Drag personality RuPaul Charles werked it Tuesday night as a member of the 13th class of icons inducted into the California Hall of Fame for their innovation and achievement.
The event took place in Sacramento at the California Museum, where the Hall of Fame is located.
“California is a state not just of dreamers, but of doers who pride themselves on being on the leading edge,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said at the live streamed ceremony. “That entrepreneurial spirit and the incredible diversity, daring and perseverance of our beloved state is demonstrated in the lives and the journeys of those honored tonight.”
When RuPaul was announced as an inductee in November, he said in a statement, “As a native of this great state, being inducted into the California Hall of Fame is especially heartfelt because it comes from where my dreams were born, it comes from home.”
RuPaul was one of 10 inductees into the California Hall of Fame:
- Maya Angelou
- Olympic medalist Brandi Chastain
- Astrophysicist France A. Córdova
- Skateboarder Tony Hawk
- Author-activist Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston
- Civil rights leader Rev. James M. Lawson, Jr.
- Comedian George Lopez
- Wolfgang Puck
- Winemaker and vintner Helen M. Turley
Inductees were presented with Spirit of California medals by the governor and his wife, Siebel Newsom. In addition, the lives and legacies of the new inductees are featured in an exhibit at the California Museum opening today, Wednesday, December 11.
This year’s honorees join 122 inspirational Californians previously inducted.
The California Hall of Fame was established in 2006 by the California Museum and former First Lady Maria Shriver to honor legendary people who have made their mark on history through achievements across a variety of fields, including the arts, education, business and labor, science, sports, philanthropy and public service.
Hall of Fame inductees are selected yearly by the governor and first lady.
Additionally, induction into the California Hall of Fame is an official award from the Governor of California given in an official State of California ceremony. Inductee accomplishments are made permanent record in the California State Archives.