The network and producers behind RuPaul's Drag Race have responded to criticism calling a segment aired last week offensive to transgender people.

Contestants on the reality series in search of “America's next drag superstar” were asked during a mini-challenge to decide whether a photo was of a “female” or a “she-male.” “She-male” in the context of the challenge referred to a former RuPaul's Drag Race contestant.

Critics of the segment said it crossed the line into transphobia.

“We delight in celebrating every color in the LGBT rainbow,” said the show's producers, including RuPaul Charles, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe and Mandy Salangsang. “When it comes to the movement of our trans sisters and trans brothers, we are newly sensitized and more committed than ever to help spread love, acceptance and understanding.”

Logo, which has aired the show since its 2009 premiere, added: “We have heard the concerns around this segment. We are committed to sharing a diverse range of trans stories across all of our screens and look forward to featuring positive and groundbreaking stories of trans people in the future.”