RuPaul's Drag Race returned this week for an eighth season on Logo.

The reality drag contest's host, RuPaul, recently opened up about the show's impact on gay/drag culture around the world.

“When I was coming up, I had mentors who taught me about Tennessee Williams and Tallulah Bankhead and Truman Capote and [Federico] Fellini – all that stuff,” RuPaul said in an interview with Billboard's Pop Shop Podcast. “That sort of went away at one point....So I'm so proud of Drag Race for taking up the slack in that department, because so many young kids around the world … get to watch Drag Race and learn about Paris Is Burning or Grey Gardens.”

“At Drag Race and through my music, I sort of carry the torch of the gay movement, the drag movement. Really, the outsider movement,” he added.

RuPaul also discussed his new album Butch Queen.

“[The album is] called Butch Queen because I'm really paying homage to drag,” RuPaul said. “You know, drag queens are like the Marines of the LGBT movement. Drag queens show up, they suit up, and they're ready to serve. Butch Queen is really paying homage to that. It's as if I had a vogue ball, this album would be the soundtrack to it.”