Drag Kids

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TV veteran Megan Wennberg has spent most of her career working as a script supervisor on shows like Quantico and Trailer Park Boys, as well as directing several short films. Now, what began as a short television documentary turned into a full feature documentary: Drag Kids.

The documentary  focuses on four young drag queens from around the world: Stephan/Laddy Gaga from Spain; Jason/Susan Bee Anthony from the US; Bracken, a female hyperqueen in Canada and fellow Canadian Nemis/Queen Lactatia.

The pint-sized drag troupe comes together to learn from one another and perform during a Montreal Pride event, and plenty of glittering, heel-wearing hijinks ensue.

Drag Kids had its stateside debut at NewFest in New York earlier this week and a wide release will follow next year (I’ll post it here of course if it should become available for free).

Homophobes extremely upset over drag kid in Converse ad

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Earlier this week Converse announced that they partnered up with the drag queen Desmond is Amazing for a campaign advertising their new pride sneakers.

Within hours conservative commentators were calling for a boycott of the brand. Some even urged their audience to call Child Protective Services and ask them to investigate Desmond’s parents for child abuse.

“The conservative media is up in arms about Desmond being featured in Converse’s new Pride campaign,” Desmond’s mother said. “They are suggesting that Converse promotes pedophilia.”

The family was investigated by CPS for several months earlier this year because people kept reporting Desmond’s parents every time he made a public appearance. The CPS reports found no abuse or maltreatment.

Meanwhile Desmond said that he is proud to be part of the campaign. “He is spreading the message that it is okay for kids to explore their identity and express themselves, without shame, without hiding.” his mother added.

Marvel got a Drag Queen now

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If you’re into superhero comics at all, you might want to hop on the Iceman spin-off train. Marvel’s making good choices, thanks in large part to writer Sina Grace.

The fourth issue of the recently launched series introduced a new mutant. She possesses teleportation powers, and she can create and enter a pocket dimension inside her handheld folding fan. Oh yeah, she’s also Marvel’s first drag queen superhero. And her name is Shade.

It’s a fitting entry point for the new mutant. Iceman is the only running Marvel series to feature a queer lead character. Bobby Drake, Iceman’s alter-ego, is an openly gay man who wrestles with his multiple, overlapping identities in the pages of the spin-off series.

The spin-off marks a return to Iceman for Grace, who was also the writer on a 2017 series featuring the character (and struggling with his identity). It was cancelled after only 11 issues, despite critical acclaim and a GLAAD Media Award nomination. The sales just weren’t there.

The trade paperback releases were a different story. The two larger books containing all 11 issues of the original spin-off series sold much better than the individual issues, and so Marvel brought Grace back for another Iceman series in 2018. Shade made her debut in the new spin-off’s fourth issue.

“I really wanted this series to push readers to new and better stories about the whole queer experience and how it applies to being both a mutant and a superhero,” Grace said in a recent interview with The Advocate. “There’s a million different queer perspectives and we’re only scratching the surface.”

Shade’s story is only at its very beginning. She pops up again in Iceman #5, and she’ll also make an appearance in X-Men: Winter’s End, a special “annual” issue that should be out in February. There’s presumably more to come than that, but that’s all we know for now.

 

A teen drag queen & their proud mom inspire Twitter

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There’s nothing 17-year-old Brett McDowall love more than putting on a wig, slipping into a pair of heels and a sparkly dress, painting his face with makeup, and transforming into his drag alter ego, Amberlea Fruitville.

Teenage drag queen Amberlea Fruitville at prom

Brett’s mom, Randi, couldn’t be prouder of her son, whose drag ambitions started when he first got his hands on his sister’s tutu at age four. Since then, Randi has been buying him costumes and makeup and driving him to drag competitions all around Florida.

Randi recently took to Twitter to share the immense pride she feels for her son, who came out as gay at 13, writing: “My son is a drag queen. This means he likes to dress as a woman for performance purposes. He is not transgender, he identifies as a male and does not want to be a woman. It’s hurtful to be rejected by family who don’t take the time to educate themselves.”

She then asked people to retweet her post. And they did: The post has since gone viral, receiving nearly 19,000 likes, 7,000 comments and 6,000 retweets.

“What I love most about my son is that he has never been ashamed of his sexual identity or going out in drag,” she tells Gay Star News. “He is funny, an amazing singer and dancer and he owns it whenever he performs. He is kind, sensitive, smart and extremely loving and he brings joy to so many people,” she added. I could not be more proud of him.”

Violet Vixen

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Like many other kids Leo is a big fan of car racing. When he was looking for racing shows on Netflix one day he found something very different though: RuPaul’s Drag Race. “Oh my god, I need to do this!” he thought and so he did.

Fast forward to today and he has just won an award celebrating young people in his hometown. For his own drag. He is from Corby, a town in the county of Northamptonshire, England and is now known as Violet Vixen on his YouTube channel

Every year, the town celebrates young people at the Spirit of Corby Awards. After receiving the award, 12-year-old Leo said he hoped to inspire people to be themselves. “I feel shocked and really proud,” he told BBC.

Right-wing Journalist tries to humiliate drag kid, inevitably fails

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At 11 years old Desmond Is Amazing is one of the youngest drag queens in the world and he’s already using his platform to inspire the queer community. He’s been living his best life recently, including performing at the revived Wigstock festival.

Some people, however, aren’t thrilled about his success. They also don’t like that Desmond uses his platform to talk about real-world issues like gun violence at American schools. Alex Parker wrote a piece about Desmond for the right-wing site Red State, getting up in arms about Desmond’s lifestyle and activism.

“In addition to his busy schedule as a gay and “drag kid” activist, amazing Desmond’s moved into anti-gun radicalism,” Parker wrote. “That’s right—sometimes it isn’t enough to slap on some rouge, top yourself with a daffodil wig, and pull on a pleather polka-dotted sequined v-neck tapered blousy netted metallic backless cocktail dress; sometimes ya gotta rage against the 2nd Amendment.”

The article came about in response to Desmond participating in a demonstration by Gays Against Guns during New York Fashion Week. Luckily, Desmond had no time for the crude attempt at humiliation as you can see below:

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This Conservative website, Red State, did an article about me with the headline "Being Amazing: 11-Year-Old Drag Kid Fights To Take Away Your Guns". They meant to make me look like a fool and hurt and embarrass my family. They tried to make me look crazy for protesting against gun violence in schools with @changetheref and @gaysagainstgunsny But really, they made me look even more AMAZING, even going so far as to emphasize that I've earned awards for my work in the LGBTQ+ community, that my career started in 2014 with @thejinkx, and that I created the term "drag kid". I mean, they ain't lying! I've done ALL of those things and I'm grateful for the recognition. So, if you want to see what a sad bunch of adults who have nothing better to do than bully a child, call them names, and make up sexual scenarios about them, looks like, copy and paste the link below into your browser. But I wouldn't recommend it… No need to give them any needed ad revenue. https://www.redstate.com/alexparker/2018/09/13/desmond-is-amazing-gun-control/ . . . #changetheref #gaysagainstguns #bullying #babydrag #babydragqueen #boysinmakeup #brooklyndrag #clubkid #clubkids #drag #dragart #dragartist #dragbaby #dragkid #dragkids #draglife #dragqueen #dragqueer #dragsuperstar #influencer #klubkids #love #myartistcommunity #mua #nonbinary #nycdrag #queerartist . #desmondisamazing #beyourselfalways #amazies . booking: @pegmgmt

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Watch the TNT Boys slay in Drag

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Competitive music reality shows have become a staple pop culture. But with shows like Britain’s Got TalentAmerican Idol and The Voice, it seems like we’re just consistently recycling the same idea with different judges.

A Philippino game show called Your Face Sounds Familiar has pulled us out of that funk. The show has contestants impersonating celebrities and performing their hit songs. Sing them, mind you, not lip-sync. This season, their contestants are all children, and  this week’s winners sure were something else.

TNT Boys are a musical trio who took on the the Nicki Minaj/Jessie J/Ariana Grande bop, “Bang Bang.” And they pulled it off flawlessly in full drag. After taking home the grand prize, we’re ready to see them master a Drag Race Philippines spin-off.