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UK: Boy banned from performing drag act at school talent show

3 August 2018
A 14-year-old boy in England was banned from performing a drag act at his school’s end-of-year talent show because it was deemed “age inappropriate”.
Photo: Athena Heart / Instagram

 

A 14-year-old boy in England was banned from performing a drag act at his school’s end-of-year talent show on 17 July because it was deemed “age inappropriate”, reported The Guardian.

Inspired by the hit TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race, Lewis Bailey planned on wearing a floral skirt and jacket, high heels and a silver wig to perform his lip-sync dance routine as alter-ego Athena Heart.

But the teen was left “heartbroken and confused” on the eve of the talent show when Castle High School and Visual Arts College in Dudley, near Birmingham, said he couldn’t perform his drag act.

According to The Guardian, principal Michelle King said the school is inclusive and celebrates diversity, but stands by its belief that it is inappropriate for young people to perform drag acts in the style of RuPaul, which are “characterised by strong language and sexual innuendo”.

“We made the decision that it was not age appropriate for either the learner and for the intended audience, his peer group, for Lewis to appear as a ‘drag act’,” she said.

Lewis’s mother Natalie said the school initially claimed it was illegal for people younger than 18 to participate in drag act competitions, but the school has denied this.

Despite not being able to perform in drag, Lewis did attend school in drag on 20 July for the non-uniform last day of term.

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