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14-Year-Old Banned From Performing to RuPaul’s Music in Drag at School Due To “Age Appropriateness”

A young 14-year-old was told by his school he was unable to perform drag routine.

Lewis Bailey from Dudley, West Midlands, hit the headlines this weekend when it was revealed the 14-year-old had been banned from performing drag at a school performance. Told by Castle High School just a day before his performance, his mother claimed the routine was banned as teachers felt that drag acts were illegal for under-18s.



Bailey said he was “heartbroken and confused” at the decision, and that it had made him feel like he wasn’t “accepted for who I am”. He said he had been practising his lip-sync routine, inspired by his love for RuPaul’s Drag Race, for weeks in advance and it was to involve a medley of tracks from Little Mix, Ariana Grande, and RuPaul.

The principal of Castle High School and Visual Arts College in Dudley, West Midlands, defended the decision to ban the drag performance on the grounds of “age appropriateness”.

Lewis’ Mother, Natalie Bailey, told The Daily Mail: “There’s no law over impersonating a female and doing a dance. We can’t find anything anywhere that says that, and anyway it’s a school talent show, not a competition.

“His act for the talent show was dressing as a lady and dancing. There is no swearing, no raunchy behaviour, nothing over the top.

“The school is very multicultural and I think the school think some of the parents won’t like it. But people should be able to do what they want to do and be who they want to be. They have really knocked his confidence. They have knocked his confidence to zero.”


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Lewis added that he thinks “the real reason is they don’t accept me for who I am. I’m heart broken and confused. After all the effort I have put into it, it has knocked my confidence a lot.”

Lewis may still get to make his drag dreams a reality though, as offers are flooding in for the student to take to the stage across the country. Tour promoter Holy Trannity have announced they have invited him to take the stage during their ’10’s Across The Board’ show in Birmingham. The show will feature stars from the most recent season of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’, including Aquaria, Miz Cracker, and Asia O’Hara.

UPDATE: Lewis is confirmed to be performing as Athena Heart at the Birmingham show! Great work, Holy Trannity!

It looks like Athena will also be taking to the Dragworld stage, thanks to well-known drag star Crystal Lubrikunt.

Fingers crossed that all the online love for Lewis helps to boost his confidence!

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