"I'm Proud Of Him": 12-Year-Old Boy Wants To Be A Drag Queen, And His Mom Fully Supports Him

Family & Kids

October 25, 2018 12:52 By Fabiosa

When we have a definitive idea of what our children should be like, we may get upset when they want to be different. But encouraging kids to be themselves is what we really should be doing,

says Lauren Noakes, a mom from Corby, Northamptonshire.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“My son is a drag queen and I’m proud of him”

Lauren’s son, Leo, has been interested in fancy clothes, heels, and makeup since he was a toddler. Lauren found it a little bit unusual but thought nothing of it.

When Leo started putting on makeup and wearing girls’ clothes more and more often, his mom grew worried. Did she do something wrong? At first, she thought her son became obsessed with dressing up as a girl because he had no father figure until age 3.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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When Leo was six, Lauren tried to redirect his interest to cars and other "boyish" stuff. It worked, but only for a short time, until Leo discovered RuPaul’s Drag Race on Netflix. That’s when he decided he wanted to be a drag queen.

At that point, Lauren finally decided to embrace her son as he was and let him express himself. He had only worn girls’ clothes when he was home, and now he started wearing them outside. Needless to say, some of Leo’s schoolmates started teasing him, but he didn’t care.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Leo decided he wanted to become an Instagram celebrity, and his mom was wary at first – because of the possibility of bullying – but eventually agreed. They created an account where Leo started posting his looks.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The boy’s following grew and he got noticed. He and his mom were invited to appear on Loose Women, a popular talk show. Leo appeared on the show dressed as his drag queen alter-ego, Violet Vixen, and said this about dressing up:

It just gives you more confidence, you just feel more like yourself.

Leo’s mom is happy that he does what he loves and doesn’t plan on stopping him. She wrote for Mirror Online:

My mantra is simple: if Leo’s not hurting anyone, what’s the problem? He is so much more confident, comfortable and happy than he ever was, and our relationship’s better than ever.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Leo did make a name for himself. He received a Spirit of Corby award for inspiring other young people to be themselves, the BBC reported.

Say what you will about Leo and his mom, but she lets him be himself and that makes them both happy. What's the problem with it?

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