Teen Invited to Perform Alongside the Biggest Names in Drag After Being Banned From School Talent Show

Lewis Bailey put his heart and soul into his talent show routine for Castle Hills High School and Visual Arts College in Dudley, West Midlands, England only to be told he could not perform the night before the big event. The school’s administrator claimed that his drag routine was not “age appropriate,”  even though there was no sexual content or profanity in his routine.

The incident represents, yet again, an attempt by school leaders and administrators to police kids’ and teens’ gender expression in school settings. But, Bailey, who performs as the drag persona Athena Heart, is not without support or encouragement. His stepfather is the one who helped him mix his songs and his grandmother bought him the heels he planned to wear during his performance. Since the news, he has also received an overflowing amount of support from people through social media.

The outcry over the school’s decision was so impactful that it reached the producers of DragWorld, Europe’s largest drag celebration and convention. Lewis has been invited to perform at the event in August--allowing him to showcase the program he was not allowed to perform at school.

Further reading:

Drag teen banned from Dudley school talent show

Teenager 'heartbroken' after school banned his talent show drag act

Boy, 14, is banned from performing drag act in high heels and long silver wig at talent show after school told him it was ILLEGAL

Schoolboy banned from talent show will perform with some of the biggest names in drag 


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