Look, 11 year olds performing in gender “appropriate” roles are never criticized for dressing and singing as adults. In fact, they’re celebrated on enormously popular television variety shows.

If you don’t believe me, I’m more than happy to post hundreds if not thousands of images for you. It shouldn’t be necessary, though. Just Google “America’s Got Talent.”

Your assumption that he’s being sexually exploited or groomed because he dresses as a woman and sings in gay bars reveals insidious homophobia.

First, you’re implying that drag is about sex, which obviously it isn’t. Think about it. Who are the traditional consumers of drag performance art? Gay men. Gay men are almost never sexually turned on by drag queens. Why would they be? Gay men like other men, not women.

Second, you’re implying that drag is somehow less wholesome or valuable than other forms of entertainment, when it’s actually enjoying a huge surge of popularity, and deserves no less respect than other forms of pop performance art. In your comment, you refer to children hypothetically stripping in a club, as if that has some bearing on the subject at hand. Drag is not stripping. Drag performances are in no way equivalent to strip shows.

Third, you’re implying that gay men (who, remember, are not attracted to women by definition) must be sexually attracted to a male child performing as a women.

Your comment saddens me. May I suggest that you please try to pull your mind out of the gutter?

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com

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