Cork teenager Kevin Corr, who has just won his first drag pageant, has said it would be his “dream” to perform in Limerick, as his mother is from Limerick and her family still live there. He said he visits occasionally and “it’s a really fun place”.
At age 14, Corr is perhaps Ireland’s youngest drag act.
Corr’s drag name is Karma O’Hara and his introduction to drag began when he came out as gay at age 12.
Kevin frequently takes part in Instagram competitions for drag queens and is a big fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race. The teen said that drag has helped him to overcome his shyness.
“I love the confidence all the queens have. They are so confident. They don’t care what other people think. It’s for the buzz. They perform for their art and go through different things,” he said.
Corr says there is huge support among local Cork drag queens and that they all boost each other up.
His mother also supports him in his drag career and has described him as “the most empathetic person” she has ever met. Speaking of her initial reaction to Corr’s decision to start doing drag performances, his mother Claire said: “When he said drag, my prejudices came into play, my lack of education, my lack of understanding. I thought this was sexualisation. Now I realise drag has nothing to do with sex. It’s theatre, it’s burlesque, it’s drama, it’s dressing up. I think he’s just fabulous,” Claire concluded
“I don’t just want to perform,” he said. “I would also like to be an activist for the LGBT+ community. This is something that is very important to me.” He notes that while bullying is certainly an issue for the LGBT+ community, he has not experienced bullying himself. Kevin Corr said that as well as his dream to perform in Limerick one day, he also hopes to one day audition for Ireland’s Got Talent and perform on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
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