Introducing Lactatia, the 8-Year Old Drag Queen
From the depths of Montreal’s drag queen culture has emerged the youngest star to grace its community—Lactatia. Though the queen’s name resembles that which the lactose intolerant population fears, there is no need to fret, for Lactatia is dairy-free and full of energy. The 8-year-old queen delved into the scene only a year ago, at the wee age of 7, as Nemis Quinn Mélançon-Golden. Before most can even comprehend the essence of his or her gender, Mélançon-Golden was already experimenting with his. Wasting no time, he started with voguing lessons that have clearly paid off, as Lactatia recently took home a victory from the queen’s first ball in Montreal, where the crowned category was appropriately “First Time in Drag at a Ball.”
Not only is Lactatia already a winner, but she is also being widely considered Montreal’s emerging drag superstar, having already appeared onstage alongside a community legend, Bianca Del Rio, winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6—who we totally agree with in calling the child queen “fucking adorable.” There is no doubt that the perfectly poised, kind of suspiciously flawless queen has got a lot of life to live and a lot of lip sync to perform, but Lactatia has already met a slew of nasty haters who claim that Nemis’ drag identity is a product of child abuse. Though to us, the sensible liberals with open minds and a decent conscience, the boy’s drag persona is a result of supportive parents, freedom of expression, and a beautifully embracive community. But most importantly, to quote drag’s ultimate grand supreme, “If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else.”
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