Drag queens

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Birmingham Queen to feature in RuPaul's Drag Race UK

Drag queens set to feature in the first series of RuPaul's Drag Race UK have been announced - and there's a Brummie on the list.

Sum Ting Wong

"I am a Chinese male who's overweight and losing his hair," said 30-year-old Sum Ting Wong.

"When I started doing drag five years ago, I wanted a name that was cheeky but also reflected my British Vietnamese heritage."

She'll go head to head with nine other queens in the first UK series of the American phenomenon which is due to air on BBC Three in October.

Drag queen storyteller defended by council leader

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A decision to invite a drag queen to launch a summer event at local libraries has been defended by a council leader.

Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Mama G, Cllr Neil Nerva, Cllr Muhammed Butt
Brent Council

Brent Council leader, Muhammed Butt said he was “delighted” to welcome Mama G to the council to promote this year’s ‘summer reading challenge’, despite some online criticism describing it as “poor judgment” and “disrespectful”.

The panto dame and drag queen specialises in storytelling and her shows are described as suitable for families, including children aged three and above.

The performer has previously been criticised for teaching children how to ‘twerk’ – a dance involving hip-thrusting movements – at similar library events.

Mr Butt tweeted that Mama G’s performance contained “age-appropriate messages about inclusion and acceptance”.

“Panto dames have been part of British culture for over a century. It was a public event, so parents could choose whether or not to bring their child along," he added.

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