Discovery+ to premiere show featuring teenage drag queens

The show, Generation Drag, will premiere on June 1, and follows five teens and their families as they prepare for Dragutante, a drag show put on for LGBTQ youth.

Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

The streaming service Discovery+ is set to drop a show in June following teen drag queens as they prepare for an event in Colorado.

The show, Generation Drag, will premiere on June 1, and follows five teens and their families as they prepare for Dragutante, a drag show put on for LGBTQ youth.

According to Deadline, the show, produced by Tyra Banks, will follow Jameson, Noah, Vinny, Bailey and Nabela as they prepare for the event.

Howard Lee, President of TLC Streaming and Network Originals, called the show a "heartfelt and joyous coming of age series."

"In this heartfelt and joyous coming of age series, Generation Drag celebrates a group of amazingly talented teens who put their creativity, passion, and talent on center stage," said Lee. "Jameson, Noah, Vinny, Bailey and Nabela may only be in their teens, yet they are well beyond their years in being true to themselves and recognizing the importance of living authentically.  Their story is an inspiration to express yourself at any age."

"I have such admiration and respect for these teens. They are bravely navigating coming into their own in a world that can be very challenging and not always accepting. What is so beautiful is seeing their parents and siblings supporting them," added Tyra Banks. "These teens’ laser-focused tenacity inspires my team and me and we are honored to share their stories. I can’t wait for these popping personalities to show their fierceness to the world."

The trailer for the show, which was posted to YouTube on April 26, showcases the young teens talking about why they perform drag, and talks about issues that have arisen within their families.

"I first discovered drag at 13. I didn’t know what it was, but I knew I wanted it," one of the show’s stars said. "I put on the wig and the makeup, and I’m someone completely different."

"I never expected drag to be a part of our lives," one of the parents said. "These are problems I never though I had to prepare for."

The teens are seen wearing sky-high heels, skimpy outfits, as well as copious amounts of makeup.

In one clip from the trailer, one of the show’s stars, who is transgender, talks about asking the parents to remove an old family photo, which showed the child as a boy.

"It’s a constant reminder that I had to pretend I was a boy," the teen, Noah, said.

Dragutante says on its website that it is a "a safe stage for aspiring drag performers 18 & under." It adds that the events is for "teen queens, kings & non-binary performers ages 8-18."


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