10-year-old Desmond Napoles is not a typical kid. With a flair for fashion and makeup, he enjoys dressing as a drag queen. While drag clubs are not uncommon in his home state of New York, there are currently no drag clubs for children. Thinking that there must be other children in the world like him, Desmond decided to launch the first ever online drag community for children.
Desmond has enjoyed dressing up since he was a toddler
A resident of Brooklyn in New York City, Desmond has always loved wearing dresses and makeup. He first began dressing up when he was a toddler. He would use sheets and towels to create dresses and wigs and would strut up and down the hallway in his mother’s high heels. In an interview, Desmond revealed that he first discovered his sexuality at an early age.
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“Ever since day one… ever since I was able to walk, I used to take my mom’s towels and take her heels and clomp around the house. (I’d) put the towel on my head, wrap a towel around my body and walk the runway down my house,” he said. Sometime later, he began having crushes on boys.
His mother, Wendylou Napoles, explained that she neither encouraged or discouraged his behavior but just let it happen. She consulted a therapist who advised her to do nothing and let Desmond develop naturally. While Desmond does identify as gay, he does not feel that he is transgender.
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Desmond has plans for “Haus of Amazing” which will be the first online drag community for children
Desmond, also known by his drag name Desmond is Amazing, received his first big break as a drag queen in 2014 when he appeared in Jinkx Monsoon’s music video, “The Bacon Shake”, with his hero RuPaul and B-52 lead singer Fred Schneider. In June of 2015, a video of Desmond dancing in a rainbow tutu and gold beret at the NYC Gay Pride Parade went viral.
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Confident in who he is, Desmond wants to support other children like him and has plans to start the first ever online drag community for children. While “Haus of Amazing” is still in the works, it is Desmond’s hope to have the community completed soon. “Haus of Amazing” will be a safe and encouraging online community exclusively for drag kids.
The community is not yet launched as the poster on the website merely says to stay tuned for details. With this online community, Desmond hopes to inspire and encourage other children who struggle with their identity or harassment. His motto is: “Be yourself always.”
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