Episode available within Canada only.

As an art form, drag has always been about breaking down barriers, exploring new territory and daring to do the unexpected. And now, a new type of queen is emerging on the scene: she’s fierce, she’s living in a time of unprecedented access to queer culture and she’s younger than ever before. She’s a drag kid, and she’s a long way from the era of the queens who took part in the Stonewall riots nearly 50 years ago.

Drag kids perform at the Montreal Pride Festival

Stephan, Nemis, Bracken and Jason are very different kids living in very different parts of the world, but they’re united by a deep love of drag.

Fiery Stephan (a.k.a. Laddy Gaga), 9, lives with his British expat family in the south of Spain, where his explosive performances can’t be contained by their villa, so he has started performing at tourist restaurants.

Shy Jason (a.k.a. Suzan Bee Anthony), 11, lives in the U.S. Bible Belt where his chosen family have formed a protective circle around him that has allowed his sassy alter ego to blossom.

Precocious Bracken, 11, lives in Vancouver, where she struggles for acceptance as a “hyper queen” (a female drag performer) and for opportunities to connect in the 19-plus world of drag shows.

Child star Nemis (a.k.a. Queen Lactatia), 9, lives in Montreal, and with the help of his “momager,” he loves pushing boundaries, from selling his merch at a local fetish store to judging a vogue ball in a downtown bar.

The four children in Drag Kids have never met, but they’re coming together for the first time at Montreal Pride to perform a group number to Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” and to compete in an all-ages vogue ball.

As they prepare for the big show, each child faces his or her own unique challenges, as well as challenges he or she has in common with the other performers: deep feelings of isolation (most have never met another “drag kid” before) and the struggle of trying to claim a place of one’s own on the fringes of a fringe culture.

Credits (Click to expand)

written & directed by
Megan Wennberg

executive producer
Edward Peill

produced by
Erin Oakes

Warren Jefferies

director of photography
Paul McCurdy

additional camera
Darcy Fraser

sound recordist
Zander Rosborough
Julia Innes
Petros Kolyvas
Barton Hewett
Tim Crich

camera assistants
Sarah Lopez

Ms. Candy Blog

production manager
Victoria Germaine

post-production manager
John Feron

production assistant
Sebastian Fairley
Paul Naiman

assistant editor
J.T. Stubbs

business affairs
Ann Flemming

production accountant
Denise Vickers

online editor / colourist
Doug Woods

assistant online editor
Robert Carrigan

title card design
Nathan Boone

audio post coordinator
Brian Power, CSC

re-recording mixer
Matt Dawson

closed captioning

Pamela Cameron
John Mann
Daniel McKay
Leanne Oakes
Vaughn Pearson

APM Music

Performed by Lady GaGa
By arrangement with Universal Music Canada

“Born This Way”
Perfomed by Lady GaGa
By arrangement with Universal Music Canada

“No Excuses”
Performed by Meghan Trainor
By arrangement with Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.

“Million Reasons”
Perfomed by Lady GaGa
By arrangement with Universal Music Canada

“Bitch I’m Everything”
Performed by Joelapussy
By arrangement with Joel Garcia

music clearance supervisor
Tammy Egan

financial services provided by
RBC, Royal Bank of Canada

Front Row Insurance Brokers Inc.

legal services
Rob Aske, Stewart McKelvey

Olivia Bailey
Trinity Bailey
Sarah Byrne
Ruby Diamond
Connie Derbyshire
Philie Drouin
Ralph Escamillan
Guiseppe Ganci
Coriander Golden
Ben Hanke
Autumn Holiday
Leiomy Maldonado
Theirry Papineau
Jean-Francois Perrier
Stevie Spit
Gerard X Reyes, Producer POP KiKi Ball

additional thanks
Emerald Isle
Fierte Montreal Pride
House of Gvasalia
Harbour Dance Centre
Joplin Pride
Kinki Lounge Kitchen
Last Door Recovery Centre
Oxy Jeune
Studio Bizz
Studio FX
Stray Sod
Urban Element Zone
Van Vogue Jam

for the CBC

general manager, programming
Sally Catto

executive director, unscripted content
Jennifer Dettman

senior director, documentary
Sandra Kleinfeld

senior director of production, unscripted content
Alexandra Lane

executive in charge of production
Charlotte Engel