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Gay student wins right to dress in drag and lip sync to I Will Survive on last day of school

Over 280 students signed a petition to change the principal's mind

Gay student wins right to dress in drag and lip sync to I Will Survive on last day of school
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Philipp shows his school exactly how amazing drag can be

A British gay student has wowed his classmates, staff and the world with a performance of I Will Survive on his last day of school.

Philipp Penning, 16, a student at Charlton School, in Telford, Shropshire, had originally got the idea after performing as Edna in his school production of Hairspray.

Inspiring him to appear in drag at the Leavers Assembly, he asked teachers whether he could do the performance for his classmates.

But they denied the request, with a teacher calling it ‘unrespectable’.

A day later, the student body st up a petition that received 283 signatures from Philipp’s classmates.

The petition was handed to the principal, who then decided to change his mind.

The video, recorded at the school on Friday, shows Philipp performing the Gloria Gaynor classic.

In the footage he enters in a full Donna Summer fantasy, dressed in towering black heels, a red dress and black wig.

The music starts, and it’s RuPaul’s Sissy That Walk.

The crowd of kids keep screaming and applauding, with one shouting ‘I love you!’

‘I know you all wanted me to do Born This Way, but I’m afraid I can’t move that fast in six inch heels,’ Penning jokes.

‘Instead we’re going to be playing a song that’s very special to me and it’s one you will know – I Will Survive’.

Strutting his way across the stage, Philipp performs the song to rousing cheers and applause from staff and pupils.

He even snatches his wig off for the powerhouse performance.

As the song falls away, and as he takes his bow, Philipp says: ‘That is the gayest thing to ever happen at Charlton School!’

Something tells us Philipp might be getting a phone call from RuPaul any day now.


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