Keegan, aka Kween KeeKee, is a third grader living near Austin, Texas. The 9-year-old made the local news by spreading a message of love and acceptance when he performs in drag.
His teacher once asked the class what they wanted to be when they grow up. Keegan’s response? ‘Gender creative.’
Drag kid Keegan
Keegan feels fully himself when he is wearing a dress. He offers the following message to anyone who may be struggling with their identity:
‘I want the world to know that you can be special, and you can be who you want to be. You can be a vegetarian, you can even be a veterinarian. You can be LGBTQ, you can be a drag queen, drag king.’
When not in drag, Keegan uses he/him/his pronouns. Despite his family being conservative Christians, he has their full support, as well as the support of the local community.
You can follow Kween KeeKee on Instagram.
Though this sweet anecdote is coming out during Pride month, conservative news outlets are outraged that ABC affiliate KTRK promoted Keegan’s story. The story was picked up by rightwing sites like The Blaze, The Washington Examiner, Twitchy, and Weasel Zippers. People on Twitter also responded to the story with comments like ‘Ridiculous!’ and ‘This has to stop!’
Even verified accounts accosted ABC News for this story. They told ABC to delete their account, and deemed the story ‘sick exploitation.’ One verified user even likened drag to pedophilia.
This sick exploitation is proof positive the left sets the rules. If parents dared let this 9 year old play in the backyard alone, child services would intervene.
— Rich Zeoli (@Richzeoli) June 23, 2019
Delete your account
— Ron Coleman (@RonColeman) June 23, 2019
Normalizing pedophilia. You fuckers are sick.
Why aren’t parents being investigated for child abuse?
— Vik Grujic (@VikGrujic) June 22, 2019
And, of course, some people decided to boycott ABC over this lighthearted story.
Thanks ABC for being our social engineering overlords. We will be choosing other options for our news consumption.
— 🇺🇸Kenny C.🇺🇸 (@Kenkong909) June 22, 2019