The new rising star in the gay community is an eight-year-old drag queen named Lactatia.
Backed by his parents, Lactatia, whose real name is Nemis Quinn Melancon Golden, started performing drag at the age of seven.
In an interview with LGBT in the city, Lactatia explains his 14-year-old sister, Kashmyr Luna Higgins, came up with his drag name.
“Well, my sister made it up and we all thought that was really funny,” he said.
According to a statement provided to Best Kept Montreal, Lactatia’s parents reveal their son’s “biggest milestone” was when he said he wanted to be “a girl with a penis” when he was “going through a pretty intense Beyonce phase.”
Lactatia’s parents, who call themselves “huge allies,” claim they’ve discussed the connection between drag performance and being gay. They claim that despite Lactatia not currently believing he is gay, “Maybe he will in the future? Who knows.”
Lactatia’s parents go beyond just providing emotional support. They told Best Kept Montreal that when they are shopping for Lactatia, it is “equal parts black skinny jeans and skulls as it is sequins and tulle.” They state his hobbies include skateboarding, contouring, and using what’s known as “tuck tape.”
In the LGBT in the city interview, Lactatia’s mother can be seen putting on his makeup before his performance.
Lactatia first became a symbol in the gay community after he was recorded performing drag on stage alongside “RuPaul’s Drag Race” drag queen Bianca del Rio. Since then, he has been propped up in an array of gay-friendly news sites, including Gay Times UK, New Now Next, Pink News, Towleroad, and the Advocate. Even RuPaul himself shared a tweet with Lactatia’s performance.
“I think that anyone can do what they want in life. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks. If you wanna be a drag queen and your parents don’t let you, you need new parents. If you wanna be a drag queen and your friends don’t let you, you need new friends,” Lactatia told LGBT in the city.
According to LGBT in the city, the goal is to get Lactatia on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”