Ant & Dec told they have changed LGBTQ+ lives by appearing in drag

Ant & Dec told they have changed LGBTQ+ lives by appearing in drag
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Ant and Dec, the biggest and most popular TV presenters in the UK, have appeared in FULL drag on their flagship show, Saturday Night Takeaway alongside RuPaul and the three winners of Drag Race UK… and queer kids are loving it.


Twitter was understandably alight but it was messages from queer kid’s mum’s that really hit home with one revealing that her son was being bullied for wearing make-up, she said in a video: “What you’ve done tonight is just amazing. It’s going to show everyone around the world it’s ok to be who you want to be.”


On the show, which regularly draws in over 8 million viewers, Ant and Dec were joined on stage by Laurence Chaney, Crystal Versace and The Vivienne who have all won RuPaul’s Drag Race UK and Mama Ru was also on hand with Michelle Visage to lend a hand with the announcements. RuPaul’s make-up artists Raven was on painting duties along with 27-year-old Ellis Atlantis who won series 1 of BBC make-up competition show Glow Up.

Ellis said about doing Dec’s make-up: “To be alone in a dressing room with a straight man doing his make-up I almost felt vulnerable but Dec was so welcoming, warm and friendly and he really understood. He told me they’d had the idea to do a drag performance for a while and originally they were going to go off stage and come back on in drag in four minutes. But they decided if they were going to do it they wanted to do it properly and pay respect to the drag community and that in itself was really reassuring.”


Atlantis couldn’t underestimate how important what they were doing was, saying; “While I was doing Dec’s make-up I said to him: ‘You might not realise this, but when you go out there in drag and you do this song on a mainstream stage it’s going to change so many young queer children’s lives’. And he totally got it.”


Dec’s transformation apparently took just under two hours while Raven painted Ant in another dressing room. Ellis continued: “Having two straight men on mainstream TV doing drag alongside actual working drag queens is such a fabulous thing. They’re showing it’s fun. Anyone and everyone should try drag once in their lives, it’s such a liberating, freeing feeling. You get to become someone else while still being yourself.”


Here’s the whole performance of We Werk Together which is a new single to help raise money for food bank charity The Trussell Trust.


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