Nine-year-old Keegan goes by Kween-Kee-Kee when he dresses in drag and dances onstage,
His mother calls him a “gender creative” kid — and while he goes by the pronouns “he,” “him” and “his,” Keegan also enjoys dressing as a girl, the outlet added, and “feels more like himself” when he’s wearing a dress.
Drag queen mentors
Two adult drag queens act as mentors to Keegan, who lives in a “conservative, Christian suburb outside of Austin, Texas,” Reuters said.
One mentor is Alex, 26, who uses the drag name Alexandria Van Cartier, and has tried to teach Keegan to be comfortable with himself, the outlet noted.
“Part of what drag has done, for me at least… it’s like, if you’re not enjoying what you’re seeing in the mirror, then there is something wrong,” Alex told Reuters. “And if I’m going to have to look at myself in the mirror for three hours, I better like what I’m seeing.”
Another drag queen — Robby, 25 — told the outlet that “at the end of the day … [mentoring Keegan] is just creating positive change for a kid who maybe didn’t know that there was an option to do so.”
What about Keegan’s parents?
The outlet added that while Keegan has only performed in drag as Kween-Kee-Kee two times, he’s found some acclaim through his minikweenkeekee
Instagram page on which he posts photos dressed in full drag with his mother’s assistance.
Kween KeeKee & Mom
Keegan’s father, 33-year-old Chris, told Reuters he initially had mixed feelings regarding Keegan’s gender expression and didn’t think too much about it. But in recent years he told the outlet the family made a collective decision to not impose prescribed gender roles in their home.
Mom and Dad also wanted to “let Keegan be himself” and not force norms upon him, Reuters reported, adding that they were surprised recently when — five years after he started wearing dresses — Keegan said he was gay.
Here’s Kween-Kee-Kee performing at the 2018 Austin International Drag Festival:
Kween Keekee at Austin International Drag Fest 2018