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PRIDE MONTH: Drag Syndrome

As we continue to celebrate pride month, we simply cannot pass the month by without celebrating the wonderful, vibrant, spectacular Drag Syndrome! Drag Syndrome is a collective of drag artists with Down Syndrome, founded in East London by Daniel Vais in 2018.

a drag queen with downs syndrome, long blonde hair and long dramatic eyelashes

With a packed audience at just their first show at Vogue Fabrics, it is no surprise that the group has amassed fans worldwide and sold out numerous shows as the collective has grown beyond the UK and across the globe. Artists include Horrora Shebang, Justin Bond, Lady Francesca, Lady Mercury, Davina Starr, Nikita Gold, Gaia Callas, Frozita Honkong, George the Lord and Gymma Black, each with their own unique style and act - all which can be found on their website and Instagram page.

“It started because we were invited to perform in a specific space, and there were a couple of drag queens there,” Daniel continues. “One of the artists said, ‘I want to try to do that.’ And then I said, ‘You know, drag is an art form. It’s quite intense and you have to know what you’re doing.’ And then they said this is something that they really want to do. So I came up with the title Drag Syndrome on the spot and we all giggled.”

- Daniel Vais, founder and director

five drag queens with downs syndrome, each doing a different pose

Drag Syndrome are internationally acclaimed, having performed at RuPaul's DragCon, been featured in British Vogue and booked for an endless list of events and festivals, it's clear that there's no stopping this groundbreaking collective.

“Drag allows me to release the inner character and the power I have within me.”

- Otto Baxter, drag queen and Drag Syndrome member


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