By Josh Saunders
Meet the amazing 11-year-old drag queen performer who’s taking the internet by storm and defying cruel hate preachers who tell parents he is ‘GOING TO HELL.’
Jason Thomas Kerr has been strutting his stuff on stages all over the country as his ‘confident’ and ‘sassy’ alter-ego Suzan Bee Anthony for over two years.
He started dressing as a girl from the age of three, donning dresses and applying full make-up and wigs, with the help of his sisters.
After declaring interest in the world of drag when he attended Pride for the first time, parents Victoria and Greg, 40 and 34, gave support to help him fulfil his dream.
They describe drag as a ‘family affair’ with even his sisters Olivia and Trinity, 19 and 17, lending a hand to select outfits and apply make-up to transform their brother into a colourful queen.
Now the aspiring drag diva has a wardrobe of 25 outfits including tutus, pink print, jewellery, feather boas, sequins and more.
Despite most people praising the parents for empowering their son from such a young age, some religious officials have condemned the actions.
Victoria, a preschool teacher, said: “He loves doing drag and it gives him so much confidence. There is definitely a difference between Jason and Suzan Bee.
“Jason tends to be a little shy but then it’s like flipping a switch to Suzan Bee, he has more confidence and is very sassy.
“Seeing the change in him and how happy he is, makes my heart burst with happiness.
“It’s so exciting seeing him perform, he can get up there and do what he does. It makes us feel happy as a family watching him strut his stuff.
“I just want my kids to be happy and do what makes them feel complete, I feel that drag does that for Jason.
“I couldn’t care less about what people think of me, I know some people are closed minded to gay and drag culture, but generally, people are supportive.
“Two years ago, a lady came up to me and said, ‘Your daughter is so pretty,’ when I told her he was my son she said, ‘Oh my god, that’s even better.’
“Jason is not the son I expected to have, I expected him to like trucks and getting dirty working on cars, but my son basically strutted out the womb. To me he is perfect the way he is.”
Since starting drag Suzan Bee has performed for projects to raise funds for the Aids Foundation and at multiple Pride events from Oklahoma City to Montreal and others.
The mum-of-three added: “Seeing him out there and like, ‘This is me, this is who I am’ is fantastic and makes me so proud.
“Young gay people and drag queens come up to us and say they wish they could have ‘came out’ in their younger life like Jason.”
Victoria says her son always exhibited ‘effeminate’ qualities from an early age and to support him they ensured bullying was never tolerated at school.
The encouragement showed by his family led Jason to officially ‘come out’ last year.
Victoria said: “I’m so glad he could talk to us, it was like a regular conversation.
“He came in and told us he had a crush on someone at school, he told us his name and that he made him happy.
“Jason never doubted our support or felt he had to hide it, he was just like ‘this is me’ and ‘this is what I like.’
“We knew he was feminine acting when he was really small, we were always protective and never let anyone bully him.
“For me there was never any choice but to be supportive of my son.”
Jason draws inspiration from superstars ranging from Ru Paul, Lady Gaga, Meghan Trainor and his ‘drag granny’ Ruby Diamond who encouraged him to start performing.
He is also a member of the Kakes Drag family from Arkansas.
His family hope to continue spreading the word about young drag performers and to open more minds.
Victoria said: “I love sharing what he does, we live in the middle of a bible belt state, so some people are closed minded to gay and drag culture.
“If it takes talking every day talking about this to open more minds that’s fine with me and that’s what I’ll do.
“We’ve had bible verses quoted to us on Facebook, I normally block them and don’t even dignify them with a response. I don’t want them to have power.
“Every year at pride there is a minister who tries to get confrontational, he thinks ‘they are all going to hell.’
“But I happen to believe in a god who loves everyone and we are all very different.”