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‘Drag queen’ kid defies labels to teach educators about queer youth

'Gender creative' Keegan puts spotlight on how teachers are finding better ways to address kids like him

Daniel Trotta and Amanda Voisard

When a third-grade teacher from Texas asked her mostly eight-year-old pupils what they wanted to be when they grew up, one of them wrote on the white board: “Drag queen.”

That response came from Keegan, now nine, a “gender creative” kid, in his mother’s words, illustrating just one of the challenges facing teachers as they accommodate the range of gender identities that pupils might express.

(The family and school will not be fully identified here, at their request, to protect them from potential harassment.)..

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