The school and teenage years can be a daunting time for many, but for east Hull-born Regina, the years of relentless bullying left him awkwardly shy and with poor mental health. After being bullied for “being different”, Regina took to musical theatre to overcome his shyness and to eventually pursue something he was passionate about – drag. Now, the Hull local – who goes by the name of Regina Sparkles – performs as a vivacious, outgoing and bubbly character throughout Yorkshire. The performer began pursuing drag as a career in 2017 after securing a business mentor from The Prince’s Trust. Since then, Regina Sparkles has worked full-time in Hull, Leeds and Manchester and regularly attends LGBT+ events in Yorkshire to help spread the message that it’s OK to be you. But, it hasn’t always been so smooth sailing for the 7ft drag queen. ‘People think it’s OK to grab my boobs or bum – it isn’t’ “I get a lot of people grabbing me by the boobs or the bum and they think it’s appropriate to do things like that,” says Regina. Regina isn’t the first drag queen to experience sexual assault either, or harassment, but the issue often goes… Read full this story
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