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JUNO BIRCH.

The Sherri Ann Cabot of drag on how she became the proud trans woman she is today.

Floristry Yan Skates

“My drag is very me when I’m having a ciggy and a nervous breakdown because I forgot to order my repeat subscription of hormones”, says Juno Birch.

“It’s kind of like watching The Muppets mixed with Mommy Dearest mixed with a really confused alien woman.”

The Manchester-born drag queen and futuristic sculptor has only practiced drag full-time since December last year, but she’s amassed a devoted following on social media due to her unique, Smurf-esque aesthetic and quirky sense of humour (she wants to start a video series where she walks around Sainsbury’s with a trolley, critiquing vegetables).

We spoke with the Sherri Ann Cabot of drag about how she became the proud trans woman she is today and why she’d “take the utter piss” on Drag Race UK.

How did you get into the world of drag?

I started early December and I started drag because I wanted to do it for so long, but was too scared. When I was younger, I stayed away from it and a lot of stuff to do with the LGBTQ community because I was constantly trying to be a biological woman. I was scared about people mistaking me for a man, so I was conscious about being part of that. When I got to a point in my transition, when I had no dysphoria anymore, I didn’t care what anyone thought of me. If somebody mistakes me for a man in drag, it literally doesn’t bother me anymore.

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