IRELAND’s youngest drag queen, 15, has been kicked off Instagram after joining LGBTQ hate groups – in an effort to understand them.
Kevin Corr, who goes by the stage name Karma O’Hara, discovered a global anti-gay cyber campaign called Operation Pridefall, whose aim is to convince companies to cut all ties with LGBTQ groups.
The youngster – who is taking the drag world by storm after winning his first pageant last year – decided to set up a profile to ‘infiltrate’ the hate campaign so he could try to understand their motives.
But the 15-year-old has been left devastated after Instagram blocked him from the platform.
Mum Claire Connolly Doyle, from Cork, said: “In lockdown, I noticed that Kev had not been in drag for many weeks and I got concerned and asked him about it.
“He explained about opening a fake Pridefall account and how he thought that was why his real account was shut down.
I didn’t know what to say or do. Kev’s tears are kryptonite to me.”
Claire Connolly Doyle
“I didn’t know what to say or do. Kev’s tears are kryptonite to me.”
Kevin’s entire account was lost, including his thousands of followers which he had racked up since winning his first drag pageant, the Little Miss Mockie Ah, when he was 14.
The teen and his mum Claire have both tried to contact the social networking site – owned by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg – to have his account reinstated.
But the site has strict rules when it comes to accounts associated with ‘hate speech’ and have not answered the family’s calls to reactivate Kevin’s account.
Claire added: “Drag is a performance art and he had not only lost his stage he had also lost his platform on which to communicate with friends and young people who look up to him.
“It wasn’t just his voice that was gone, so was his face, his performance, his alter ego, Karma O’Hara. He had disappeared.
“We both tried with dismal unsuccess to contact Instagram and Facebook.
“This process could take years; the removal of Karma O’Hara from Instagram represents the removal of one of the very few young LGBT+ role models in Ireland.”
USE HIS PLATFORM
Determined to use his platform to inspire ‘young queer kids across Ireland and the world’, Kevin has set up another Instagram profile @karmaohara, while he battles to explain to his situation to the social media platform.
Kevin first entered the drag world at the age of 12 – after he came out as gay and was struggling with depression.
The youngster looked to TV superstar Ru Paul for inspiration on how to battle his demons.
Speaking to Cork’s 96FM last summer, he said: “I first saw Ru Paul’s Drag Race, season two.
“I never knew that drag queens could be so fabulous and flawless. Their confidence and the way they shone out, being themselves, it encouraged me.
NEVER FIT IN
“I’ve never really been able to fit in with other people. This was an art that I just loved, and everything I wanted to be.
“Kevin revealed dressing up as Karma O’Hara has boosted his confidence and self-esteem.”
He added: “I think it’s something very powerful. A lot of people see drag as just dressing up and sparkle but there’s so much more.
“There’s showing people that it’s okay to be yourself and it involves rights and so much pride.”
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“Karma is me but it’s more confident.
“It’s like an armour, a gold, silver, sparkly armour around me that doesn’t have to listen to anyone that there’s anything different about me.
“Me, Kevin, I’m shy. I don’t like to talk that much. Make-up and all that, not even drag, but make-up alone is like something magical to me. It’s so amazing to me.”