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The internet is obsessed with Mayo drag queen Bradley and his mam from Alison Spittle's Culchie Club

Parenting goals.

COMEDIAN ALISON SPITTLE’S new documentary Culchie Club attempted to find out what exactly makes a culchie.

She spoke to a variety of country-hailing Irish personalities, including fellow comedians Shane Clifford and Kevin McGahern and blogger Erika Fox.

But it was makeup artist and drag queen Bradley from Ballina that had everyone talking on Twitter.


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Alison met Bradley as he was gearing up for the first ever Pride Festival in Co. Mayo.

You might recognise Bradley from a photo that went viral of him during filming of the show, in which he can be seen dancing defiantly in front of protesters at the parade.

Initially, Bradley said he did experience some push-back with his decision to do drag, often asking his mam to go out and purchase clothes for him.

Growing up in such a small town, I didn’t come out until I was 16 [...] I was doing the typical, ‘I have to like cars, I have to like football’.
I hated myself when I was younger. I really did.”

bradley Source: RTÉ

Bradley’s mam explained how his drag alter-ego Neon is the daughter she never had.

I had three miscarriages with girls. I went six months with one and she was like a little porcelain doll when she born. When Brad was born, he was the spit of her.
I cried the first time he came out dressed [as a woman].”

bradleymam Source: RTÉ

Following the parade, Bradley admitted that the protesters did upset him.

The fact that everyone overcame the protesters, it was completely amazing to see. We carried on marching and we did another lap.
It really did upset me because I don’t show affection to my partner at all. I was doing that for society because society didn’t want me to “rub” it in their face. And after seeing that a religion thinks it has a right to rub that in our face, on our shining day … It’s completely f*cking wrong.
It does make you realise that life is short. Love who you want to f*cking love.”

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