A dad has come forward with his story of acceptance after his eleven-year-old son started performing as a drag queen...
And it might just be the most heartwarming thing you will read this week.
And, as a result of Darren's unconditional support...
via: GettyFabian is now on track to having a successful and fulfilling career as a drag queen.
Now, the art of drag has been around for centuries.
via: GettyBut, despite drag being documented as early as the Shakespearan era, it has only been the last couple of decades in which it has really boomed in popularity.
One of the more notable events in drag history was New York City's 1969 StoneWall riots.
via: GettyDrag Queens made their firm and fabulous mark on society when they took to the streets to protest against police raids on gay bars in the city. This would eventually lead to the creation of the Gay Liberation Front.
In the years following these protests...
via: GettyDrag queens would gradually become more and more accepted in society, which was notoriously unaccepting of gay and trans rights at the time.
Over time, more celebrity drag queens began to dominate stages and TV screens...
via: GettyThe famed Divine, who died in 1988, appeared in many movies by the director John Waters and, by the early 1990s, RuPaul was on the cusp of global fame, combining a drag persona with a recording career that included a duet with Elton John.
And, fast-forward to today, the drag community is bigger and prouder than ever before.
via: GettyDrag queens have never before had such a welcoming and accepting audience, thus giving aspiring drag artists the confidence and the support to pursue their dreams.
And this brings us back to the story of Fabian Butler.
His passion for the art of drag started early.
And, at the age of just 8, Fabian knew he wanted to pursue a career in drag.
His mom, Rachel, warmed to the idea instantly...said on the matter: "It's just normal to us - I've grown with him through this and we didn't need to have a conversation about it as it was just normality."
However, it took his dad, Darren, a little longer to come round to the realization that his son would not be going down the stereotypical path of "masculinity."
Darren admits to not being happy with the idea, to begin with.
Darren, who works as a machine operator, said:
"I was the opposite when I was younger. When you have your first boy, you have expectations. I used to box as a kid so I always hoped that he would grow up and want to pursue boxing."