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.

Despite initially feeling uncomfortable about his son, Fabian's new-found passion, Darren Butler worked hard at supporting his dreams, no matter how unconventional they may be.

And, as a result of Darren's unconditional support...

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Fabian 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.

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But, 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.

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Drag 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...

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Drag 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...

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The 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.

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Drag 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.

Eleven-year-old Fabian, from Gwent in Wales, goes by the stage name Francheska Valley, and is the United Kingdom's youngest - and arguably fiercest - drag queen.

His passion for the art of drag started early.

Fabian started dressing up when he was just 5-years-old after he would borrow his mom Rachel's makeup and jewelry.

And, at the age of just 8, Fabian knew he wanted to pursue a career in drag.

The brave youngster then approached his parents about the matter, confessing to them that he wanted to dress up in drag.

His mom, Rachel, warmed to the idea instantly...

And she would even go out and buy him makeup. She 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 found it difficult to accept Fabian wanting to wear makeup and dress up which caused a lot of disagreements in the family. Rachel recalled: "When he was seven, he started wearing makeup more often and Darren would tell him to take it off which would leave Fabian very upset."

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."

He admitted to taking Fabian to play different sports, such as football...

But he noted how he could "just see that it wasn't for him."

He recalled:

"Fabian started a football club when he was 6 but you could see he wasn't happy; he much preferred his drama club and gymnastics group. When I tried to get him into boxing, he would say 'I'm not getting my lip split'. He's not got a bad bone in his body."

So, when Fabian finally opened up about his desires, Darren was in denial.

"When he started dressing up, I was in denial, I just thought it was kids being kids at an age like that. I just thought he was going through a phase but when I spoke to my wife about it and realized that it wasn't a phase, I was hurt."

And it wasn't until Darren saw his son perform in drag for the first time...

That he grew to be accepting of his dreams.

Rachel talked her husband into attending one of Fabian's shows, where he would be performing as his alter-ego, Francheska Valley, in front of around 200 people.

And Darren was blown away. He said: "She [Rachel] persuaded me to go to his first performance, I really didn't want to go. But as soon as I saw how happy he was on stage, I could see how much it meant to him."

"It brought a tear to my eye."

At the show, Darren realized that "he can't live his life through my eyes. He has to live his dream, not my dreams."

"I am the proudest dad in the world."

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