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Classmates back UK High Schooler for 'I Will Survive' drag performance

Philipp Penning sends the crowds wild with his performance of "I Will Survive" in drag.
Photo credit:
Justice For Philipp - Facebook

A 16-year-old high school student in Telford, Shropshire England wowed his classmates with a spectacular drag performance on the last day of school, although he was originally denied to do so by the principal.

Philipp Penning of Charlton School is no stranger to doing drag at his school according to Gay Star News.

He played the role of Edna in their production of “Hairspray.” In fact that was his inspiration for doing his end-of-year drag performance to Gloria Gaynor’s dance anthem “I Will Survive.”

But the pitch to his principal ended with a no, because the principal thought it to be too “unrespectable.”

That's when Philipp's classmates decided to take up a petition, and the student body came to his defense where he managed to get 283 signatures which was enough to change the principal’s mind.

His whole performance was caught on camera last Friday. Philipp walks onto the stage in a form-fitting red dress, six-inch black heels, black wig and plenty of attitude.

After the performance, Philipp sent out a special message to all of his supporters: 

"I just want say to everyone, thank you so much for all the support. This has been amazing. The drag was amazing. I feel amazing.

I never thought that something like this would ever happen and the support has been unreal. I love you all so much. I'm glad that people are beginning to recognise that it's okay to be you and that you shouldn't listen to anyone who tries to bring you down.

Thank you to all students who signed the petition, totalling up to 283 names. It's because of you that I was allowed to feel so great. I want to say a special thank you to Julia Hasenauer and Amy Wilson for setting up the Justice For Philipp page. You guys mean the world to me.

And always remember to do you, and be you." - Philipp Penning

You can watch the full video HERE.