Oxbridge model and drag queen gives talk on “queering the norm”

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Drag performer Jacob Mallinson Bird has taken on two of the hottest topics on everyone’s lips – gender and sexuality.

The Oxbridge graduate, male model, drag queen, and self-confessed ‘straddler of worlds,’ hopes that one day we can blur the lines between what is gay and what is straight, and instead – just be.

In his candid TED talk, no (rhine) stone is left unturned. Jacob chats openly about gender fluidity, his partner in crime – the wonderfully named Jacqui Potato – and how doing drag doesn’t automatically mean that you are gay.

Jacob even breaks down exactly how and why the world is too quick to dismiss the input of queer minds and then goes on to discuss what the all-important difference between gender and sex ultimately means.

Through East London club night, Sink The Pink – Jacob is a regular star – a groundbreaking gay-straight alliance has been born. From femme queens to club kids, even straight men are welcomed with open arms – what joins these groups together is their love of music and art.

Sharp and charismatic, he leaves us with an inspiring piece of advice.

“I ask you to go out into that brilliant, marvellous world, and to be totally, unashamedly you. To be the best you can be to stand up for basic human rights and to queer the world one action at a time.”

Watch the TED Talk below.

You can follow Jacob over on Instagram and Twitter.

Words Kyle Zabawa

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