Scarborough Pride: Main stage host Krystal Temple talks about life as a drag queen
Kirk, who came out as bi-sexual at the age of 13, said: “A lot of my friends and family knew before me. It may have been the fact that I wore pink leg warmers to my dance classes that gave it away! I was 16 when I knew that I was gay.
“I first became Krystal at the age of 20. I’d been a dancer all my life and I took my first job dancing on a cruise ship, before coming to teach at Hatton’s School of Dance.
“We went on a staff night out to see Funny Girls in Blackpool and one of the staff said to me “Why dont you audition?” I auditioned for the boy and was given the girl role.
“It was very, very different. All my life I’d been taught to dance like a boy, and I had to learn how to be a girl.
“I was used to lifting girls, and was now being lifted!”
Kirk said the evolution into Krystal is transformational: “As soon as I have the persona on I become a completely different person.
“A lot of people use drag as a mask. It’s great to be that confident.
“Some people develop the person as soon as they put their make up on, for me it’s not until I put the lashes on.
For Pride, Krystal has a brand outfit designed by seamstress Janet Taylor and she will open the main stage with one of her own performances.
Kirk said: “I’m all about Pride and I’m excited to see the other acts. It’s great to take a step back and watch everybody else perform.
“It’s nice to do something a bit more reserved – well – it won’t be that reserved – I’m a drag queen!”