“I’ve lived in Kerala and Hyderabad before this but Bangalore is the only city that helped me open up, be myself and discover who I am.
I used to think I was straight because when I lived at home, I thought I had to fit into what everyone else told me to do. I came to Bangalore in 2012 and that’s when I started exploring – it wasn’t until late 2013 that I figured out who I was, which was when I came into contact with the community. That’s when I started performing in different places. But after the second performance as Alex, though, I felt like I was stagnating. I was wearing a fedora and a jacket while singing diva numbers. I felt like I sang alright, but there was still something missing. Then I watched ‘Mrs. Doubtfire’ and realised I could also be a drag queen. When I did my research, I couldn’t find much on Indian drag queens and figured I could go to the west to learn. That’s what I did, and the next thing I know, I’m performing in my mother’s saree.”
@mayathedragqueen in drag / Alex Mathew out of drag