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Who is Choriza May? The Drag Queen headlining Northern Pride

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Adrian Martin is a 28-year-old graphic designer living in Newcastle. Well, some of the time. You may be more familiar with Choriza May, the Queen taking over Tyneside's drag scene.

Born in Valencia, Spain, Adrian moved to the North East three years ago. After first experimenting with drag in October last year, it was only a few months before Adrian entered an intensive six-week competition.

Drag Idol, was hosted at Newcastle nightclub Switch. That's where the winner, Choriza May was born.

We invited Choriza into our studio ahead of her main-stage performance at Northern Pride 2019.

Choriza May will take to the main stage at Newcastle Pride Credit: ITV News

Born in Valencia, Spain, Adrian moved to the North East three years ago. After first experimenting with drag in October last year, it was only a few months before Adrian entered an intensive six-week competition.

Drag Idol, was hosted at Newcastle nightclub Switch. That's where the winner, Choriza May was born.

Choriza May, Drag Idol winner 2019 Credit: LAH Photography

Who is Choriza May?

Think of the Flamenco Spanish doll you buy for your mum in Tenerife - but the human size.

– Choriza May

Loveable, sexy and charismatic - that's Choriza May in a nutshell for you. Adrian said politics played a great part in creating Choriza, hence the play on words with Theresa May, and the Spanish sausage Chorizo.

It's hoped the relevance of Choriza May will live on, post the Prime Minister's departure from Number 10. However, reinvention is not out of the question.

Choriza May: A play on words between the Spanish sausage and British Prime Minister Credit: PA

What does Choriza think about Brexit?

I didn't want to talk about it, I didn't want to read about it, because I felt there was nothing I could do anyway.

– Choriza May

Adrian said "it was scary" arriving in the UK and being unable to vote in the referendum. The uncertainty of the future made him angry, but thankfully found a way to voice his political opinions and thoughts through drag.

We asked Choriza why Pride is so important...

We have so much to celebrate. We have so much to cheer for. But there's so much we need to achieve as there's still so many people in our community that are under-represented.

– Choriza May

Choriza May's performance will be dedicated to not only Adrian's mother, who is flying in from Spain to watch but also "to all the mum's that support kids in our community."

Thousands are expected to the streets for the three-day Northern Pride festival, hosted in the city to commemorate 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, a pivotal turning point in the road to LGBT + equality.

Northern Pride: The three-day festival from the 19th - 21st July is split between the historic Town Moor and Exhibition Park. The march will start at 12 noon on Saturday 20th July, from Newcastle Civic Centre.

Find out more information here.

Northern Pride festival will take place from 19th - 21st July 2019