For those who don't know a Drag King is someone who portrays a male character onstage. Society describes us as 'a woman who dresses as a man' but I don't like using that. We aren't all females dressed as males, there's a lot of transgender drag kings (as well as queens) and there's a lot of gender non-conformists too. Of course there are cis-gender drag artists too, we don't leave anybody out, ha-ha!
One of my favourite things about drag king culture is the variety of acts and the fact that an audience never knows what to expect from a king. My drag family for example all have incredible talents: we have a king (Sammy Silver) who serves you, sass, sex and surrealness, another (Chiyo) who gives you porn and politics, another (Benjamin Butch) who gives you Mr Bean with crocks and socks realness and of course me (Flynn Rideher) who gives you problematic drag king mixed with Ryan from High School Musical. The list goes on and on.
Back to the actual question, there's actually about the same amount of kings as queens. I mean it's impossible to count everyone obviously but personally I know far more kings than queens. It's just that us kings are more underground, queens have a lot more media attention which leads people to think there's more of them, but we're here and we do perform at the same level. Over the last decade the drag queen community has soared, with a lot of help from 'Rupaul's Drag Race' being televised all around the world on mainstream TV. However with the growing fanbase for queens, it has left us kings still going unnoticed in some ways, which leads to people thinking that we don't exist.
With the growing fanbase for queens, it has left us kings still going unnoticed in some ways, which leads to people thinking that we don't exist.
I was one of those people who didn't know kings existed until 3 years ago. I saw a king performing at gay pride and i remember thinking 'Wow, that's amazing! I would love to do that someday'. As soon as I turned 18, I was in every show I could wiggle myself into and haven't looked back since. I was talking to some kings, who have been performing since before Drag Race came about, and they had said that in the last 2-3 years the drag king scene has exploded, seeing hundreds of new kings popping up all over the world.
For those of you who with Rupaul's Drag Race know that there has never been a drag king in the competition. This has caused a lot of uproar for us kings, however it has made us unite. Some incredible kings from the US have now put together a king version of drag race which has new episodes each week on Youtube, its called King me: Rise of a Drag King.
Some incredible kings from the US have now put together a king version of drag race which has new episodes each week on Youtube --King me: Rise of a Drag King.
This is a really important show for kings, as it shows the world that we are just as talented as the queens. The King me competition is in its first season and each week the contestants are pushed to their limits to create an exiting look that showcases their talent and their creativity. It also shows you just how big the drag king scene is all around the world. in conclusion, there are around the same amount of kings as queens, we just don't get as much publicity, but know we are still here.
I urge you all to go out and see a local drag king show and show your support for your local kings (and local queens of course).