Before I had my guest Melanie (Jesse) Jones on my podcast Shades of Gender, I had never met a drag king. Sure, I had met many drag queens over the years, who were always taller and prettier than me, but never a drag king!
It was explained to me that drag kings are much more popular in other countries like Berlin and Amsterdam than they are in the United States. Of course, these two cities are very liberal, so it didn’t surprise me. Drag Kings are mostly female performance artists who dress in masculine drag and personify a male gender stereotype as part of an individual or group routine.
A typical drag king show may incorporate singing, acting, stand-up comedy and singing or lip-synching to pre-recorded tracks. A fact I never knew, was that in the late 1800’s ad early 1990’s, several drag kings became British music stars. A British lesbian cabaret organization called Lesburlesque made it their mission to promote drag kings on a wider British circuit
Join in and listen to my interview with drag king and lesbian Melanie (Jesse) Jones as she discusses her life and her journey in becoming a drag king.