Drag kings are female bodied persons who either
  • temporarily attempt to pass as men, usually off-stage, or
  • perfom male characters in often ostentatious mens' clothes on stage, often with hilariously exaggerated macho attitudes, or
  • show and/or perform a mixture of male and female characteristics, both on and off stage. This is also called gender-bending.

Drag Kings should not just be seen as female equivalents of drag queens, because the term covers a much wider field of gender perfomance. Gender identity among Drag Kings is far more varied, too.

Drag Kings are largely a phenomenon of lesbian culture, although increasingly more Drag Kings become part of the Drag King sub-culture without being part of the lesbian sub-culture. They are only recently coming to fame or spotlight that Drag Queens have known for years.

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