Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Gender 101, episode #15: transsexual, transgender, and drag queen/drag king

Join me for episode #15 - where Lucy defines and distinguishes between the terms "Transsexual," "Transgender," "Drag King" and "Drag Queen."

The movie Lucy mentions is "Paris is Burning" - I watched it years ago, and remember it being fascinating and really entertaining.  

As always with these discussions, I learned so much.  And I'm delighted to share these videos with all of you.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I currently self identify as a drag king. To me, that means that I mainly identify as female, and normally am on the slightly butcher side of the female spectrum. However, I have a masculine facet to my identity that is expressed when I do drag. I use the term drag king because I am much more outgoing in drag and see myself getting into some type of drag performance when I'm older, but I'm not currently involved in any kid of drag performance, except for the occasional male role in the school play. I also sometimes will describe myself as a cross dresser, but that doesn't seem as applicable to my identity as drag king. Sometimes I'll also use the term gender fluid, because there are some days where I feel more feminine and others where I feel more androgynous or masculine. Another term I use a lot for my gender is just queer or queer femme, because I'm mostly female identified, but there are other aspects to my gender identity, and queer is the easiest way to explain both that and my orientation. I feel like drag king also covers how my masculine side is a facet of my identity, but isn't necessarily how I present myself on a day to day basis. With all that being said, I am fairly young, and I'm still on the journey of really finding what feels right to me gender wise.
Also thank you for mentioning drag kings. I feel like a lot of the time people only think about drag as being men dressing as women, whereas there's us women dressing as men, too.