Faux queen

A faux queen or bio queen is a "drag queen trapped in a woman's body"cite web | url=http://www.heklina.com/links.htm/ | title=KLUBSTiTUTE KOLLECTiVE | accessdate=2007-06-01 ] sometimes called a "biologically-challenged" drag queen or a "female female impersonator"cite web | url=http://archives.cnn.com/2000/US/11/22/drag.queens.reut/ | title='Faux Queens' bend gender-bending | accessdate=2007-06-01 | CNN.com, U.S. News] or even a "female impersonator impersonator"cite web | url=http://bestof.sfweekly.com/2004-06-02/calendar/this-week-s-day-by-day-picks/ | title=This Week's Day-by-Day Picks by Hiya Swanhuyser and Joyce Slaton | accessdate=2007-06-01 | San Francisco Weekly] who simply is biologically female. Like traditional drag queens and drag kings these performance artists play with traditional gender roles and gender norms to educate and entertain. Faux queens can appear alongside drag kings at lesbian drag shows and are interchangeable with "regular" (biologically male) drag queens as emcees, performers, hostesses, and spokesmodels.cite web | url=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/06/02/DDG1A6TU391.DTL&hw=faux+queen+lets+down+her+%27blond%27+hair&sn=002&sc=830 | title=A faux queen lets down her 'blond' hair by Laurel Wellman | accessdate=2007-06-01 | SF Chronicle]

For some it can be a way to redefine post-modern feminism, faux queen Ms. Lucia Love stated, "Drag queens would be nowhere without women."cite web | url=http://www.orlandoweekly.com/columns/story.asp?id=2082/ | title=Like a natural woman | accessdate=2007-06-01 | Orlando Weekly] For others it simply is about dressing up and having fun.cite web | url=http://music.guardian.co.uk/pop/story/0,,1957098,00.html/ | title= The interview: Ana Matronic - Life's a drag | accessdate=2007-06-01 | Guardian] In the words of faux queen Hoku Mama Swamp "I was born to love faggots, queens, and trannies, and have slowly been morphing into them since childhood."cite web | url=http://www.sfbaytimes.com/article_p.php?article_id=4010/ | title=Faux Queen Pageant | accessdate=2007-06-01 | San Francisco Bay Times]

In San Francisco, the first ever Faux Queen Pageant was produced as a benefit by the Klubstitute Kollectivecite web | url=http://www.sfbaytimes.com/article_p.php?article_id=4010/ | title=Faux Queen Pageant | accessdate=2007-06-01 | San Francisco Bay Times] to raise funds and provide a space for the performers who, at the time, weren't always welcome in regular drag venues. Pageant organizer Ruby Toosday had "friends who got fired (from drag clubs) for being women...it seemed like we had definitely hit a nerve.cite web | url=http://archives.cnn.com/2000/US/11/22/drag.queens.reut/ | title='Faux Queens' bend gender-bending | accessdate=2007-06-01 | CNN.com, U.S. News] Contestants were judged on drag, talent, and personality by an all-star panel of judgescite web | url=http://www.sfbg.com/36/28/x_8days.html | title= Eight Days A Week - Glam it up| accessdate=2007-06-01 | SF Bay Guardian] and the winner helped "femcee" the following year. [
cite news | last = Ehmann | first = Abby | title = San Francisco Drag King Contest | work = Eros Zine | date = August 10, 2004 | url = http://www.eros-guide.com/articles/2004-08-10/sf-dragking0810/ | accessdate = 2007-06-03 ] outside The EndUp bar that hosts Trannyshack.] The pageants were held from 1996 to 2005. Although there is interest in holding another pageantcite web | url=http://www.klubstitute.com/ | title=Faux Queen Pageant | accessdate=2007-06-01 | Klubstitute.com] some question if the need is there since faux queens have integrated into modern drag circles.cite web | url=http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=33935597/ | title=Faux Queen Diva Holy McGrail | accessdate=2007-06-01 ]

"Girls will be boys will be girls" is the subtitle for the comedy film "Connie and Carla" which is amongst the high-profile popular culture references to faux queens.cite web | url=http://www.connieandcarla.com | title=Connie and Carla | accessdate=2007-06-01 ]

References

See also


* Drag queen
* Gender bender
* Genderfuck
* Genderqueer
* Queer
* Drag King

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