King Leer

When drag king Manuel Hung of a Boston troupe called the Princesses of Porn With the Dukes of Dykedom took the stage, audience members were surprised to see him/her in a dress. My first thought was "He/she looks like a drag queen." Then I realized the person before us could be read in multiple ways: a guy dressed as a transvestite, a butch-dyke dressed as a trans-woman, or a woman dressed as a man dressed as a woman. Maybe it was the long brown wig she wore—I don't know—but suddenly the smell of Chickie's spicy perfume filled my nostrils, and I felt his presence in the room. I think he would be proud of his modern-day successors, who continue to push the boundaries of gender performance both on- and offstage.


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