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Monday, August 11, 2014

Great Balls of Fire: The 19th Annual S.F. Drag King Contest Blasts Off On Saturday

Posted By on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 9:07 AM

From left to right: Klingon Vanna White, Fudgie Frottage, Sister Roma, Alex U. Inn with Malcolm, and Jane Wiedlin - DAVID SWEET
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  • From left to right: Klingon Vanna White, Fudgie Frottage, Sister Roma, Alex U. Inn with Malcolm, and Jane Wiedlin
Drag kings are passionate about two things: their pets and sci-fi. If you can relate, then it’s time to bind those boobs, stuff those undies and create the most cosmic getup imaginable because, next Saturday San Francisco will crown its next drag king. 

Please note: This is probably the only time when it's totes apropos to bind anything. We're not usually down with oppressive practices but in this case bind 'em tight! It's for a good cause. Your breasticles are much appreciated. 

The 19th Annual San Francisco Drag King Contest will probe the next frontier for one night only Saturday, August 16 at the SOMArts Cultural Center. Hosted by legendary drag king Fudgie Frottage and featuring Jane Wiedlin of The Go-Go's, the event promises to be a surefire campfest with its sci-fi theme and revealing costumes. Proceeds will benefit the organization Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS)

In the words of Lady Gaga, “Don’t be a drag just be a king.” That’s not the right lyric, is it? We’re all familiar with drag queens but perhaps not drag kings, so in advance of next weekend’s festivities, SF Weekly caught up with Fudgie Frottage for a crash course in all things cockitude.

1. The event is billed as a "night of swaggering cockitude." What is cockitude & how is it achieved?

It's a level of evolvement — there's attitude, magnitude and then there's cockitude. When you are just so pumped up with pride and adrenaline, strutting your stuff like a rooster crowing at the break of dawn or a peacock extending his tail feathers to show off. To achieve it would be to dress to impress, pack to perfection and swagger like mad.

2. How does one discover their own drag king identity?

It's just what's inside, for some it's an alter ego for others it's who they are all the time whether in face or not. For anyone out there who has yet to discover their drag identities I suggest going to as many shows as possible and doing a bit of research to know your drag history.

3. What is a drag king exactly? Does it differ from a drag queen?

A drag king is similar to a drag queen, but opposite. Where a drag king is a genetic female dressing to look like a male, a drag queen is a genetic male dressing to look like a female. So where a queen would add padding a king would be binding and where a king would add a package, a queen would tuck their's away. Kings frequently apply facial hair to look manly, queens shave and use makeup to hide their 5 o'clock shadows. However, these rules don't always apply too strictly. 

4. What are you looking for in this year's drag king winner?


So if you're up for watching the contestants strut their stuff to be crowned king, tickets are $20 general/$35 VIP.

For events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF, Jonathan at @jonramos17, and like us on Facebook.   
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