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Welcome to I AM YOUR QUEEN, a Pride Month feature the Exhibitionist is running to emphasize the sinister ladies of the evening and other creatures of the Bay Area's demimonde.

Stylish vamp, hairy femme, and possible owner of a first-edition Golden Girls LEGO set, Kim Burly is a force. SF Weekly had the pleasure of speaking with her about her lifelong love of performance, her love of villainesses, and her day job, which appears to be a Fifth Element reference.

What name(s) do you perform under?
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Kim Burly.

Where do you perform?

Mother at Oasis, Daytime Realness, the Monster Show, and SOME THING.

How long have you done drag?

Nine years.

Does Kim have a back story?

Kim Burly is more of an extension of myself. She allows me to indulge and play with all girly things we were told not to as boys.

Do you have a performance/theater background?

If you ask my mother, she will tell you my performance career started as soon as I could talk. I've always been theatrical and always was drawn to the fantasy.

Is realness important to you? Genderfuck? Something else?

I appreciate all the different sub-categories in their own ways. Realness is one. [It's] something I personally don't strive for and has never been a motivating factor in my drag, but i don't judge a person based on weather or not they are passing in drag.

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What was the biggest hurdle when you were starting out?

One of my biggest hurdles starting out was learning to pull the big, huge, fantasy performances back into a size that made executing it more realistic.

What do you love the most about drag?

I love drag because it's a party, it's a celebration, it's an entity. I love hanging out with exciting people that I feel get me to some degree. I love it for all its feminine indulgences. I've always been drawn to female characters in media. I especially love female villains. Drag gives you space and freedom to play.

Have you ever had any trouble with Facebook's "real" names policy?

Interestingly enough I have not had any trouble. I seemed to have slipped under the radar. (Well, until they read this.) It is such a silly policy and most everyone I know was affected.

What's your day job?

I work at a meat Popsicle factory.

Does your mother know?

My mother knew from day one. I would always dress up as a kid, and had Barbies. My mom actually came to see me perform at one of the last nights of Trannyshack. Heklina dragged her on stage and the crowd went crazy! My mom has always been very supportive and we are actually collaborating on a drag number, so stay tuned. 

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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