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How the Other Half Performs 

Wednesday, Aug 7 2013

"The main thing about San Francisco drag is that nobody gets up and does a straight lip sync. That just doesn't fly." This statement issued from the mouth of Dr. Fudgie Frottage, the last name in the SF drag scene — well, half of the scene. Frottage has emceed San Francisco's annual female-to-male Drag King Contest since 1996, and during her reign it's become the largest in the world, attracting talent from as far away as Paris. This Saturday marks the 18th anniversary of the contest, and there's no question it will be a raunchy good time. Kings are less concerned with glamour than queens, and they're arguably funnier. And any of these ladies will tell you: They push cultural boundaries just as hard as the guys do. Yet even after a rush of victories for the queer, gender-bending, and questioning this summer with the repeal of Prop 8 and DOMA, those cultural boundaries still have a long way to be pushed. Similarly, drag kings have a long way to go before they attain the visibility of their queenly counterparts. Even in San Francisco, where 750,000 people gathered for Pride Weekend, only six people have RSVP'd "yes" to the event on Facebook as of this writing. Still, we're confident it'll fill up. Go to for our Q&A with the performers.

Sat., Aug. 17, 9 p.m., 2013

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