Murray Hill on drag kings and

David Shankbone interviews Murray Hill at Wikinews:

DS: You don’t like the phrase drag king, is that correct?
MH: No, somebody said that—The New York Times wrote an article about me and they made it seem like I don’t like the phrase ‘drag king’. What I tried to explain to them is that I don’t like to be labeled as anything that people form a very narrow viewpoint about. This goes for drag king, this goes for anything else. When you say ‘drag king’ it’s a very specific thing.

DS: What is a drag king?
MH: A cross-dresser who does some kind of performance, and I think I am much more than that. I really hammered the press about this and I finally got to a point where I think when people assume that somebody is queer, or different, or trans, they always want to put something before their name. And that is what drag king has been. Why can’t you just call me a comedian like Jerry Seinfeld is called a comedian?

DS: What do you think people think of when they hear ‘drag king’?
MH: I’m not really sure. I think that they immediately think lesbian and sexuality as a show, as a spectacle. It’s a longer discussion, with drag queen and somebody like Justin Bond and somebody like Lady Bunny. They are two totally different types of people and perform two different types of ways. Lady Bunny is a drag queen—

DS: Who is rarely divorced from that personality—
MH: Well, who knows. I’ve known her for ten years and I’ve only known her as Lady. Justin Bond doesn’t go by drag queen; he says he is a transgendered artist. It’s much more fluid. And I think I’m more in that camp.

One Response to “Murray Hill on drag kings and”

  1. Donna Queen Says:

    Hello, David, hello, Murray, and hello Rachel!

    There is far too much emphasis on labels in the transgender community. There are as many definitions as there are individuals among us. I really couldn’t care less whether I’m called a drag queen (although that term does have a specific performing arts connotation that doesn’t apply to me), a tv, a ts, a cd or whatever. I do draw the line at “sissy,” inasmuch as I cannot abide the regrettably popular practice of “forced feminization” and its necessary implication that femininity is by definition a state of humiliation and degradation.

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