Here’s What You Need To Know About Drag Kings

On a warm night at Bizarre Bushwick, a bar in Brooklyn, I saw Johnny Cash walk on stage. It looked like him, moved like him, and sounded like him. But it was not Johnny Cash. It was Mr. Lee Valone Velour, a drag king who gave the character of Mr. Cash a flamboyant twist.

“A drag king is anyone who has the intention to perform some version of masculinity,” Valone explains. “That can be any gender. It can be burlesque, lip syncing, performance art, or poetry.”

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