Monday, October 23, 2006

The Drag King Conference in Austin

Austin played host to the eighth International Drag King Community Extravaganza this past weekend.

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Ricardo B. Brazziell

Drag kings — female and transgendered people who dress as men — are performance artists whose routines usually include dancing and singing or lip-syncing. The extravaganza is the community's largest event, with people from all over the United States, Canada and even Germany, said Jesa Weber, the event's hospitality chairwoman.

"This is our first time in the South, and it's been absolutely amazing," Weber said. "There isn't a ton of opportunities for genderqueer people to express themselves down here."

If you're gonna express it in Texas, you can't do much better than Austin.

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