We are all royalty: Narrative comparison of a drag queen and king

Joshua Trey Barnett, Corey W. Johnson

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Drag performances have been studied time and time again as important visible leisure spaces of gender transgression. Few studies, however, have sought to understand the ways in which drag performers-kings and queens-relate to and shape queer communities. Using genderqueer as a theoretical lens and narrative inquiry as a methodological strategy, in this article we construct a conversation between a drag queen and king to demonstrate the ways in which they engage their drag personas for political and activist purposes, and how the leisure spaces they find themselves performing in influence their lives.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)677-694
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Leisure Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2013



  • Drag performer
  • Genderqueer
  • Narrative inquiry
  • Queer space

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