ok, before we go any further, let’s clear up some of the misconceptions that people have about drag queens. What are some of the biggest stereotypes out there?
The biggest stereotype is that people assume that all drag queens
want to change their sex. Not only are there are manly drag queens, but there are also feminine queens. Being in drag doesn’t mean you want to change who you are.
so, first, just some basics: When did you get started as a drag queen and DJ and who inspired you to become a drag queen?
Right after I was discharged from the army, I moved to Itaewon and worked at a club. I got to meet this professional drag queen friend who inspired me a lot as a performer. Seeing her on stage being applauded for and being shown so much love made me want to be a part of this culture. I started doing drag four years ago
and as I was also learning to DJ, I got the chance to DJ for my own
party. As far as I know, I’m the first drag queen-DJ in Korea, but there are a lot of drag queens out there all over the country.
How would you describe the drag community in seoul?
The drag community is still small, but it’s starting to grow little by little. There are more performers working at various clubs than when I started, but I don’t think they are fully accepted as members of society. However, I’ve seen some drag queens in the mainstream media and hopefully people get more opportunities to see how diverse society truly is.
Are people mainly positive/supportive of you as a drag queen here in seoul? How do you deal with the harassment that can come from others?
All of my friends are very supportive and it’s wonderful to get a lot of positive messages through SNS from people I’ve never met. I feel so lucky to have been allowed to work with so many talented and supportive people. They give me amazing advice on how to improve my performances. And especially one friend of mine, who is in the fashion industry, has helped me make costumes for the queer festival and given me critical feedback so that I practice way
harder. I’m very fortunate to be around supportive friends every time I get catcalled or harassed. Because before I make a scene, they always stand up for me and protect me from violence. I’m very grateful, but at the same time, it hurts to see my friends getting into trouble.