Drag king Sexy Galexy, the woman many credit with transforming Sydney’s lesbian scene, is moving to London to live with her English girlfriend.
Galexy has been running the highly successful Kinky Kingdom at the Sly Fox on Wednesday nights for three years, and has also been involved with most other lesbian events around town.
Galexy believes there are others ready to step into her drag shoes when she leaves.
The Sly Fox has started receiving calls from women interested in getting involved, she says. So maybe now there’s going to be openings they’ll start coming out of the woodwork. That’s what I hope anyway.
Kinky Kingdom will continue, but probably under a different name, and the monthly party Moist at Arq will stay the same.
Galexy grew up in Perth, a city she said had a very vibrant drag scene. She got involved after hanging around drag queens like a bad smell.
There was a really radical drag scene in Perth, she said. There’s a bit of radical drag here in the form of Dallas Dellaforce, Della Deluxe. But the drag in Perth is amazing.
When she moved to Sydney she found the drag scene a lot less accepting of drag kings.
It took drag queens a while to understand what I was doing, Galexy said. After they saw I put as much effort in as they did, that I was into the whole transformation like they were, they understood me and I understood them.
I believe in drag rules. Drag isn’t just male or female impersonation. They want to see effort and they want to see a big, larger than life character. They don’t want to see the real you. And I totally agree.
She has no idea why there are so few drag kings in Sydney -“ there are many more in Melbourne and even Perth, she said. It’s still a very male-dominated scene here in Sydney.
She plans to continue doing drag in London but only once every few months, and hopes to do big, big spectacular shows.