It might be another first for the Sydney gay and lesbian community. The mixed night Dangerous at Arq nightclub (mixed meaning drag queens and drag kings) had a small but dedicated following, but wasn’t quite as successful as organisers had hoped. Something had to go -“ and it was the boys. The women audiences proved stronger and more supportive of Dangerous, so performer Sexy Galexy was asked to be part of an all-girl, all drag-king evening. She accepted with relish.
An all drag-king night at Arq? It’s bizarro gay Sydney all over again, a scene that now boasts the occasional appearance of bears at the Oxford, women at Manacle and djÂ Mandy Rollins Â at Ken’s. Galexy isn’t surprised.
I’ve only been in Sydney four years and when I first came here DKSY was happening, Galexy said. So for me it was like, if it happened then it could happen again. That was my attitude.
It’s an attitude that has now seen Galexy earning her way in trousers full-time, winning Sydney’s Favourite Drag King at the 2003 DIVAs after having worked on lesbian strip night Gurlesque. Many Gurlesque performers are joining her at Arq, including Gurlesque founders Sex Intents and Glita Supernova.
Gurlesque is definitely still happening, [but] we just wanted to bring in a bit more raunchy feel to the night at Arq and those girls will probably be doing different shows -¦ Galexy said. I think we’re bringing every successful girl that’s been happening in the last four years together in a night, so there’s sort of a bit for everybody.
Everybody is right -“ because Galexy’s no separatist. We do have a male following and it’s excellent and it’s slowly getting bigger, she said. But I think that the community became segregated in the 90s, and I don’t know why that happened -¦ It’s gonna take a while to take it away again.
Galexy’s debt to drag queens has been acknowledged before -“ she reiterated her commitment to camp and that she’s a raving homosexual with a fanny. Her first experiences in drag were in hometown Perth 10 years ago, when Galexy admitted she’d never heard of drag kings.
Growing up in a small town there’s always space for somebody to do something -¦ [but] I was sort of a bit drag-confused, she said. I called myself a fishvestite, a woman who does whatever she likes.
Galexy promised new shows, new looks and new moves from her sexy gang at Arq, with DJs Sveta and Kelly Lynch offering suitable down and dirty beats. Her advice? Get dressed up -“ those arriving as drag kingz or glam girlz get in half-price.
We want people to be dressed up and being outrageous and having a good time with what they’re wearing, Galexy said.
Wet Pussy opens this Friday 21 November at 10pm at Arq nightclub, 16 Flinders Street, Taylor Square. Entry is $10 and $5 for Drag Kingz and Glam Girlz.