Beginning in the 1920s, Blues singer Gladys Bentley performed in drag from New York, Los Angeles to San Francisco for over 20 years. The famed Stonewall Lesbian and lifelong activist, Storme DeLarverie, performed as a king alongside the queens at the Jewel Box Revue in the 1950s and 1960s.
Beginning the mid-1990s, drag kings started to gain some of the fame and attention that our beloved queens have long known. But popular culture is starting to catch up. The 2016 documentary film, The Making of a King from producer Nicole Miyahara, chronicles the lives of contemporary drag kings in Los Angeles, CA.
In honor of popular culture beginning to celebrate the beautifully diverse universe of drag performers in our community. We are celebrating some of the show-stopping Kings of Las Vegas.