a drag queen in fishnets with elaborate makeup

Faux Queen: A Life in Drag

by Monique Jenkinson Author

In this one of a kind memoir, author Monique Jenkinson tells the story of her time as a drag queen, and what it meant for her to win a major drag queen pageant as a cis woman. Naming her drag persona Fauxnique, Jenkinson consciously pays tribute to the queer men and trans woman for whom drag has held so much meaning even as she recognizes how unusual it is for a cis woman to dress in drag. A Valentine to a queer culture that Jenkinson nonetheless finds herself on the outside of, Faux Queen is a fascinating glimpse into the politics of gender and sex that permeate the world of drag and inflect the ways that people of various identities and orientations can participate in it.