The term has been dismissed as irrelevant and problematic by many in the drag community, and should be used with caution, particularly when terms like bio queen or female queen are used, as it implies that a male-to-female drag queen’s female identity is not really ‘female’.
A particular example of this controversy is present with RuPaul’s Drag Race, where neither trans women or cisgender women are invited to participate, as they are considered “faux queens” rather than “drag queens”.
Despite this, many performers adopt and relish the faux identity.
Originally published: 4th December, 2020
Last modified: December 4, 2020