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11 November 2008 @ 03:15 pm
Would you like to see IDKE continue? Do you think you can add to the
success of IDKE? Would you like to have a voice in the IDKE community?

If so, you should fill out an application to become a member of the
IDKE Steering Board. As an IDKE Steering Board member, you'll have a
direct hand in picking the next host city for the IDKE Conference.
You'll also be able to help your community by supporting the host
city as well as the Steering Board.

You don't have to be a troupe producer to be part of the Steering
Board. You just have to have attended an IDKE, be active in your
community and have a willingness to help others.

If you think this sounds like you, then we want to hear from you.
Fill out an application today. You can find applications at the
www.idke.info site, or you can also fill out an application by going


Applications are due by Thursday, November 20th to be considered for
the Board.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

The IDKE Board
All aboard! Back to Columbus on October 16-19th, 2008 for the Tenth Annual International Drag Kingcommunity Extravaganza.

For some, it’s the first stop at IDKE, and for some, it’s the last stop. Some of us have enjoyed long, storied careers ridin’ the rails and have thought about pulling into the station and resting a while.

Considering hanging up your heels and corsets or your moustache and jockstraps?

Whether you’re starting a career, finishing school, starting families, or just moving on, we’d like to recognize your retirement from the stage and IDKE with a special acknowledgement at this year’s IDKE conference with the Velvet ‘Stache and Sash club.

If you’re retiring, let us know by contacting Cody Las Vegas at cody_las_vegas@yahoo.com and be sure to tell him your name, stage name, include a photo and how long you’ve been doing drag (you can include a short bio too).

Contact Cody by September 30th to make sure you’re included in the Velvet ‘Stache and Sash club. He’ll send a return email to verify information within 2-3 days (so if you don’t hear from him by then, try poking him again with a big stick). He’ll also let you know further details.
Please repost far and wide
27 January 2008 @ 05:39 am
please feel free to pass along to others.

24 October 2007 @ 10:23 am
Hi, IDKE folks,

I missed you all, so much, this year!

As you're posting post-Extravaganza thoughts, photos, videos, etc. on your lj, please consider posting here, too -- or over at the IDKE Archives blog. And invite your friends & new IDKE participants to join in, as well!

alana/red rider
05 March 2007 @ 09:08 pm
hey all,

the idke site has a new look. take a visit and tell me what you think. (Some pages are still under construction)

31 January 2007 @ 09:51 pm
I just wanted to drop in and see how everyone was doing. I think we had a decent discussion going on with drag and appropriation. I would like to keep the ball rolling and the lines of communication open.

I also want to leave the floor open for anything else that might be going on/happening in the community.

Please feel free to comment or post to the community.

See you all in Vancouver.
there is a shitload i could say about cultural appropriation in drag performance. it happens all the time, and when i go to a drag show or a conference, i expect to see some things that are just fucked up. and then there are things that shock me and make me turn around and walk away.

i meant to write about this when i got back from IDKE in Austin. if you are White, there is no good reason for you to put on a "grill" (fake gold teeth) during a drag performance. it's just not funny or entertaining.

also, the drag and the queer community really needs to check their shit when it comes to culturally appropriative hairstyles. for one, mohawks and fauxhawks are just OVER. but more importantly, wearing these hairstyles when they are not part of your heritage is just plain disrespectful. i don't care if your Black friend tells you they like your dreads or your 1/32 Cherokee friend tells you that it's okay to wear a mohawk. or if you just LOVE the culture and want to celebrate it. here are some links if you want to read more:

i'm just tired of seeing supposedly progressive performers enact misogyny, nonconsensual sex, abuse, racism, classism, fatphobia, and ableism on stage. i'd like to think of drag and all performance art as political. whether you intend to or not, you are putting out a message. if you are a performer, please take the time to think about the messages that you're sending to the audience. drag should be fun, but not at the expense of others.
06 November 2006 @ 12:42 pm
of the philly/nyc royal renegades here. xoxo, Zoe (aka Mia Vendetta)
24 October 2006 @ 12:26 pm
This is just a kind of first thoughts entry -- there's more I'm thinking about after this weekend, but I want to write something short now rather than putting it off & writing a long entry later. I got back from Austin late on Sunday night, spent yesterday getting ready for my work week & teaching, and am not even feeling close to being caught up. But this year's IDKE was totally worth the week out of whack.

This weekend was lots of fun, and I had some great moments of connection with the board members and to some friends I haven't seen in a long time. The big "aha!" moment of the weekend came to me during Leslie Feinberg's keynote address. The histories ze recounted were powerful examples of why we need to take an intersectional, coalitional approach to activism, and I was so, so impressed that throughout the talk, ze used anti-ableist language, and drew our attention to the moments when it would be so easy to use abelist phrasings (e.g., "take a stand" became "take a poition," "vision" became "conceptualization," and at one point I think ze described moving forward in terms of "walking, tapping, wheeling our way"). With the exception of some of my disability-studies courses, and during George Lipsitz's talk here at Ohio State a few weeks ago, I never hear anyone make an effort to be conscious about using ability-related language in public speech.

I also recognized how rarely I get a chance (almost never) to be part of a room full of queers & genderqueer people, and how rarely I am in public spaces where enyone speaks about war and imperialism and gender and sexuality. And as an academic, I'm rarely in places where Audre Lorde and Sylvia Rivera are cited in speeches, and that's so important. I don't think of myself as living in the hinterlands, or not having access to multiple perspectives on gender, sexuality, disability, race & racialization, and the war in Iraq -- but I realized how much I'm "in conversation" with others about these things in virtual spaces (like here in lj) and not in person. Or the conversations are often with people I already know, who share my beliefs.

I'm wary of saying that there's an IDKE community (maybe there's a community culture, a term I heard Christa Orth/Simon Le Bongo using several times during our workshop on d.i.y. archiving), but I do feel a sense of queer-political community when I'm at IDKE that I don't feel in other areas of my life. And it's an amazing thing to be able to access once a year (or as often as I can afford to come to the Extravaganza).
23 October 2006 @ 08:12 am
Welcome to the idkearchives livejournal community! Please join us & post your IDKE weekend recaps, your commentary about, and your memories of your experience at this -- and earlier -- IDKEs.