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Fudgie Frottage is the stage name of San Francisco performer, producer and community activist Lu Read.[1][2] He is an exaggerated character in the tradition of drag, and self-described as the "man with the biggest balls in show business."[3] Frottage is a well known drag king and performing icon in the queer community for his many appearances at pride, king, drag queen, faux queen and community events.[4] He also emcees, produces and acts as a guest celebrity judge for many of the local contests.[5] Frottage produces and co-emcees several different community events on an annual basis, such as the San Francisco Drag King Contest, the largest and oldest drag king contest in the world, which has helped raise the level of drag kinging and spread the artform beyond the Bay Area.[6][7][8] As an underground fixture he has been a part of avante garde films and performances.[9][10] His work has been recognized officially by The City of San Francisco.[11]


  • Virtue[9]—Esther Paik/Camera Obscura, 1997
  • Gendernauts[12] - Monica Treut, 1997
  • Strap 'Em Down[13]—Ann Meredith, 2002
  • El Presidente[14][15]—Anne Geezman/ISW, 2005
  • Lulu Gets a Facelift[16]—Marc Huestis, 2006

Television appearances

  • Lavender Lounge, 1996
  • Maury, 1999
  • Canned Peaches, SF cable, 2000
  • Reality Check, SF cable, 2001
  • Dog Eat Dog (NBC) 2003
  • The Tyra Banks Show, 2005



  1. Buttner, Christopher (2006-10-23). George Clinton, Thomas Dolby, Naughty by Nature, Sandra Collins and Flavor Flav Are Among the Headliners of The Exotic Erotic Ball. Market Wire. Retrieved on 2007-07-28.
  2. Hix, Lisa (2006-08-17). Perform, Bend, Twist, Pull: Drag king contest: Contestants feel free to reshape gender any which way they want. SF Chronicle. Retrieved on 2007-07-27.
  3. SFDK12 About Us. (July 2007). Retrieved on 2007-07-26.
  4. Ehmann, Abby (2005-06-07). San Francisco Erotika: Fudgie Frottage. Eros Zine. Retrieved on 2007-07-28.
  5. Van Iquity, Sister Dana (2005-08-25). Drag King Contest Brings Out Fierce Competitors. San Francisco Bay Times. Retrieved on 2007-07-27.
  6. Slayton, Joyce (2003-07-16). King for a Day: Gals dressed like guys -- complete with hair gel-filled condoms in their pants. SF Weekly. Retrieved on 2007-07-27.
  7. Tudor, Silke (2000-07-19). Night Crawler: Crown Performance. SF Weekly. Retrieved on 2007-07-27.
  8. Pearlstein, Joanna (2003, Vol. 13 #3). Arty Fishal: King of Daytime TV. Curve. Retrieved on 2007-07-27.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Tudor, Silky (1999-07-28). A contemporary "Alice in Genderland," filled with over-the-top characters who would send Lewis Carroll shrieking to the nearest Opium Anonymous meeting.. SF Weekly. Retrieved on 2007-07-28.
  10. Abby, Editrix (2006). Past Mondo Pornos. Retrieved on 2007-07-28.[dead link]
  11. Dujour, Dick (2006-08-24). Drag King Contest. San Francisco Bay Times. Retrieved on 2007-07-29.
  12. Toone, Anderson (2006-08-17). Drag King Timeline: 1997. Retrieved on 2007-07-28.
  13. Meredith, Ann P. (2001-2002, Frottage is pictured right wearing cowboy hat). Strap 'Em Down! The World of Drag Kings. Retrieved on 2007-07-28.
  14. El Presidente The Movie: Cast List. (2006). Retrieved on 2007-07-28.
  15. Media Lab: New Orleans Film Festival - !El Presidente!. IFC (2006). Retrieved on 2007-07-28.
  16. Huestis, Marc (2006,). Lulu Gets a Facelift: Documentary. Retrieved on 2007-07-28.
  17. Frottage, Fudgie (2006/2007). Fudgie. MySpace. Retrieved on 2007-07-28.
  18. Russell, Dee Dee (2006-06-05). Drag King Fudgie Frottage (on Dee Dee TV). YouTube. Retrieved on 2007-07-28.

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