Who Are You?
My name is Patricia Garvey, Im a 26 year old that’s born and raised in Derby.
Why and when did you decide to become a Drag King or do FTM Cosplay?
I can’t really say, I’ve always loved dressing up, even the days when I use to be the blonde haired, blue eyed 5-year-old who loved all things that were pink and fluffy. But even when I loved those things, if my friends wanted to play games and someone had to be the man, I’d happily play the guy. And as I grew older, I just went ahead and wore what I felt comfortable in, which just so happened to be guys clothes.
Do you have a favourite character? (Why is he your favourite?)
It’s quite hard to choose, it’s like asking me what is my favourite anime/manga! I have so many names running through my head! Monkey D Luffy, Shanks, Sanji, Kisuke Urahara, shikamaru nara , Roy Mustang, Kakashi Hatake, Shizuo Heiwajima.
They’re the names just from the top of my head, but I can go on… but I won’t… I just love the guys that’s crazy or calm, but always have that strange sense of loyalty to them, the sort of guys who you’d want on your team because you know they’ll have your back… even if some of them do it in a weird way.
What attracted you to dressing and performing as a male character?
I just prefer it. I don’t like a lot of female characters in many things, well, at least I feel like my own personality would not suit such characters. I have tried to dress up as certain girls but I feel so uncomfortable and then I feel like I’ve not done the character any justice. I can only seem to cosplay as female characters who are quite tomboy themselves. But when I first properly cosplayed as a guy (to the best that I could with what I had) I had an amazing time! I felt so comfortable, I was in character most if not all the time. And I am a huge believer in doing what makes you happy. So now, I do!
Why do you think Drag Kings/FTM cosplayers are usually ignored in favour of Drag Queens MTF Cosplayers?
I know that this can be a touchy subject to certain folks out there, but honestly, I’ve never seen them as being ignored. At least, I’ve never ignored the Drag King FTM and I don’t ignore Drag Queens MTF cosplayers. I know both sides and both are amazing folks! If I see someone wearing something that looks pretty damn amazing, I let them know regardless the sex.
Okay, I know there’s more Drag Queen shows out there which are awfully popular, but if people want to get out there and do shows like that’s on TV, then there’s ways to do it, it won’t just fall onto peoples laps. Drag Queens are probably more known because not enough Drag Kings FTM actually go out there and actually express themselves.
What would you like the world to know?
My cosplays right now are not great, I am working on them but you know what? I don’t care!! Because at the end of the day, I have an amazing time, I’ve made some amazing friends and that’s all that matters! It doesn’t matter if your boobs are too big to cosplay as a dude, it doesn’t matter if you have a feminine face which can never pass as a guy. As long as you go out, do it and have fun, that’s all that matters!
Dannii Cohen is a stand-up comedian (drag name Divine Varod) and comedy writer turned author, psychologist, professional counselor, life coach and self-help expert. Specialized in LGBT issues, anxiety, empowerment, children’s issues and bullying.
Published works include children’s books about childhood depression and the importance of being yourself (When Clouds Hide The Sun and Christopher the Lonely Bear) and an easy to use self help manual 50 Things To Know To Have A Better Life: Self-Improvement Made Easy.