For most lesbians the thought of a hairy back and chest might be
a complete turn off but for those assembled at London's Cockpit on
Bank Holiday Sunday it was Lee in her character as Pat Gently who
whipped them into a frenzy of seduction.
This year's drag king competition, hosted by Stevie Wonderful
saw an array of potential princes compete in heats including sleep
wear and performance.
Despite tough competition from contestants performing everything
from hip gyrations to marriage proposals and chart topping
renditions of 80s pop classics it was Lee who was crowned King of
"I did have a back, sack and crack wax in preparation for the
competition. Those y-fronts are kinda high-cut," he told DIVA.
The king, who likes to think of himself as a modern day Burt
Reynolds, has been on the drag king scene since first entering the
competition in 2009. When she was cruised dressed as Pat Gently by
a gay man on the tube, Sadie knew the alter ego had potential.
"Pat Gently is one of my favourite drag kings, one of the best
I've ever seen," said organiser Lenna Cumberbatch.
"Adam Hall" (Jennie Powell), and "Mr X" were runners up.
Q&A Pat Gently
First of all congratulations, you must be very proud to
have been crowned King during such a royal weekend.
Why thank you, it sure was a weekend packed with Royal Willy. I
was a late entry, first time in my life you could say that.
Take us through the evening, what outfits did you rock
and what did your performance part consist of?
There were three heats; sleepwear, evening wear and performance.
I tend to do most things in a pair of white polycotton y-fronts so
I just built around that. Incidentally, my y-fronts were designed
by Alexander McQueen. For Primark. My performance was a version of
the Pixies 'Here Comes Your Man'. By the end I seemed to end up
with less clothes on than when I started, it was awful hot in
What was it that wowed the audience in particular do you
Another contestant was Adam Hall, a handsome young buck from
Brighton. I was sure he was gonna win so I spread a rumour that I
was Adam Hall's ailing grandfather and that I might not live to see
another competition. I think that may have won me the sympathy
What was your favourite part of the
The best thing about the whole night was the brotherly
camaraderie with the boys backstage. Some of those fellas are
pretty good looking too. There were some quick changes required and
mirrors everywhere, those poor guys had nowhere to hide. I
guess those were my favourite bits.
There was a rather hairy chest involved… do tell! How
hard was it to grow and what impact do you think it had on your
I'm pretty hairy, it's true, but I did have a back, sack and
crack wax in preparation for the competition. Those y-fronts are
kinda high-cut. Plus you never know when you might be entertaining
a lady and I understand there can be some friction issues.
Where do you get your inspiration? Who do you look up to
in terms of looks and style?
I look to the classic adverts for Marlborough cigarettes and the
models for Hustler in the mid-70's for inspiration. So I guess my
buzz words are 'hot and horny'. And potentially carcinogenic. I
like to think of myself as a modern day Burt Reynolds, if he lived
in a burnt-out Ford Fiesta in his sister's front garden.
Will you be competing again next year? Where can we see
more of you in the future?
I may drag my sad old ass back just to show support for the guys
next year, but no, I don't think I have another competition in
me. I'll leave that to the next generation. I do DJ
places though, so keep an eye out for Pat Gently's Mobile Disco
rocking up at Club Wotever or Wild Thing at Retro Bar sometime in
the near future.