Performer name(s): Mustang Ryder
Where do you live (and perform): I’m from the state of Georgia, but I currently reside and perform in San Antonio, Texas, United States.
Gender: Transgender Male
Muggle day job: Concierge
Length of time performing: Debuted on April 14th, 2018 and is a member of the Pastie Pops Revue in San Antonio. Has performed at San Antonio venues including the Sexology Institute and the historic Aztec Theatre.
What you refer to yourself performance wise: Drag King and Burlesque Performer
Why do you perform? I became interested in being a drag king when I came out as transgender as a way to explore my masculine side and build confidence.
How would you describe your performance style: A mixture of drag king masculinity and boylesque sparkle! I’m San Antonio’s rhinestone cowboy.
What /who inspires you: I’m inspired by the smooth, classy style of old southern cowboy charm. I pay homage to my roots by keeping it country, either in my look, music, or both.
Some information about your costumes: My style is always western or country-themed to an extent. And one of my traits is that I never take my cowboy boots off (tear off pants WOOT!). I also love fringe and rhinestones.
Your favourite act (of your own or someone else’s) and why: From my acts, my current favorite is my debut performance where I lip synced and stripped to Luke Bryan’s “Country Man.” It was the perfect “coming out” song for Mustang and I got to do multiple layers of reveals. The adrenaline rush was real after that show!
Biggest challenge as a performer: Overcoming body dysphoria. As a performer, you have to strut your stuff and own your body. As a transman, I have severe dysphoria about my body that I have to overcome every time I perform. While the costume is on, you can create an illusion, but that all falls away with the clothes. I choose to be proud of how I am, and keep working to make myself better.
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Something you would like to tell readers: Save a horse, ride a cowboy!