Sir Babygirl Is Serving Queerness On A Platter
by Iris Lux | Nov 22, 2019
What drew me to the world of Sir Babygirl (aka Kelsie Hogue) was not a song on a Spotify playlist. It was a photo from a live show. In it, Kelsie wears a pink pastel strap-on onstage, singing to an ecstatic crowd. Delighted by her bombastic queer style, I began listening to Crush On Me, Kelsie’s debut album. It was infectious and raw, playful and vulnerable. She sang songs about trauma and songs about gay cheerleaders. It thrilled me.
I spoke with Kelsie (who alternates between he and she pronouns) on the phone recently. He was eager to talk strap-ons when I asked. “I love the idea of normalizing the strap. It’s no less out there as an expression of sexuality than Britney Spears with the python around her neck at the VMAs, you know?” he says. As he sees it, the strap is an egalitarian accessory. “One of the coolest things about straps is that anyone can wear them, and anyone can receive them. There’s so much amazing possibility in that,” he says.