PRIDE FEST 2019 artists

LoZar Blewz (Davenport, IA)

photo credit: Garrett Cornelison

Trigga Frost-Sanchez (Des Moines, IA)

photo credit: Jami Milne

Kade Lovewell (Des Moines, IA)

photo credit: Garrett Cornelison

Papa Cherry-Matrix (Des Moines, IA)

photo credit: Jami Milne

Po Chop (Chicago, IL)

photo credit: Madeleine King

Miles Long (Tulsa, OK)

photo credit: Garrett Cornelison

Sage Sanchez (Des Moines, IA)

photo credit: Jami Milne

Scrappy Legacy (Tulsa, OK)

photo credit: Jami Milne

Dick Von Dyke (Kansas City, MO)  Photo Credit: Jami Milne

Dick Von Dyke (Kansas City, MO)

Photo Credit: Jami Milne


We are drag king dsm


Drag King DSM (DKDSM) is a 9-year-old event where dollar bills fill the air and the Kings reign supreme on stage for a night! DKDSM is a production of talent  known for its unique ability to strip the art of drag performance to it's very core and bare bones, a theatrical show of excellence.

The event brings the masses together to celebrate individuality. DKDSM has transcended gender, age, and sexual identity boundaries. Performers come from diverse backgrounds and range in age from their early 20's to one of the crowd favorites "Teddy," an 80 year old grandmother. DKDSM supports artistry and performance no matter who you are, how you identify, or where you come from.

From it's humble beginnings of a 100 person turn out to now sell out crowds, DKDSM has more than doubled in attendance year over year. It is a socially and culturally relevant event in the 515, which has brought in talent from Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Austin, Sarasota, Tulsa, Omaha and all over the state of Iowa.

photo credits: Jami Milne 



Check out here for the latest information and news for DKDSM.


photo credit: Stefan Hansen



DES MOINES, Iowa -- This was a HUGE year for Capital City Pride Fest because it was the largest Pride Fest in it’s 41 year history with over 30k in attendance, largest Pride Parade, first ever full Pride Week, eight presidential candidates, national media affiliates from all over the country, over 60 articles written about our little Pride in our little Capital City, over 50 events in eight days, most volunteers ever jumping from 10 in 2017 to 350 in 2019, three headliners with all from the LGBTQ+ community, a very tired board of directors and the list could go on and on.

It seems almost fitting given it was also the 50 year Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, 10 year Anniversary of Marriage Equality in Iowa, and in the 70 year history of the DM Art Center, they featured their opening celebration on June 1st to kick off Pride Week with their first every LGBTQ+ focused installation.

Drag King DSM sold out for its second straight Pride Festival which adds to a number of sell outs in the 9 year history. What made it even more special is it sold out with a line going out the door and it was the most tickets sold EVER! The final count was well over 700 and the house was filled with amazing energy, excitement and overwhelming levels of Pride! Des Moines we cannot wait for Pride 2020 but at least you don’t have to wait for Drag King DSM until then. Stay tuned for announcements on all upcoming shows, yes shows not show! WE LOVE YOU, DES MOINES!


DES MOINES, Iowa -- Drag King DSM is coming off its biggest show in it’s nine year history with over 700 tickets sold for yet again, another sold out show. Working on the details for shows later this year and beginning of next year. Make sure to catch all the details and get your tickets in advance so you are not one of the folkx at Pride that missed the show because it sold out and you waited last minute for your tickets!


photo credit: Ian Holmgren

photo credit: Paige Peterson Connolly

05.04.19 | DKDSM Executive producer honored in 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Creator and Executive Producer Jennifer Carruthers (Jen C) was honored this year as one of the Des Moines Business Records Forty Under 40 and named Amedeo Rossi Innovator of the Year by the Des Moines Music Coalition for her work with Girls Rock!Des Moines and her production company, 11 Eleven.

Forty Under 40 are 40 local business leaders under the age of 40 that have demonstrated impressive career achievements and unparalleled community involvement. They are chosen by past award winners and this is the 20th Anniversary, Jen C is 1 of 800 in the past 20 years to receive this honor and was the first ever recipient to be featured on the cover solo.

Jen also serves as Vice President of Capital City Pride and Girls Rock!Des Moines, both organizations experienced big years. Capital City Pride tripled in size from 2018 with over 30k in attendance and garnered national attention from all over the country. Girls Rock!Des Moines sold out both their camps for 2019 with a wait list and the organization also received the G. David Hurd Innovator in the Arts Award from the Des Moines Arts Festival. She continues to see how she can help empower and uplift marginalized folks in our community.



 Sponsorship from the following businesses is what makes Drag King DSM possible. we can't thank our community friends enough for all the love and support over the years!





| Blazing SaddleSAZERAC | EPHEMERA |

| Wooly's |

photo credit: Joe Crimmings

photo credit: Joe Crimmings

Jen C

Creator | Founder | Executive Producer

Jen Carruthers was a part of the talk show called Lez Talk and the event Drag King DSM (DKDSM) was born in 2010. After the show disbanded in 2012, she saw the need for DKDSM to continue giving visibility to Kings and has grown it 7 times its' original size. Her dream was to make it one of the largest Drag King events in the country and it is now the largest to scale all King show in the US. She will continually try to bring in some of the best talent this country has to offer and give Kings a large stage and platform that is just as much deserving as their Drag Queen counterparts. Jen C loves DKDSM because it's one night out of the year that one of the most diverse crowds show up, support one another, respect each other's individuality and there is an overwhelming sense of community and love NOT judgment.

photo credit: Jami Milne

photo credit: Jami Milne

Vivette perry

Front of House Manager | Co-Producer

Vivette is excited to return to Drag King DSM for the 5th year. She worked as co-producer, creative consultant, and performer for Fresh Breath Productions. Ms. V has an extensive creative performing arts background and also has a 200 hour RYT that allows her the enjoyment of teaching yoga. Vivette loves the togetherness and love that Drag King DSM brings. There is always an amazing electricity in the air!


photo credit: Phillip Harder

photo credit: Phillip Harder

marnie strate

Back of House Manager | Co-Producer

Marnie is thrilled to be joining the production staff of Drag King for the 3rd year. She was seen on-stage the first year as Justin Cyder and we stole her to manage the stage production.  Marnie is an active member of the Des Moines Theater community, having most recently performed in Open Door Rep's Lungs. When she's not involved with performing arts, she can be found producing videos, hosting trivia, or hanging with the world's best dog. Marnie loves Drag King DSM because it brings some of the nation's top-tier talent to Des Moines for an event unlike anything else in the area!