Anti-Gay Republican Outed as Former Drag Queen
A North Carolina Republican Senate candidate campaigning against gay marriage has been outed as a former drag queen who used to perform at gay-friendly Club Odyssey.
Steve Wiles, a 34-year-old conservative candidate for Senate was once apparently known as Miss Mona Sinclair, complete with a wig and fake eyelashes, while working as an emcee at a weekly drag show at Club Odyssey for eight years.
The Republican was outed by the club’s former owner Randy Duggins who referred to Wiles as a hypocrite. “I recognized his picture when I was looking in the paper. That’s definitely him. He has aged some but that’s him. I have no ax to grind against him. I just think he’s a liar,” Duggins said.
Wiles at first denied the allegations but has since admitted to his past life. Wiles says “for me, from a religious standpoint, just for my life, for me, it just was not something that I wanted to continue.” Did we mention he worked there for eight years?
Wiles adds “Of course it was an embarrassment, but you know, you move on. You live life, and you change, and you make yourself what you want yourself to be. And that’s where I am now.”
Wiles has also used this as an opportunity to imply that his opponent is entitled. In a Facebook message that has since been removed, Wiles wrote “I’d like to apologize to everyone because, unlike the currently appointed NC Senator in District 31, I made mistakes. My job was embarrassing – I had to have a job! Nobody died, leaving me a millionaire capable of living in North Carolina’s most expensive neighborhood.”