Monday, May 05, 2014
North Carolina State Senate Candidate Outed As Former Drag Queen
A conservative, 34-year old man, Steve Wiles, who is seeking the Republican nomination in North Carolina for a state senate seat, has been outed as a former drag queen performer at a now-defunct Club Odyssey gay nightclub in Winston, North Carolina. Wiles now works as a real estate agent and opposes same-sex marriage. Wiles' work as a female impersonator for nearly eight years going by the name, "Miss Mona Sinclair," was outed by his former boss, Randy Duggins, who called his opposition to same-sex marriage hypocritical. Wiles defended his views, saying that his opposition to gay marriage does not equate to being anti-gay. He said that marriage is "a religious institution" and that state control of marriage is "unconstitutional." "I am a Christian . . . I try to live a life that reflects my belief." Wiles is running against two other Republican contenders in the race and was not considered likely to win the race even before his past was revealed. Wiles also once worked as a former promoter of "Miss Gay America" before he was suspended for "conduct unbecoming to a promoter of the Miss Gay America pageant system."