Anti-Gay Marriage GOP Candidate Is A Former Drag Queen
Updated on Tuesday at 11:22 a.m. PST:
Editor's Note: Attached is an image of Wiles as the actual Mona Sinclair. The previous image was of performer Bobbi Lee SinClaire--no relation. Instinct apologizes for the error.
It's the gift that keeps on giving!
Republican North Carolina state Senate candidate Steve Wiles has no problem running on an anti same-sex marriage platform and was an active supporter of 2012's Amendment One, which banned same-sex marriage in the state.
We wonder if he held the same steadfast beliefs when he was performing as drag queen Miss Mona Sinclair at a Winston-Salem gay nightclub in 2001 and 2002?
Think they got shaken up a bit when he was promoting the 2011 Miss Gay America Pageant??
Interestingly, Wiles was suspended from his Pageant gig for "conduct unbecoming to a Promoter of the Miss Gay America Pageant." (What did you do, girl?!?)
According to the Winston-Salem Journal:
Wiles, 34, was in his early 20s when he worked at the now-defunct nightclub, Club Odyssey, according to co-owner Randy Duggins and former employee Gray Tomlinson.
“He is Mona Sinclair,” Duggins said, referring to Wiles’ female persona.
Wiles’ responses over the past three weeks have ranged from categorical denial to tacit admission.
“I have already apologized to the people who matter most to me for the things I did when I was young,” Wiles said this week, declining to clarify for what he has apologized. The comment was made in the last of three separate interviews. At first, Wiles denied the claim.
“That’s not me,” Wiles said three weeks ago, referring to Mona Sinclair. Wiles responded “no” when asked whether he was gay. This week, Wiles’ campaign website, Facebook page and Twitter handle were taken down.
Wiles is now defending his past behavior, posting Saturday on Facebook:
I'm sure many of you saw my glowing recommendation in the Winston Salem Journal - 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. One thing I will say, I learned from my mistakes - the Republican party, under the leadership of Scott Cumbie who threatened me with my past if I ran against an incumbent Republican, seem intent to fight within the party and join in the fight with every bigot and racist they can find. I understand the gay community does not share my support for the Marriage Amendment - I RESPECT THAT and am very happy to discuss my views with any of my friends in the Democrat party and gay community. Meanwhile, I regret the fact that something so trivial would cloud an otherwise decent campaign....What more could be expected though? When policy fails, attacks begin.
And then he, again, defended his same-sex marriage position on Sunday:
since I'm already getting vulgar calls from both sides (The "christian" community AND the gay community) let me explain my views - I am for (and have fought for) equality for every American...with that being said, equality doesn't mean infringing on someone else's rights. Marriage is a religious institute; plain and simple. WITH THAT BEING SAID - I also think state control of the institution ofmarriage is unconstitutional and a reach.
I'm impressed by the way this story was used to present me to the conservative right as a gay advocate while at the same time presenting me as anti-gay to the gay community. THAT...is talent! I am a Christian...I try to live a life that reflects my beliefs...I rarely, if ever, hit that mark! Meanwhile, I've maintained life-long friendships with a few people from the "club" days. One person springs to mind, although I will not call names, who is a former Miss Gay America, NC USofA and has performed successfully all of his adult life - he is one of the most loving men I've EVER known...Loving and accepting of everyone around him. He would do ANYTHING for his friends....I respect that in a person. He knows (and always has known) of my conservative stand on issues like gay marriage; he accepts that although he doesn't agree with me.
To some, I'll be known as a hard worker or a loving son...to some, I'll be known as someone who has always stood up for what I thought was right at the time - even if it was wrong! To some, I'll be known as a person who will ALWAYS admit my short-comings and my faults. To some, I'll be thought of as anti-gay...and to a select few, I'll just be a "fag." Know that no matter which group YOU fall into - I have no hard feelings toward you and respect, not only your opinion, but your right to have that opinion.
Clearly Wiles is the victim here....
Surprised by these revelations and Wiles's response, Instincters?