Tell me about your drag origins story. Was drag something you were always drawn to?
You know, I grew up in a very conservative, Christian family, and I was always terrified of drag. I was intrigued to go to drag shows once I was old enough to get into the clubs, but I was always on red alert. Keep the drag queens far away from me! I was genuinely terrified of them.
Why was that?
I feel like I had religion stuck in my head, and I was scared that I would go to hell for participating or even just watching. In college, one of my best friends did drag, and I would go to these bars to watch him, and I would just rag on him. I would say things like “I can’t even believe you would dress up like this to try and get a dollar. How foolish!” If I could just talk to my college self, he would be truly shook.
You’ve shared that you had a rather unsupportive coming out experience and that you were even sent to gay conversion camp. How did you get through that?
I was so very lucky because I didn’t actually end up at the camp. I had the exorcism. I had to go through therapy where I was meeting with pastors one on one, but thankfully, I escaped having to go to a real camp and having to do the electroshock therapy. I got through it only by leaving my given family. They turned against me because they didn’t believe in who I am and what I am.