Former drag queen runs for N.C. state Senate as anti-marriage Republican

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Steve Wiles

North Carolina Republican state Senate candidate Steve Wiles supports the state’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Not surprising until you learn that Wiles also was known as Miss Mona Sinclair who performed at Club Odyssey from 2002 until 2010, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

Wiles first denied he was the drag performer but within three weeks admitted he was.

“I have already apologized to the people who matter most to me for the things I did when I was young,” Wiles said.

He didn’t clarify what he apologized for. For entertaining? For raising money for AIDS organizations?

He also wouldn’t confirm or deny if he is gay.

Wiles also was a Miss Gay America promoter, although he was suspended for “conduct unbecoming to a promoter of the Miss Gay America pageant system.”

The Winston-Salem paper reported Wiles voted in the Democratic primary in 2008. By 2012, he was campaigning for the anti-marriage amendment that passed. In the current election, he has made the anti-gay law his primary issue.

Wiles explained his support of the amendment.

“I do not condone the things I did when I was young,” Wiles said.

Wiles has two opponents. One is the incumbent in this conservative district. The primary for the Republican nomination is tomorrow.

—  David Taffet

WATCH: Willam Belli’s makeup lesson

18Drag Racer and Ticked Off Trannies actor Willam Belli — last seen in Del Shores’ Southern Baptist Sissies and soon to be featured in the North Texas-shot Kicking Zombie Ass for Jesus — made this video last year in which he gives a tutorial in applying makeup. But not any ol’ style of makeup — drag queen makeup. Grrls work it!

Anyway, it’s a cool behind-the-scenes look at the drag process with a lot of shade thrown in among the eye shadow. Watch it after the jump.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

‘Are You Smarter Than A Drag Queen?’ begins at Round Up Saloon

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Chanel Champagne, left, and “Are You Smarter Than A Drag Queen?” winner Bel Je’dai. (Patrick Hoffman/Dallas Voice)

Chanel Champagne, hostess of ”Are You Smarter Than A Drag Queen?”, wrapped up the first night of competition at the Round Up Saloon on Monday. Bel Je’dai, the winner, walked away $25 richer. The contest will last several weeks and is held each Monday at 9 p.m. Anyone who thinks he’s smarter than a drag queen is invited to participate.

—  Steve Ramos

Dallas drag queen turns herself in to police, charged with negligent injuring

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Armani Nicole Davenport

Armani Nicole Davenport turned herself in to authorities in New Orleans Wednesday in a negligent injury case.

Davenport, 32, is a local drag queen who lives in Dallas but is from Louisiana. Police announced last week that they were searching for her in order to question her about a case involving negligent injuring of a person and accusations of practicing medicine without a license.

Davenport travels around Texas, Louisiana and Georgia, performing in pageants She recently participated in the Miss Gay Texas 2014 and the Miss Gay Dallas Metroplex contest in 2013.

Police believe she injected silicone into the hips and buttocks of two women late last month and also believe she may have injected people in other cities.

The two women were allegedly injected on Oct. 24. One of the women returned a few hours later and found the friend in “respiratory distress,” according to a police report. The police believe the woman’s body rejected the injections.

Davenport was booked on a count of negligent injuring with bail set at $50,000. A negligent injury conviction can carry a maximum fine of $5,000 and a six-month prison sentence.

—  Dallasvoice

New Orleans police looking for Dallas drag queen Armani Nicole Davenport

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Armani Nicole Davenport

New Orleans police are trying to reach Armani Nicole Davenport as a person of interest in a case involving negligent injuring of a person and accusations of practicing medicine without a license.

Davenport, who is from Louisiana but lives in Dallas, according to Facebook, is “said to administer ‘silicone’ injections to clients as travel is undertaken throughout the southern United States,” police said in a statement.

She’s participated in the Miss Gay Texas 2014 and the Miss Gay Dallas Metroplex contest in 2013.

Anyone with information on Davenport’s location should call New Orleans police Detective Ed Johnson at 504-658-6060.

—  Dallasvoice

WATCH: RuPaul on DOMA, with ‘Love!’

America’s most famous drag queen, known for throwing her share of shade, gets serious for a minute, gathering the cast and crew of the upcoming Season 6 of RuPaul’s Drag Race to make a statement about the repeal of DOMA. Everybody say “Love!”

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: Tribute to Whitney Paige

Screen shot 2013-06-26 at 2.48.05 PMYesterday, we reported that beloved drag diva Whitney Paige has lost her battle with pancreatic cancer. Today, there’s already a tribute video on YouTube, and it has generated impressive traffic in a short period of time. You can see the video here.

No word yet on any funeral arrangements.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Drag diva Whitney Paige passes

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Whitney Paige

Whitney Paige, a popular Dallas drag queen who has held numerous titles, including twice Entertainer of the Year, Miss Gay USofA at Large and most recently Miss Continental Plus 2013, has lost her battle to pancreatic cancer.

Just this past Sunday, the Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth held a fundraiser for the diva, who hailed from Little Rock.

She made a Dallas personal appearance in May at the Miss Gay USofA Classic pageant at the Round-Up Saloon.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones