Realizing that other people have a problem with [homosexuality] was the weirdest thing for me. As a kid it wasn’t even something that was mentioned. It was never something that was even explained to me. It was just, “That’s Mark and he’s gay.” Mark was just another friend of my dad’s who would talk about his boyfriend instead of his girlfriend. I was 5. I didn’t care. It seemed perfectly normal, and still does….It just drives me crazy…that people can make such sweeping, ignorant statements and bring religion into it….Why would you want a god that’s up there picking and choosing who he lets in?…That doesn’t make any sense.
Miss Coco Peru was my very first Drag Queen who I ever saw. I didn’t know this would change my life and teach me that I could be funny and entertaining too. Of course, I was only 13 at the time, but it started my evolution and I grew and became more knowledgable of the Gay World and myself. She is truly the Drag Queen of my heart. I studied many different Queens but always had a soft spot for Coco. I worshiped her and in my mind, she was my Drag Mother.
She inspired me to become a Drag Queen and I relate my Drag-Shows after her, since I don’t just want to be a “Lip-Sync Queen” but a (Entertainer) I want to be a Comedian, Story Teller and Actress. Now that I’m 18, I have a alter-ego “Blair Phoenix” - inspired by Miss Coco Peru and my own life. She made me who I am today. Thank You! - Patrick
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