Anti-Gay GOP State Senate candidate is former drag performer and promoter

Raw Story and the W-S Journal have the scoop on Steve Wiles, a candidate in the primary for the the Republican nomination for State Senate District 31.

Turns out that Wiles was drag queen "Mona Sinclair" at the now closed gay nightclub, Club Odyssey, in the 1990s.

Wiles has alternately denied and admitted his gay-connected past during his campaign. He's also a staunch supporter of NC's Amendment One.

“I think that everyone has their own choices to make and I’m fine with everyone making their own. For me, from a religious standpoint, just for my life, for me, it just was not something that I wanted to continue,” Wiles said of his career as a female impersonator. “Of course it was an embarrassment, but you know, you move on. You live life, and you change, and you make yourself what you want yourself to be. And that’s where I am now.”

When asked if he was gay, Wiles replied: “No, no, I really wont make any comments on that.”

Wiles has notably supported North Carolina’s recently passed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage, explaining he doesn’t feel his opposition to same-sex marriage is the same thing as being anti gay.

“I don’t really understand how you can separate the fact that marriage is a religious institution,” Wiles said.

Wiles was an employee of Club Odyssey and his involvement in the drag community wasn't just a lark.

An online search for “Steven Wiles” and “Belews Creek,” the place he lists as his town of residence in campaign filings, turns up a link to the Miss Gay America website.

Within the website, a webpage with Wiles’ name has been taken offline but the cached version was still accessible this week. The webpage lists a Steven Wiles as Mona Sinclair. It says he lives in Belews Creek and that he was a promoter of Miss Gay Eastern States America and a promoter for Miss Gay North Carolina America.

The webpage also says that Wiles was suspended for “conduct unbecoming to a promoter of the Miss Gay America pageant system,” according to the webpage, without providing more information. Larry Tyger, a co-owner of the Miss Gay America pageant, said in a telephone interview that he does not discuss suspensions.

Teddy wishes Wiles well in figuring out his identity - it's too bad he's projecting his own personal problems into anti-gay rhetoric and hateful politics.


Statement from his FB page

Wiles posted a rather rambling and incoherent update to his Facebook page addressing the controversy.

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.

What this Dude should do?

He makes a statement that He has a blackbook of names of Republicans who tip him to sit in their laps along with their Credit Cards numbers and dates of transaction...