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.