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Anti-Gay North Carolina Republican Outed as Former Drag Queen

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An anti-gay Republican candidate in North Carolina worked as a drag queen performer and emcee known as ‘Miss Mona Sinclair,’ according to a bombshell report.

Steve Wiles, a conservative North Carolina state Senate candidate who has been outspoken in his support of the state’s same-sex marriage ban, worked as a female impersonator and drag-show emcee earlier in his life, the Winston-Salem Journal reported over the weekend.

Wiles, 34, worked at a gay-friendly Winston-Salem lounge called Club Odyssey from 2002 to 2010, where he directed a weekly drag show, the club’s former owner Randy Duggins told the Journal.

Prior to his directorial debut, Wiles had been a frequent attendee at the weekly soirée which featured men dressed as women. He later starred as the show’s emcee under the stage name, ‘Miss Mona Sinclair,’ Duggins said.

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Wiles, who has campaigned primarily on his support of the state’s ban on gay marriage, confirmed to Business Insider that he used to perform as “Miss Mona Sinclair” at the now-defunct bar but later decided that the role “just was not something that I wanted to continue.”

“I think that everyone has their own choices to make and I’m fine with everyone making their own,” he said. “For me, from a religious standpoint, just for my life, for me, it just was not something that I wanted to continue.”

He has previously denied his affiliation with the club.

When Business Insider asked if he was gay, Wiles responded, “no, I really won’t make any comments on that.”

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