The Queer Pride Chronicles

Performing Pride

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Even though I had not yet come out, I started attending Pride in the mid-80s—performing, dressed as Mayor Art Eggleton wearing a pig’s snout. He wouldn’t recognize Pride as an official day; now politicians fall over themselves to appear gay-positive.

After I did come out in 1986, I was M.C.ing the only stage when Jackie O’Keefe heckled me, yelling “We always knew you were a dyke!” I said, “Who told you?” She brilliantly shot back, “Your mother.”

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