July 29, 2010


Lady Bunny is the founder of Wigstock and an inspiration to many men who have donned a dress. Now she brings her knowledge to Drag U to school some new students.

Windy City Times: Hi, Bunion. I just discovered you're from Tennessee!

Lady Bunny: I am. I grew up in Chattanooga.

WCT: Wow. I grew up in Hendersonville.

LB: Well, at least we made it out!

WCT: I think when I first moved to Chicago, I saw you at a bar named Foxy's—which is now called Spin Nightclub—doing an Yma Sumac song.

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LB: Yes, that was, uh, several, decades and waist sizes ago. Or shall I say girdle sizes…

WCT: So I just watched the first episode of Drag U. That looked like a blast to make. How was that?

LB: Oh, filming it was a hoot. The celebrity guests were people like Chaka Khan … and I loved all of the special guests, but Chaka Khan is special to me, so getting to work and hang out with her was magic. I have to say I'm not really the biggest reality TV fan, but I've changed. I think the one thing it was missing was me! And, Jerry, the other thing I've learned that it was slightly different from Drag Race because there's still an element of competition, but the drag queens, as you know, are making over real women. Some of them have lost touch with their inner diva because of personal tragedy.

Getting to know these women's stories, I have to say, I have a new respect for women. Because these women sacrifice everything … I mean, gay men and drag queens, we often live alone, we're not scrimping and saving and working two jobs to put our kids through school. These gals really go through a lot. It's easy to see how someone may not have the time or inclination to worry about their appearance.

WCT: And sometimes gay men have bad self-esteem, and we can relate to these women.

LB: Well, yeah, but I don't think most gay men are familiar with what an average woman's life is like. We're pretty self-centered. We're not nurturing like a mom who is constantly making sacrifices.