410 N Michigan Avenue
What are you up to?
I’m in town from New York visiting friends before I go do two performances in Madison and Minneapolis.
What do you perform?
I do very queer, experimental theater things. The next project is this queer reinterpretation of Old Man and the Sea. We’re doing it as Old Queen and the Sea. I play this drag-queen character who’s at the end of her performance career, so she decides to set off to sea in a bathtub.
Do you think Hemingway would approve?
Whatever, fuck Hemingway! That misogynistic, alcoholic son of a bitch!
What’s the thrill of drag?
Well, I most often do what is called gender-fuck drag, where you take the most extreme signifiers of whatever genders and mash them together: a beard with crazy makeup, hairy legs and high heels.
And you make money doing that?
That and I also do porn.
What titles can we see you in?
Uh, Sex Addict or Lust or Pounded. [Laughs]
Is sex on camera enjoyable or like work?
Depends. Gay-for-pay men—straight men who do gay porn because it’s more lucrative—are a pain in the ass. They can’t keep it up, so they’re constantly having to go jerk off to straight porn.
How do you keep it up?
Is your mom okay with your lifestyle?
Oh, yeah. When I first came out I can remember her saying, “Oh, it’s fine with me, but I just think your life is going to be more difficult.” But it’s been the opposite. I think straight men have it bad. They feel pressure to behave in certain ways because of a box constructed for straight men to live in. Meanwhile, I can wear high heels or a fur coat on the street and there’s nothing anyone can say to make me feel less about myself.