Lady Bunny Bounces into San Francisco
This bunny has bite.
Famed drag queen Lady Bunny, who will blitz northern California next week to promote her new single, has never been shy about speaking her mind.
And in an interview with the Bay Area Reporter this week, the legendary New York City nightlife fixture was vocal about her opinions on gay conservatives, Big Apple lesbian mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, and the rightful place of transgender people in LGBT history.
"I wish there were more drag queens who did speak out because I think we often have a unique perspective," said Lady Bunny.
She is in the "anyone but Quinn party" in terms of this year’s New York City mayoral race and recently appeared at a fundraiser for candidate Bill de Blasio, the city’s elected public advocate. She also spoke favorably of disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner.
"I think she is Bloomberg’s bitch and was instrumental in securing his third term," said Lady Bunny of Quinn, the current city council speaker, referring to current Mayor Michael Bloomberg. "She is in with big real estate developers so New York is not for New Yorkers anymore."
Seen last month in the HBO documentary "The Out List," which featured a number of prominent LGBT people, Lady Bunny joked that her segment’s placement immediately after that of a gay Republican made her seem "like a beacon of sense and reason."
Her lambasting conservative gays who complain that media coverage of leather men and drag queens is unrepresentative of the LGBT community drew cheers at a Castro Theatre screening of the film.
"I say, guess what, the gay rights movement was not started by people who wore a pink T-shirt one day on gay Pride day and went back to a closeted office job. It was started by drag queens, transsexuals, and street people who were totally flamboyant and lived their lives flamboyantly and didn’t have a conservative place to retreat to and got shit on all the time," said Lady Bunny. "Don’t ever try to subtract drag queens from gay rights history; you will fail."
She also defended the lesbian protester who heckled first lady Michelle Obama at a recent fundraising event. Lady Bunny said she was dismayed to see many of her friends post critical comments about the outburst on Facebook.
"I said, why not? She is protesting being treated a second-class citizen," she said. "You should get up and get mad."