With some regret, personally I have never done serious drag. There was that talking voices in my head (and from some friends) that being in politics and dressing up was just not a good idea. Don't get me wrong I certainly have thought about it and even how I would appear to the masses with my transformation.
There were times I was tempted and other times where there was a boa or two hanging around my neck.
n the 1980's, when we were willing to do anything to raise money for HIV/AIDS, a group approached me about making an appearance at circuit party to be held in an airport hanger with a World War II theme. They wanted me to speak. When I explained that I would be stoned to death by guys dancing the night away for interrupting their music, they stopped me to explain their idea.
They wanted to stop the music and bring down a huge American flag. Then they would announce "Studs, presenting David Mixner". From the back of the hanger I was to appear being carried on the shoulders of hot muscled men in uniform dressed as the World War II crooner the heavy set Kate Smith! Upon arriving at the stage, I was to lip sing to her signature song "God Bless America".
Oh God, did I want to do it and just couldn't muster up the courage!
Then there was the time it was to be Peter Scott's 50th birthday. It was to be his last birthday before he died of AIDS in 1989. A party was a must but David Quarles and I were concerned that it would be depressing to many people because the realization that Peter's days were number. So the two of us want to a 'video studio' donned boa's and sang "You've Got A Friend". The evening was filled with laughter as the video was played over and over again.
Judith Light always wanted to see me in drag. I told her if she could organize just ten people for $10,000 each for dinner for charity I would go full court drag for that evening. Evidently, the demand to see me as Sophie Tucker just wasn't that great.
Do I still have the urge?
Of course I do.
My dream is to go as Mama from "Mama's Family" with all my friends playing out the rest of the characters from the television show. Would it be wrong if as Mama I had lustful thoughts for 'Bubba' from the show?
Well, who knows maybe one of these days. If you see "Mama's Family" at the next Halloween Parade or party be sure to look closely! You never know who will be behind that make-up!