The Washington Post reports:
In the United States, as an openly gay member of a party now targeting the type of show he once performed, Santos has backed hard-line policies that many in the LGBTQ community find discriminatory. He has supported a Florida law that bars educators from discussing sexual orientation in early elementary education. He has co-sponsored a bill that separates the sexes based on “immutable biological differences.” He has criticized same-sex parents, calling them the “flavor of the decade.”
But in his mother’s native Niterói, Santos actively participated in the budding gay rights movement, according to photos and people who knew him, and performed in drag more often than he has acknowledged. He attended the city’s first Pride parades, handed out pamphlets at events, befriended some of the city’s leading activists, and climbed nightclub stages to dance and lip sync in his drag persona, Kitara Ravache, promising to one day compete himself in Miss Brasil Gay.
Read the full article. Gift link. There’s much, much more about Santos’ drag career and, of course, about stealing from him friends. In a statement to the Washington Post, Santos denied everything, screeching, “I would advise that you have your facts straight and proof of what you write.” Earlier this year Santos pleaded guilty to check fraud in Brazil. Here in the US, he is currently on bail pending trial on 13 felony charges.
NEW: Months ago, we started looking for people who knew Rep. George Santos in his mother’s native Niterói. The details many provided have never before been reported. This is Santos’s Brazil story — when he was known as Anthony Devolder or Kitara Ravache.https://t.co/izOWEJv13P
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