Chad Michaels on bullying: ‘Live your life fabulously’

By Megan Carpentier
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 10:46 EDT
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Chad Michaels of RuPaul's Drag Race (Photo by Megan Carpentier)
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Over the course of the fourth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” nearly every contestant talked about being bullied in their childhoods — especially the winner, Sharon Needles, who said that her “spooky” drag persona was a response to the bullying and who dedicated her win to “anyone who ever got picked on as a kid.”

Before the winner was officially announced, Needles, Chad Michaels, Phi Phi O’Hara and Lashauwn Beyond talked to me about their experiences with bullying, and what they would say to kids who have to face it every day.

[Photo by Megan Carpentier]

Megan Carpentier
Megan Carpentier is the executive editor of Raw Story. She previously served as an associate editor at Talking Points Memo; the editor of news and politics at Air America; an editor at Jezebel.com; and an associate editor at Wonkette. Her published works include pieces for the Washington Post, the Washington Independent, Ms Magazine, RH Reality Check, the Women's Media Center, On the Issues, the New York Press, Bitch and Women's eNews.
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