US Congressman George Santos was a drag queen in Brazil 15 years ago: what was he called and what was his dream

U.S. Representative George Santos walks toward a vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, January 12, 2023. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz/File (ELIZABETH FRANTZ/)

US congressman George Santos competed as drag queen in Brazilian beauty pageants 15 years agoas declared by two acquaintances to the news agency Reuters on Wednesday, which adds to the contrasts that have aroused criticism of the staunchly conservative views of openly gay Republican congressman.

The embattled new congressman has also faced calls from his fellow New York Republicans to resign over the falsehoods about his career and history.

A 58-year-old Brazilian artist, who calls herself Eula Rochardsaid she became friends with the now congressman in 2005 at the first gay pride parade in Niteroi, a suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Three years later, Santos competed in a drag beauty pageant in RiverRochard declared.

Another person from Niteroi who knew the deputy but asked not to be named said that he participated in drag queen beauty pageants and aspired to be Miss Gay Rio de Janeiro.

George Santos
George Santos as drag queen in Brazil

Emails sent Wednesday night to the congressman’s press office and a newly hired communications director were not returned.

Santos is the first openly gay republican who wins a seat in Congress without being a candidate, but has positioned himself as a staunch conservative on many social issues.

Has supported the bill “don’t say gay” Florida, which prohibits discussing sexual orientation and gender identity in class.

Republicans are increasingly denouncing drag shows and performers, claiming they are harmful to children.

George Santos leaves his office to attend a House vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2023. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz
George Santos leaves his office to attend a House vote on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., January 12, 2023. REUTERS/Elizabeth Frantz (ELIZABETH FRANTZ/)

Santos, in response to criticism received in October for his support for the “don’t say gay” law, told usa today: “I am openly gay, I have never had any problem with my sexual identity in the last decade, and I can tell you and assure you that I will always be an advocate for LGBTQ people”.

Rochard said the deputy was a drag queen “poor” in 2005, in a simple black dress, but in 2008 “she returned to Niteroi with a lot of money” and an extravagant pink dress to prove it. Santos competed in a drag beauty pageant that year but lost, Rochard said.

“A lot has changed, but it was always a liar. He was always a dreamerRockard said.

(With information from Reuters)

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