Interview with Big Freedia (cover story). July 2011 (OffBeat).


“I am not transgendered; I am just a gay male,” says Freedia, on the front patio of the Country Club clothing-optional pool in the Bywater, one recent hot spring day. In the past, Freedia was often packaged with fellow gay bounce artist and collaborator Sissy Nobby, as well as Freedia’s mentor, the transsexual Katey Red. Freedia and Katey attended Cohen High School together and Freedia started her career backing Katey. “But I am not Katey Red,” says Freedia. “I wear women’s hair and carry a purse, but I am a man. I answer to either ‘he’ or ‘she.’” While Freedia’s exoticism is engrossing and an easy selling point, she is a master New Orleans showman with the golden capability to move huge crowds…”

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