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Todd's People - Gia, the Frat Boy on the Drag Scene

You might think Gia would've gotten a lot of shit growing up in Chicago, given that she was born a he named Neco. But even though she's been wearing girl clothes since high school, the gangbangers on the corners in her neighborhood leave Gia alone.
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22 Αύγουστος 2011, 12:00am

You might think Gia would've gotten a lot of shit growing up in Chicago, given that she was born a he named Neco. But even though she's been wearing girl clothes since high school, the gangbangers on the corners in her neighborhood leave Gia alone. The frat boys she hangs out with at college don't suspect a thing, either. It's her competitors in Chicago's infamous drag ball scene that she has to watch out for (if you don't know what that is, this should get you up to speed).

Gia goes to straight clubs as Gia, too. If a guy hits on her, she tells them: "I'm not what you think I am. I've got the same things you've got between your legs." One guy told her, "You're still a badass bitch."

VICE: So, you were telling me that people in Chicago like to fight.
Gia: I know how to fight, but I won't fight. I do got mace and a Taser. I'm too old now. I don't even go to parties anymore... you know how Chicago house parties are. Everyone trying to end the drama of their day by heading straight into it. Some bitches may want to slay me over some bullshit. Maybe I was killing it with my ponytail and some bitches got upset.

Where are you from?
West Side of Chicago.

Did you have to fight when you were growing up because you were different?
I put my hair in braids a lot. I fit in. But that was because my uncles were gangbangers, so I had protection. I came out at 15 and stopped messing with girls at 17. My uncles considered me their niece, so I was able to save my energy and I tried to stop fights. We all need to get together because we are not the favorites in society. I use my power to move people forward.

What's your power?
That I am a girl and a boy at the same time. I am classy, snippy, feisty, and edgy. That's the epitome of a woman and that's my power. My classmates and I talk about 2012. Let's get it in before the world ends. You can be rich, you can be whatever, but you're gonna die sometime. That's for sure.

Are you taking more chances and risks these days because of the 2012 apocalypse?
I do, but nothing dangerous like naughty karate.

Naughty karate?
Yeah, that's when you're gay/trans and you hit on straight dudes in the hood. That's naughty karate because you may instantly find yourself in a self-defense tutorial. But I am naughty, still. I'm in a college fraternity.

Do the frat boys know Gia? Or only Neco?
They only know Neco. It's an all-black fraternity. I do everything black. I'm about bringing two cultures together to make my own subculture.

And what's your subculture?
I'm famous for ponytails.

TODD DIEDERICH

Previously: Pam with the Knife