Giuliani to don drag for Queer as Folk

By Advocate.com Editors

Originally published on Advocate.com October 15 2001 11:00 PM ET

The New York Post's Page Six reports that New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani has agreed to appear on Showtime's Queer as Folk in drag to raise funds for disaster relief. The Empire State Pride Agenda lobbying group coaxed the mayor to appear on the gay-themed series by getting ESPA members to pledge money to victims of the September 11 tragedy. The added bonus of having the mayor cross-dress apparently came from an idea of one of Giuliani's gay roommates, Howard Koeppel: "I said to the mayor, 'Would you be willing to do it?' and he said, 'If it means more money, sure.'"