By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com February 14 2002 1:00 AM ET
Gay troubadour Rufus Wainwright tells the New York Post that having a strong fan base among teenage girls is "one of the greatest triumphs in my career." Wainwright, the son of folk singers Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle, notes, "That was a slap in the face--or a kiss on the cheek--for detractors who thought I'd only have my parents' audience and older gay opera queens. They never thought young girls would be my bread and butter." Regarding his adolescent female following, the singer says, "I think their intelligence is often insulted by what's offered and marketed to them. They're looking for something more than Britney [Spears]."