Becoming a “gateway” to the LGBT community was not the first thing on Ryan Levine’s mind when he decided to pursue drag. While enrolled at Towson University, Levine had involved himself in LGBT support groups on campus and met drag queens while helping with a semester pride showcase. Interested in their art, and looking for a fun way to express himself, he began to develop Pariah Sinclair.
Three years later, Pariah Sinclair has performed across the Baltimore area and coordinates several shows herself. Levine’s connection with his drag persona has deepened, and he cites Real Housewives as being his main influence for the character. “Anyone can do drag,” he quips, but not everyone can be dedicated to building community through the art form.