America's Spook Queen
Before launching his career in music, campy drag performer Sharon Needles appeared on the reality/competition television show RuPaul's Drag Race. Born Aaron Coady in Newton, Iowa, Needles faced anti-gay harassment in his hometown, but with a move to Pittsburgh in 2004, he became a living, breathing, and vogueing example of the It Gets Better project. Loving all things gothic and ghoulish, he launched the Haus of Haunt, a group that glitzed up Pittsburgh's nightclubs with their punky, campy, and scary revue. In 2011, he became a contestant on the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, winning the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" and blowing up social networking with glamorous folks like Lady Gaga singing his praises. In 2013, he brought an extra dose of fabulous to the world of music by releasing the danceable and dark debut album PG-13.