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Miss Cleo: From Psychic Readings to Gay Activism

“Call me now for your free reading!” was all we could think in our little heads when we heard Miss Cleo was brandishing a gay card. The television psychic who got into some investigative hot water — what do you mean phone readings are “for entertainment purposes only”? — was the face of the Psychic Readers Network, though she was never found criminally liable.

And wouldn’t you know it: She’s gone from fake psychic readings to GLBT outreach!

She is taller than she seemed on TV — 6 feet, plus a few extra inches from her high-heeled shoes. Her hair was pulled back in a wrap tucked under a pageboy hat.

She said she was drawn to Lake Worth in 2007, and to this coffeehouse, by her work with the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

Since then, she has protested in downtown Lake Worth, walked in the Florida AIDS Walk in Fort Lauderdale, and emceed the PrideFest 2008 of the Palm Beaches.

[…] At PrideFest, Cleo mocked her Psychic Readers Network past, said Julie Seaver, capital campaign manager with Compass Community Center in Lake Worth. (But Cleo also made a donation to the PrideFest raffle — free readings for 10 people.)

[…] While Cleo is no longer on TV, she has managed to remain before the public.

She provided the voice for gang leader Auntie Poulet in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City; released a spoken-word CD in 2007; and issued New Year’s Eve predictions for the Chicago-based podcast Windy City Queercast.

And yes, she’s still giving readings! But the $75-$200 fee isn’t for the services of a psychic, but a voodoo priestess, as she tells it.

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So what’s a gal like Ms. Cleo like when it comes to relationships? Just stare into our crystal ball:

She says she has been in three long-term relationships. The first, she says, was to a gay man who later died of AIDS. She would not give his name.

Together, they had two daughters, Cleo says, both now grown and on their own. She would not give their names, either.

Two serious relationships with women she won’t name followed. The second, in Seattle, where she produced local theater, turned abusive, Cleo says. She escaped it by moving to Florida in 1998.

[Florida Sun-Sentinel]