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Send In the Gay Clowns (Dressed In Half-Drag)

Billy Murray has spent the past few years dressing up as a clown in Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, scoring the job after seeing a listing on Craigslist. He says that by being “an out clown, and proud of who I am, […] I hope by talking about it I can get more people who are like me out to the show, and show me some support, and show some for the other performers who may be homosexual but may not be out as well.” In one act, “in honor of the 200th anniversary of the birth of P.T. Barnum, the clowns stage their own version of Barnum’s famous sideshows. Murray is outfitted as a half-man/half-woman character for that gag, and in the second act he plays Electric Man in a spoof of superheroes.”