A drag fan named Annecy (pronouns are they/them) has come forward with horrifying stories about the abuse they endured at the hands of Aaron Coady (also known as Sharon Needles from RuPaul's Drag Race, winner of Season 4) from the ages of 15-17.
Trigger warning for a lot of things including racism, suicidal ideation, self-harm, mental illness, fatphobia, grooming, physical and sexual abuse, etc. because while this account is potentially triggering for many, I also think this is important for drag and Drag Race fans to know about. I also think it's important Annecy's story gets shared, because they were so brave for speaking out against their abuser, and it's time to take the trash out with these men, as was done to Joey Gugliemell.
While Aaron's drag name is "Sharon Needles," I will be referring to him as Aaron going forward.
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Annecy lists everything they remember happening to them in this Google doc, but for the sake of brevity, I'm going to paraphrase and highlight some of the things they wrote about.
It goes on and on, and there's more in Annecy's thread and it's all absolutely disgusting.
As if that all weren't bad enough, after Annecy spoke out against him, Aaron privately DM'ed Annecy about the allegations, which they then shared:
well she responded pic.twitter.com/vfrYv8ncg5— BLACK LIVES MATTER (@annecycornchip) June 27, 2020
A number of drag artists and fans rushed to Annecy's defense, and accused Aaron of gaslighting them.
"I’m posting this after debating for three years whether I should speak up for a number of reasons," Annecy wrote. "I think parents and guardians need to be cautious if they’re going to let their kids hang around adults unsupervised specifically if they don’t know the adults no matter who they are. Powerful people seem to have a tendency to take advantage of those smaller than them. "
UPDATE: Aquaria, winner of Season 10, has spoken out against Aaron and explained a bit more about their relationship. She clarifies Sharon was never really her "drag mother."
(1/2) I’ve hardly been online the past day, so my apologies for being late. here’s a short message for the time being to the concerned fans looking for a response from me. Please be respectful. pic.twitter.com/O0SPD5Hlhw— Aquaria 🖤 (@aquariaofficial) June 28, 2020
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