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Sharon Needles pokes holes in Atlanta’s LGBT community

Sharon Needles

“Love you nigger.”

When Sharon Needles, winner of season four of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” used those words to autograph a photo of herself after an April performance in Nashville, she ignited a controversy that followed her to Atlanta late last month.

Out of drag, Needles is a white gay man. The autograph recipient identifies as a queer woman of color.

For critics, including the small group of activists who protested Needles’ June 27 performance at Atlanta gay bar Jungle, the contrast makes Needles a racist who had no right to use the slur.

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Sharon Needles packs Jungle for ‘Fantasy Girls’ as protesters picket outside

Sharon Needles protesters

Some 15 local activists gathered outside Jungle to protest featured performer Sharon Needles at the club's monthly "Fantasy Girls" show Wednesday, June 28.

Needles, the winner of "RuPaul's Drag Race" season 4, has caused controversy for her performances and statements that included the word "nigger," wearing a swastika t-shirt and more. Check here for background.

The protestors, led by Enakai Ciseaux, gathered around 9:30 p.m. and stood just outside the entrance of the club holding signs that read "Racists: Sashay Away," "Racism is Not Art," and "Call me 'nigger' to my face," among other things.