The Further Adventures of Lynda Carter
By Jase Peeples
Out: You were the Grand Marshal for the 2011 New York City Gay Pride Parade the same weekend marriage equality passed in the state. What was it like to be a part of such a historic celebration?
LC: Oh boy, it was a zoo, but so great! It was wonderful to see everyone celebrating to the fullest and I have to say it’s such a privilege to be embraced by the LGBT community. To be welcomed by a group that has seen so much discrimination over the years—it’s just an honor.
Do you remember the first time you saw a drag queen dressed as Wonder Woman?
I’ve seen so many over the years it’s hard to remember the first one. However, I do remember the first time my son saw one. He was with me once when I was singing in San Francisco and a big drag queen came to the show dressed to the nines. She was great! My son’s reaction was priceless and we loved it. I will say that some of the funniest ones I’ve seen are the Wonder Woman drag queens with the big pot bellies and tons of hair on their chests. Those are the best and I’ve had my fair share of those viewing opportunities.
At this point in your career are you totally comfortable with the legacy of playing Wonder Woman?
God, I would hope so. I was comfortable back when I did it and I’m comfortable with it today. I’m still doing what I do and part of the reason people come to see me is because they liked her. It’s not something I can get away from, nor would I want to. What’s not to like about Wonder Woman?
If you could go back, knowing the impact Wonder Woman would have on your entire life, would you have done anything differently?
A lot of gay kids who grew up in the 1970s credit you with inspiring them at a crucial time in their lives. Who are the Wonder Women that inspired you along the way?
There have been so many. Golda Meir definitely. I remember being so impressed when I learned that she was running her own country. I still remember thinking, “Wow, how did that happen?” I was young and didn’t think something like that would be a possibility even though I grew up during the time of women’s lib. Of course, Gloria Steinem is another one, and I’ve always looked up to Hillary Clinton. She’s so smart, so capable, and so invested. Those are the types of women who’ve really inspired me. Not necessary the ones who are the most famous, but the ones who are invested in trying to do the right thing.
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