Performed with the San Diego Children's Theater in 1972.
Crowned Best Afro and Best Dancer of his ninth-grade class.
First TV appearance was in 1982 on The American Music Show, a local public-access program.
Made movie debut in the 1983 indie film The Blue Boy Terror. A year later was cast in Trilogy of Terror, which marked his first performance in drag.
Wrote, published and distributed first autobiography If You Love Me, Give It to Me in 1984.
Can be seen in the B-52s' 1989 video for "Love Shack."
Spokesmodel for M.A.C Cosmetics' VIiva Glam products.
Throughout the 1980s found local success as a singer; gained national attention in 1993 with the tune he cowrote called "Supermodel (You Better Work)," which received an MTV Video Music Awards nomination for Best Dance Video.
Cohosted a morning radio show in New York City in 1996.
Received the 1999 Vito Russo Entertainer Award by GLAAD (the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) and in 2010 won honors from the group for reality program RuPaul's Drag Race.