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  Hot Pants and Small Government
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AuthorMichaela Lev-Ram
News DateFriday, April 2, 2004 03:40:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionIn bright pink go-go boots, a white belly shirt and silver hot pants, Starchild breaks down the philosophical premise of the Libertarian party.

“It all stems from the idea that you own your life and your body, as long as you’re not hurting others,” he says. A necklace of green, plastic marijuana leaves dangles from his neck.

The 33-year-old former Republican, who makes his living as an escort and exotic dancer, may not look like your average suit-and-tie-wearing politician.

But Starchild’s no newcomer to politics, and–-with his unconventional fashion and lifestyle–-he not only promotes and espouses Libertarian beliefs, he lives and breathes them.

Starchild (his legal name since 1998) developed a knack for political affairs at a young age. By the time he was nine years old, he read newspapers avidly and became increasingly fascinated with history. After high school, he served as the president of the Republican club and wrote for the school newspaper at Chabot Community College.

“But I wasn’t the most conventional Republican,” he says, a mischievous grin seeping the corners of his mouth.

In 1991, when he stumbled across a Libertarian booth at a festival in the Castro, Starchild found his true political calling.

“It was sort of like Darwin finding the theory of evolution,” he says. “I just thought, ‘wow, these people are right.’”
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