Keeping Austin Weird

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UploadedMay 6, 2009
TakenMay 2, 2009
ModelCanon EOS 50D
Exposure1/100 sec at f/5.6
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Focal Length46 mm
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We continue to keep Austin weird with our own resident drag-queen - Leslie Cochran

Photo taken at the 2009 Old Pecan Street Festival in Austin TX.

Leslie Cochran born as Albert Leslie Cochran is an American vagrant cross-dresser and arguably the most famous street person, according to local media sources, in Austin, texas. He is an outspoken critic of police treatment of the homeless in the downtown area. Many consider him to be the epitome of the "Keep Austin Weird" campaign, as demonstrated by his two time run for mayor as well as numerous articles in the Austin Chronicle and local news stations. Leslie hangs out around 6th street, usually around 6th and Congress during business hours. He can often be found at Bouldin Creek Coffeehouse during late afternoons and evenings. He is most frequently seen wearing women's clothing, the most popular attire is a leopard thong and high-heeled shoes, a bra and tight skimpy t-shirt to show off his b-cup top. In 2000, Leslie ran for mayor against the incumbent Kirk Watson and finished second. His popularity waned in the 2003 election because of his platform to house the homeless in tipis.

Article Below Published: Jan. 26, 2000 - By John Kelso
American-Statesman Staff

Austin Mayor Kirk Watson's worst nightmare may be standing right now in front of One American Center at Congress Avenue and Sixth Street in bad makeup, pink Spandex and stacked heels.

Leslie Cochran, the city's human weather gauge (the more pants he has on, the cooler it is), is running for mayor. Although the crossdresser has no money, he has one advantage over Watson -- better name recognition. He's like Madonna. He can go by one name, and you still know who he is.

For some time, the Downtown Austin Alliance has tried to get Leslie off the corner in front of One American Center because all that leg clashes with the high rise's image. Maybe this mayoral stunt will fix the problem.

"The rumor is that the DAA is endorsing his campaign so he'll be inside the mayor's office instead of on the street corner," Watson said. He understands the scope of the competition.

"My fear is that this will not be an issue-oriented campaign but (about) who has the best legs, and then I know I'm a dead man," Watson said. "The only problem I've got is that I've seen freckles where I never really wanted to." The mayor was referring to Leslie's freckles, not his own.

For his part, Leslie is selling, on the street, Christmasy glossy photos and T-shirts that show him in a plaid skirt. Both T-shirts and photos come with the slogan, "Have you been naughty or nice?"
These items were given to Leslie by, the startup that made a name for itself with a $50,000 print ad campaign that features large color photos of Leslie in his tiara. The items are leftovers from the office Christmas party.

22 responses

  • Kathleen Battan

    Kathleen Battan gave props (13 May 2009):

    Ha! Funny

  • Karen Lynch

    Karen Lynch said (25 May 2009):

    Would you call this an "overexposed" shot? How funny!

  • Maureen Jochetz

    Maureen Jochetz said (4 Jun 2009):

    Leslie drives me crazy. I have seen him wearing a leopard thong while riding a bike down Shoal Creek and bending over while wearing a Santa's elf costume outside of Jovita's. NOT PRETTY!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (13 Jun 2009):

    Quite a character. Love Austin. Gets my vote.

  • Michael Diamond

    Michael Diamond said (23 Jun 2009):

    Excentricity by the bucket load...very colourful indeed!

  • Maggie

    Maggie said (23 Jun 2009):

    Well, she's in great shape!

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (24 Jun 2009):

    This definitely qualifies for the theme, although I am not sure what his gender role is. This is a bold and interesting story with a rather provocative photo, and is impactful. Great work. voting.


    JOE FAILK gave props (25 Jun 2009):

    Yes it rocks Vote

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (26 Jun 2009):

    Funny...voted yeah!

  • Luca Piccolo

    Luca Piccolo gave props (27 Jun 2009):

    ha... very funny

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (28 Jun 2009):

    Hell...Yeah! It rocks!

  • mark regester

    mark regester (Deleted) gave props (29 Jun 2009):

    ah good ol' Leslie. can't deny him a vote!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (1 Jul 2009):

    Oh my -- a yes vote!

  • Sylvain Dudoit

    Sylvain Dudoit gave props (6 Jul 2009):

    He should probably participate to mister universe :P

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond gave props (8 Jul 2009):

    Weird! Both you and Leslie get my "Yeah!", Cindy. R

  • Courtney Barron

    Courtney Barron said (21 Jul 2009):


  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (4 Sep 2009):

    Strange and great vote!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (3 Dec 2009):

    The kind of guy I'd take home to mother!!!

  • Jacquie Gibson

    Jacquie Gibson (Deleted) gave props (11 Dec 2009):

    Certainly a character!

  • Ann White

    Ann White gave props (25 Jan 2010):

    OOOOO KKKKKK Great story. If our mayor can become mayor why not

  • John Dorosiewicz

    John Dorosiewicz gave props (19 Feb 2010):

    Now that's one Unique (capital U) Dude!!

  • Loree McComb

    Loree McComb   gave props (2 Apr 2010):

    oh dear gawd!

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