Leslie, he of the hot pink panties and the tricked out shopping cart, is dead at age 60. I’ll have more to say about this later, but for now I just want to marvel over the fact that one of Austin’s most revered icons was a homeless transgendered man.
From the Austin-American Statesman:
Usually dressed in ankle-snapping ladies’ heels and a thong, Cochran was a fixture in Austin, particularly downtown, the Sixth St. entertainment district and South Austin. He became known around the world as a key example of the city’s populace embracing and celebrating its freaks. Albert Leslie Cochran eventually ascended to the highest rank of celebrity, joining the few known by one name only.
We’ll miss you, Leslie. Summertime on South Congress won’t be the same without you.
Check out this awesome photo gallery from the Statesman.