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Lydia McLaughlin: I Just Wanted to Leave

"I can't help that I felt uncomfortable."

By Lydia McLaughlin
Shannon Gets Spanked at Drag Queen Bingo

What a funny, crazy, dramatic episode!

How to Watch

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Shannon invited me to drag queen bingo night and told me it was to raise money for a charity that was important to her. I really wanted to be open minded and I did try my best to be a good sport and have a good time. Obviously, Shannon and I hadn't started our friendship off with the greatest start so I was excited to spend some time with her and get to know her better. I had never been to a drag queen event before and had no clue what to expect. The girls also didn't tell us how we were dressing up, they just told us they had outfits for us. I had no clue it was as men, and when Kelly and I walked into Shannon's home, I didn't even recognize Tamra and Shannon at first!!

I have to address the fact that I look so disturbing as a man! The other ladies seem to pull it off in my opinion way better! They are owning it and seriously crack me up. I couldn't stop laughing watching the episode. I'm not saying they are good looking as men, but they are pulling it off way better than I can.

This night was a turning point (so I thought...) for Shannon and me. She was making me laugh and we were joking with one another and I felt like we were starting to form a real friendship. Even when I made her claim bingo and she had to take a spanking, we were laughing and she was being such a good sport about it all.

I take my faith very serious. It is personal and affects (hopefully) every part of who I am. I never want my religion to be a gimmick or storyline, but just a part of who I am. I think everyone has conversations of faith and belief, I just happen to be on a reality show. I always want to be open minded and known for love. After talking to Doug and some of my other close friends that I respect, I decided to go with the girls to drag queen bingo. I can't help that I felt uncomfortable. With the physic constantly putting down Vicki and the bingo having sexual jokes constantly, all while dressing as a man, I was at my max. Once the girls started in on each other about affairs, I knew I needed to excuse myself. I wasn't involved in the conversation and really didn't want to make a scene, I just wanted to leave. I view marriage as a sacred relationship, and to hear them accusing one another was too much for me.

Is Meghan Getting in the Middle of Things?

Watching the fight between Meghan and Kelly, I do see both sides. Meghan was the one who accused Kelly of having an affair first, and then Kelly retaliated. When I came back to the table, Kelly was alone and all the other girls were consoling Meghan. I didn't hear Kelly attacking Meghan's choices as a mother, and I'm sure Kelly regrets saying that. Watching the fight, I like how Shannon tried to explain to Kelly that that's a vicious comment and over the line. I don't think either Meghan or Kelly are innocent in the fight. I feel like Meghan started it, but Kelly ended it by trying to hurt Meghan in return. I didn't know she had said all that, as I had excused myself. Watching it back, it is hard to see. These woman have become my sincere friends. I think it was big of Meghan to say goodbye to Kelly at the end, and I hope that they can repair their friendship.

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