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What is TRUVADA for PrEP<br />

(Pre-exposure Prophylaxis)?<br />

TRUVADA is a prescription medicine that can be<br />

used for PrEP to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1<br />

infection when used together with safer sex practices.<br />

This use is only for adults who are at high risk of getting<br />

HIV-1 through sex. This includes HIV-negative men who<br />

have sex with men and who are at high risk of getting<br />

infected with HIV-1 through sex, and male-female sex<br />

partners when one partner has HIV-1 infection and<br />

the other does not.<br />

Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions<br />

about how to prevent getting HIV-1. Always practice<br />

safer sex and use condoms to lower the chance of<br />

sexual contact with body fluids. Never reuse or share<br />

needles or other items that have body fluids on them.<br />

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION<br />

I What is the most important information I should<br />

know about TRUVADA for PrEP?<br />

Before taking TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce your<br />

risk of getting HIV-1 infection:<br />

u You must be HIV-negative. You must get tested<br />

to make sure that you do not already have<br />

HIV-1 infection. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP<br />

to reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are<br />

confirmed to be HIV-negative.<br />

u Many HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection in<br />

a person who has recently become infected.<br />

If you have flu-like symptoms, you could have<br />

recently become infected with HIV-1. Tell your<br />

healthcare provider if you had a flu-like illness<br />

within the last month before starting TRUVADA<br />

for PrEP or at any time while taking TRUVADA<br />

for PrEP. Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection<br />

include tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches,<br />

headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash,<br />

night sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in<br />

the neck or groin.<br />

While taking TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce your<br />

risk of getting HIV-1 infection:<br />

u You must continue using safer sex practices.<br />

Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP may not keep<br />

you from getting HIV-1.<br />

u You must stay HIV-negative to keep taking<br />

TRUVADA for PrEP.<br />

u To further help reduce your risk of getting HIV-1:<br />

• Know your HIV-1 status and the HIV-1 status of<br />

your partners.<br />

• <strong>Get</strong> tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months or<br />

when your healthcare provider tells you.<br />

• <strong>Get</strong> tested for other sexually transmitted<br />

infections. Other infections make it easier for<br />

HIV-1 to infect you.<br />

• <strong>Get</strong> information and support to help reduce risky<br />

sexual behavior.<br />

• Have fewer sex partners.<br />

• Do not miss any doses of TRUVADA. Missing<br />

doses may increase your risk of getting HIV-1<br />

infection.<br />

• If you think you were exposed to HIV-1, tell your<br />

healthcare provider right away.<br />

u If you do become HIV-1 positive, you need more<br />

medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat HIV-1.<br />

TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment<br />

for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only<br />

TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become harder to treat<br />

over time.<br />

TRUVADA can cause serious side effects:<br />

u Too much lactic acid in your blood (lactic<br />

acidosis), which is a serious medical emergency.<br />

Symptoms of lactic acidosis include weakness or<br />

being more tired than usual, unusual muscle pain,<br />

being short of breath or fast breathing, nausea,<br />

vomiting, stomach-area pain, cold or blue hands<br />

and feet, feeling dizzy or lightheaded, and/or fast<br />

or abnormal heartbeats.<br />

u Serious liver problems. Your liver may become<br />

large and tender, and you may develop fat in your<br />

liver. Symptoms of liver problems include your skin<br />

or the white part of your eyes turns yellow, dark<br />

“tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss of<br />

appetite for several days or longer, nausea, and/or<br />

stomach-area pain.<br />

u You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis<br />

or serious liver problems if you are female,<br />

very overweight (obese), or have been taking<br />

TRUVADA for a long time. In some cases, these<br />

serious conditions have led to death. Call your<br />

healthcare provider right away if you have any<br />

symptoms of these conditions.<br />

u Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. If you<br />

also have HBV and take TRUVADA, your hepatitis<br />

may become worse if you stop taking TRUVADA.<br />

Do not stop taking TRUVADA without first talking to<br />

your healthcare provider. If your healthcare provider<br />

tells you to stop taking TRUVADA, they will need to<br />

watch you closely for several months to monitor<br />

your health. TRUVADA is not approved for the<br />

treatment of HBV.<br />

I Who should not take TRUVADA for PrEP?<br />

Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP if you already<br />

have HIV-1 infection or if you do not know your<br />

HIV-1 status. If you are HIV-1 positive, you need to<br />

take other medicines with TRUVADA to treat HIV-1.<br />

TRUVADA by itself is not a complete treatment for<br />

HIV-1. If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA,<br />

your HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time.<br />

Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP if you also take<br />

lamivudine (Epivir-HBV) or adefovir (HEPSERA).<br />

Please see Important Facts about TRUVADA for PrEP including important warnings<br />

on the following pages.


Have you heard about<br />

TRUVADA for PrEPTM?<br />

The once-daily prescription medicine that can help reduce the risk of getting<br />

HIV-1 when used with safer sex practices.<br />

• TRUVADA for PrEP is only for adults who are at high risk of getting HIV through sex.<br />

• You must be HIV-negative before you start taking TRUVADA for PrEP.<br />

Ask your doctor about your risk of getting HIV-1 infection and if TRUVADA for PrEP<br />

may be right for you.<br />

I What are the other possible side effects of<br />

TRUVADA for PrEP?<br />

Serious side effects of TRUVADA may also include:<br />

u Kidney problems, including kidney failure.<br />

Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to<br />

check your kidneys before and during treatment<br />

with TRUVADA for PrEP. If you develop kidney<br />

problems, your healthcare provider may tell you to<br />

stop taking TRUVADA for PrEP.<br />

u Bone problems, including bone pain or bones<br />

getting soft or thin, may lead to fractures. Your<br />

healthcare provider may do tests to check<br />

your bones.<br />

u Changes in body fat, which can happen in<br />

people taking TRUVADA or medicines like<br />

TRUVADA.<br />

Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA for<br />

PrEP are stomach-area (abdomen) pain, headache,<br />

and decreased weight. Tell your healthcare provider<br />

if you have any side effects that bother you or do not<br />

go away.<br />

I What should I tell my healthcare provider before<br />

taking TRUVADA for PrEP?<br />

u All your health problems. Be sure to tell your<br />

healthcare provider if you have or have had any<br />

kidney, bone, or liver problems, including hepatitis<br />

virus infection.<br />

u If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.<br />

It is not known if TRUVADA can harm your unborn<br />

baby. If you become pregnant while taking<br />

TRUVADA for PrEP, talk to your healthcare provider to<br />

decide if you should keep taking TRUVADA for PrEP.<br />

visit start.truvada.com<br />

Pregnancy Registry: A pregnancy registry collects<br />

information about your health and the health of your<br />

baby. There is a pregnancy registry for women who<br />

take medicines to prevent HIV-1 during pregnancy.<br />

For more information about the registry and how it<br />

works, talk to your healthcare provider.<br />

u If you are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to<br />

breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. The medicines in<br />

TRUVADA can pass to your baby in breast milk. If<br />

you become HIV-1 positive, HIV-1 can be passed<br />

to the baby in breast milk.<br />

u All the medicines you take, including prescription<br />

and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal<br />

supplements. TRUVADA may interact with other<br />

medicines. Keep a list of all your medicines and show<br />

it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when<br />

you get a new medicine.<br />

u If you take certain other medicines with<br />

TRUVADA for PrEP, your healthcare provider may<br />

need to check you more often or change your<br />

dose. These medicines include ledipasvir with<br />

sofosbuvir (HARVONI).<br />

You are encouraged to report negative<br />

side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.<br />

Visit www.FDA.gov/medwatch, or call<br />

1-800-FDA-1088.


w<br />

(tru-VAH-dah)<br />

IMPORTANT FACTS<br />

This is only a brief summary of important information about<br />

taking TRUVADA for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) to help<br />

reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 infection. This does not replace<br />

talking to your healthcare provider about your medicine.<br />

MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TRUVADA FOR PrEP<br />

Before starting TRUVADA for PrEP to help reduce<br />

your risk of getting HIV-1 infection:<br />

• You must be HIV-1 negative. You must get tested<br />

to make sure that you do not already have HIV-1<br />

infection. Do not take TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce<br />

the risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are confirmed to<br />

be HIV-1 negative.<br />

• Many HIV-1 tests can miss HIV-1 infection in<br />

a person who has recently become infected.<br />

Symptoms of new HIV-1 infection include flu-like<br />

symptoms, tiredness, fever, joint or muscle aches,<br />

headache, sore throat, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, night<br />

sweats, and/or enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or<br />

groin. Tell your healthcare provider if you have had a<br />

flu-like illness within the last month before starting<br />

TRUVADA for PrEP.<br />

While taking TRUVADA for PrEP to help reduce<br />

your risk of getting HIV-1 infection:<br />

• You must continue using safer sex practices.<br />

Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP may not keep you<br />

from getting HIV-1.<br />

• You must stay HIV-1 negative to keep taking<br />

TRUVADA for PrEP.<br />

• Tell your healthcare provider if you have a flu-like<br />

illness while taking TRUVADA for PrEP.<br />

• If you think you were exposed to HIV-1, tell your<br />

healthcare provider right away.<br />

• If you do become HIV-1 positive, you need more<br />

medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat HIV-1.<br />

If you have HIV-1 and take only TRUVADA, your<br />

HIV-1 may become harder to treat over time.<br />

• See the “How to Further Reduce Your Risk”<br />

section for more information.<br />

TRUVADA may cause serious side effects,<br />

including:<br />

• Buildup of lactic acid in your blood (lactic<br />

acidosis), which is a serious medical emergency<br />

that can lead to death. Call your healthcare<br />

provider right away if you have any of these<br />

symptoms: weakness or being more tired than<br />

usual, unusual muscle pain, being short of breath<br />

or fast breathing, nausea, vomiting, stomach-area<br />

pain, cold or blue hands and feet, feeling dizzy or<br />

lightheaded, and/or fast or abnormal heartbeats.<br />

• Severe liver problems, which in some cases can<br />

lead to death. Call your healthcare provider right<br />

away if you have any of these symptoms: your<br />

skin or the white part of your eyes turns yellow,<br />

dark “tea-colored” urine, light-colored stools, loss<br />

of appetite for several days or longer, nausea,<br />

and/or stomach-area pain.<br />

• Worsening of hepatitis B (HBV) infection. If<br />

you have HBV and take TRUVADA, your hepatitis<br />

may become worse if you stop taking TRUVADA.<br />

Do not stop taking TRUVADA without first talking<br />

to your healthcare provider, as they will need to<br />

check your health regularly for several months.<br />

You may be more likely to get lactic acidosis<br />

or severe liver problems if you are female, very<br />

overweight, or have been taking TRUVADA for<br />

a long time.<br />

ABOUT TRUVADA FOR PrEP (PRE-EXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS)<br />

TRUVADA is a prescription medicine used with<br />

safer sex practices for PrEP to help reduce the risk<br />

of getting HIV-1 infection in adults at high risk:<br />

• HIV-1 negative men who have sex with men and<br />

who are at high risk of getting infected with HIV-1<br />

through sex.<br />

• Male-female sex partners when one partner has<br />

HIV-1 infection and the other does not.<br />

To help determine your risk, talk openly with your<br />

doctor about your sexual health.<br />

Do NOT take TRUVADA for PrEP if you:<br />

• Already have HIV-1 infection or if you do not<br />

know your HIV-1 status.<br />

• Take lamivudine (Epivir-HBV) or<br />

adefovir (HEPSERA).


POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF TRUVADA FOR PrEP<br />

TRUVADA can cause serious side effects,<br />

including:<br />

• Those in the “Most Important Information<br />

About TRUVADA for PrEP" section.<br />

• New or worse kidney problems, including<br />

kidney failure.<br />

• Bone problems.<br />

• Changes in body fat.<br />

Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA for<br />

PrEP include stomach-area (abdomen) pain, headache,<br />

and decreased weight.<br />

These are not all the possible side effects of TRUVADA.<br />

Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any<br />

new symptoms while taking TRUVADA for PrEP.<br />

Your healthcare provider will need to do tests to<br />

monitor your health before and during treatment<br />

with TRUVADA for PrEP.<br />

BEFORE TAKING TRUVADA FOR PrEP<br />

Tell your healthcare provider if you:<br />

• Have or have had any kidney, bone, or liver problems,<br />

including hepatitis infection.<br />

• Have any other medical conditions.<br />

• Are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.<br />

• Are breastfeeding (nursing) or plan to breastfeed. Do<br />

not breastfeed if you become HIV-1 positive because<br />

of the risk of passing HIV-1 to your baby.<br />

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines<br />

you take:<br />

• Keep a list that includes all prescription and<br />

over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal<br />

supplements, and show it to your healthcare provider<br />

and pharmacist.<br />

• Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist<br />

about medicines that should not be taken with<br />

TRUVADA for PrEP.<br />

HOW TO TAKE TRUVADA FOR PrEP<br />

• Take 1 tablet once a day, every day, not just<br />

when you think you have been exposed to HIV-1.<br />

• Do not miss any doses. Missing doses may increase<br />

your risk of getting HIV-1 infection.<br />

• You must practice safer sex by using condoms<br />

and you must stay HIV-1 negative.<br />

HOW TO FURTHER REDUCE YOUR RISK<br />

• Know your HIV-1 status and the HIV-1 status<br />

of your partners.<br />

• <strong>Get</strong> tested for HIV-1 at least every 3 months<br />

or when your healthcare provider tells you.<br />

• <strong>Get</strong> tested for other sexually transmitted infections.<br />

Other infections make it easier for HIV-1 to infect you.<br />

• <strong>Get</strong> information and support to help reduce risky<br />

sexual behavior.<br />

• Have fewer sex partners.<br />

• Do not share needles or personal items that can have<br />

blood or body fluids on them.<br />

GET MORE INFORMATION<br />

• This is only a brief summary of important information<br />

about TRUVADA for PrEP to reduce the risk of getting<br />

HIV-1 infection. Talk to your healthcare provider or<br />

pharmacist to learn more, including how to prevent<br />

HIV-1 infection.<br />

• Go to start.truvada.com or call 1-800-GILEAD-5<br />

• If you need help paying for your medicine, visit<br />

start.truvada.com for program information.<br />

TRUVADA, the TRUVADA Logo, TRUVADA FOR PREP, GILEAD, the GILEAD Logo, and HEPSERA<br />

are trademarks of Gilead Sciences, Inc., or its related companies. All other marks referenced<br />

herein are the property of their respective owners. Version date: April 2016<br />

© <strong>2017</strong> Gilead Sciences, Inc. All rights reserved. TVDC0087 03/17


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BY EILEEN SHAPIRO<br />

CELEBRITY CORRESPONDENT<br />

SEASON 9<br />

I believe “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 9<br />

will be drag’s finest hour! All of the queens this season are over<br />

the top - not a dog in the bunch! Logo, and now VH1, have certainly<br />

brought it up a notch. Each of the queens is ultimately, majestic,<br />

brilliant, super creative, talented and extremely classy.<br />

This promises to be the most audacious and salacious seasons yet.<br />

I was impressed over and over again as I visited each queen separately,<br />

so much so that I can’t even begin to predict a winner, nor can I choose a<br />

favorite! The competition has got to be fierce, making it so I almost have<br />

sympathy for the judges, even guest judge Lady Gaga.<br />

I will truly be devastated upon each elimination.<br />

I considered myself beyond fortunate to have all of this<br />

season’s queens in one place at one time, just waiting to be interviewed.<br />

It doesn’t get much better than that! We spoke about every<br />

topic from tucking to sexual confusion and even beyond that.<br />

In the small time allotted for each queen, it was totally awesome<br />

to walk away feeling that I knew them well after just a short conversation.<br />

On behalf of the <strong>Get</strong> <strong>Out</strong>! team, I want to wish each<br />

and every queen the very best of luck, victory and triumph!<br />

The queens this season celebrate the very best drag has to offer,<br />

and win or lose they can all be awesomely proud of themselves.


<strong>Get</strong>ting to Know the Contestants!<br />

My celebration<br />

began with a short<br />

conversation from last<br />

season’s Thorgy Thor,<br />

the talented classical<br />

cellist from New York,<br />

who was playing<br />

interviewer/host for<br />

Logo and the new set of<br />

hopefuls.<br />

What is it like for you<br />

post “Drag Race”?<br />

Thorgy: That’s not a good<br />

question for me. It’s a<br />

good question for season<br />

four, because we had only<br />

one year.<br />

Did it change your life?<br />

Thorgy: I traveled a lot.<br />

I was always ready for<br />

that lifestyle. I had been<br />

performing for years and<br />

years and years before<br />

I was on the show. I tried<br />

to get on the show for<br />

eight fucking years. Eight<br />

years, girl! I auditioned<br />

every year. Then when I<br />

finally got on, I was like,<br />

“Great!” I was booked<br />

everywhere around the<br />

world, and I was saying,<br />

“Yeah, where’s my flight?”<br />

I was ready to go always,<br />

and I really like life on the<br />

road. You also have to like<br />

life on the road. You’re in<br />

a lot of planes, you never<br />

sleep, you always want<br />

to complain, but when<br />

somebody picks you up in<br />

the airport, you smile, and<br />

you say thank you, and<br />

where is the hotel so I can<br />

get an hour of sleep.<br />

Looking back, what is<br />

the most fun you had<br />

while on the show?<br />

Thorgy: Literally, I was<br />

just talking about this the<br />

other day. I enjoyed every<br />

second on that show. My<br />

favorite thing that I did<br />

was probably the street<br />

meet with Bob and Acid.<br />

We wanna bring back the<br />

street meets to New York.<br />

We wanna do a whole<br />

show. Would you buy a<br />

ticket? I’d buy a ticket!<br />

I would buy a ticket!<br />

All right, good to know.<br />

I then moved on to<br />

this season, beginning<br />

with Jaymes Mansfield,<br />

who came out in a pink,<br />

fluffy, “Where the Wild<br />

Things Are” costume<br />

and purse to match, all<br />

bubbly and effervescent.<br />

I need to know who<br />

created your costume.<br />

Jaymes: I created it. I<br />

create everything I wear. I<br />

wanted to wear an outfit<br />

that would get me sued.<br />

When you found out<br />

that you were on “Drag<br />

Race,” where were you,<br />

what were you doing<br />

and how did you feel?<br />

Jaymes: I was in a parking<br />

lot with my boyfriend, and<br />

I screamed. Basically, it<br />

took my breath away, and<br />

then I had to come back<br />

to reality and realize, oh<br />

fuck, now I have to sew<br />

stuff.<br />

Which judge do you fear<br />

the most?<br />

Jaymes: The judge<br />

I’m most scared of<br />

is probably, none of<br />

them. No, it’s RuPaul.<br />

Her opinion is the only<br />

thing that matters. It’s<br />

more important than our<br />

president’s.<br />

Well, anything is more<br />

important than our<br />

president’s. If you could<br />

say anything to your<br />

fans and followers,<br />

what would you say?<br />

Jaymes: Subscribe! Give<br />

me your money. I need<br />

it! And I love you. Mauh!<br />

You mean the world to<br />

me. Without you, I’m<br />

nothing!


Next I moved on to<br />

the classy, sparkly<br />

and creative Brooklyn<br />

queen Sasha Velour,<br />

who was adorned in an<br />

Asian-type fashion.<br />

You’re so beautiful<br />

in person. So you’re<br />

finally here. How are<br />

you feeling right now?<br />

Sasha: Thrilled. This has<br />

been such a long time<br />

coming. We’ve been<br />

waiting in anticipation.<br />

I’m just so excited to get<br />

started.<br />

Which judge is most<br />

intimidating to you?<br />

Sasha: Probably RuPaul,<br />

because we don’t<br />

necessarily get to hear<br />

her critiques. It’s hard to<br />

know exactly what she’s<br />

thinking, and of course<br />

she’s the one we want to<br />

impress the most. She’s<br />

our icon, our idol.<br />

Jaymesmans Field<br />

Who’s your biggest<br />

competition?<br />

Sasha: No one!<br />

That’s the best answer<br />

possible! Who do you<br />

have the most fun with<br />

on set?<br />

Sasha: There’s so many<br />

girls that I got really,<br />

really close to. Definitely<br />

all of the queens from<br />

New York. We formed<br />

a strong sisterhood,<br />

and not all of us had<br />

even met before. I<br />

never met Peppermint<br />

before I walked into<br />

the workroom. Even<br />

though we all represent<br />

such different aspects<br />

of drag in New York<br />

City, I think we all share<br />

certain ethics and<br />

determination, and that<br />

instantly bonds us.<br />

It seems to me that you<br />

really have it going on<br />

with fashion. Why do<br />

you think that is?<br />

Sasha: Actually, I’m not<br />

specifically interested<br />

in the fashion world.<br />

I love visual art. I take<br />

my references from<br />

history, from paintings,<br />

from the historical<br />

fashion movement, from<br />

film, and I think that<br />

sometimes allows me to<br />

break away from certain<br />

trends and do looks<br />

that are a little bit more<br />

exceptional.<br />

Well you are<br />

exceptional!<br />

Sasha: Thank you so<br />

much.<br />

Next up was a<br />

supremely charming<br />

queen, Trinity Taylor,<br />

wearing a glamorous,<br />

green, slinky, beaded,<br />

sexy gown that most<br />

of the other queens<br />

commented on...in a<br />

good way.<br />

How excited were you<br />

when you got that call?<br />

Trinity: Beyond excited!<br />

When they called me, I<br />

had their number saved<br />

in my phone. I was<br />

showing my roommate a<br />

picture, and as soon as<br />

I turn my phone around<br />

to show him the picture,<br />

it said “Drag Race” on<br />

it. We were all shocked!<br />

Where were you at the<br />

time?<br />

Trinity: When I first got<br />

the call I was driving<br />

down the road. I almost<br />

had a wreck.<br />

You’re from Florida?<br />

Trinity: I live in Florida<br />

now, but I’m originally<br />

from Birmingham,<br />

Alabama.<br />

What does it mean to<br />

you to do drag? Why<br />

do you do it?<br />

Trinity: I do drag<br />

because, when I was<br />

growing up, I was never<br />

good at anything. Or<br />

at least I thought. In<br />

high school I found art,<br />

drawing, sketching, and<br />

later on I found that I<br />

love to paint.<br />

Valentina


Aja<br />

When I first thought of<br />

drag, I thought drag was<br />

horrible. I wondered<br />

why anybody would<br />

ever do that. So I do<br />

drag because I love the<br />

art. I love the creative<br />

aspect of it. I create my<br />

own things. That’s why<br />

I love drag. It gives me<br />

an outlet that I wouldn’t<br />

normally have. It’s a way<br />

of being a celebrity. I<br />

don’t have a voice like<br />

Beyoncé, so I can’t be a<br />

singer, and this gives me<br />

my 10 minutes of fame.<br />

Which judge are you<br />

most scared of?<br />

Trinity: Michelle.<br />

Especially right now<br />

when I’m all in green.<br />

She hates green. She<br />

would read me if I came<br />

out like this.<br />

You look good in<br />

green.<br />

Trinity: Well thank you.<br />

I’m gonna tell her to<br />

go to hell! This dress<br />

was expensive. I usually<br />

make most of my stuff,<br />

but for this I had a<br />

designer out of Dallas<br />

named JD Martin. He<br />

actually designed it and<br />

made it for me. All I had<br />

to do was put it on.<br />

What is your drag<br />

specialty?<br />

Trinity: My specialty is<br />

my TUCK. I’m the best<br />

tuck in the business.<br />

You’re not going to get<br />

a better tuck. People<br />

say, “That is a vagina!”<br />

Who taught you how<br />

to tuck so well?<br />

Trinity: Myself! It’s<br />

origami in there.<br />

And if you have to go<br />

to the bathroom?<br />

Trinity: That’s like<br />

another whole sport in<br />

itself, trying to get into<br />

a bathroom when you’re<br />

taped. Have you ever<br />

been drunk, taken home<br />

a guy, and you’re trying<br />

to kiss each other, really<br />

drunk? Your clothes<br />

are coming off, and<br />

you can’t quite make it<br />

happen. That’s like trying<br />

to go to the bathroom<br />

when you’re taped.<br />

Tucking is important. No<br />

one wants to see all that.<br />

After my lesson in<br />

the art of tucking, I<br />

made it over to the<br />

beautifully feminine,<br />

sparkly glamorous<br />

Vegas queen, Farrah<br />

Moan, dressed as a<br />

pink Vegas showgirl,<br />

only prettier.<br />

Sasha<br />

Velour<br />

Shea<br />

Coulee<br />

What’s drag like in<br />

Vegas?<br />

Farrah: We have a very<br />

diverse drag scene. I just<br />

wanted to add a little<br />

sparkle and glamour to<br />

it.


What made you begin<br />

to do drag?<br />

Farrah: Honestly, I<br />

was always a little<br />

crossdresser. I mean,<br />

when I was two and three<br />

years old, I had a little<br />

red dress, and I actually<br />

still have it now. My<br />

grandparents used to<br />

hide it from me, and my<br />

mom would have to go<br />

find it and give it back. I<br />

always just loved women’s<br />

clothing and expressing<br />

myself and doing little<br />

shows in the living<br />

room. You go through<br />

that phase of public<br />

school where you start<br />

to suppress all that stuff,<br />

because everyone makes<br />

you wanna die for it.<br />

Then you actually realize<br />

as you’re finishing high<br />

school that there was a<br />

real life out there, a real<br />

world, that will accept you<br />

and love you for who you<br />

are. I could actually live<br />

out a dream<br />

Farrah<br />

Moan<br />

and not be crucified for<br />

it. That’s basically why<br />

I probably do drag, to<br />

express myself and have<br />

fun. Isn’t that what drag is<br />

all about?<br />

It is! It’s the most fun<br />

thing in life! Do the<br />

judges scare you, and<br />

which one does the<br />

most?<br />

Farrah: Carson Kressley<br />

is like a super fun jolly<br />

dude, but when he sits on<br />

the judging panel he can<br />

be a little intimidating.<br />

Surprisingly.<br />

Who do you think<br />

might be your biggest<br />

competition?<br />

Farrah: I hate to be<br />

cliché and say myself,<br />

but honestly my biggest<br />

competition is myself.<br />

I always second-guess<br />

myself. I’m always scared<br />

to go that extra step. I’ve<br />

come out of my shell a<br />

lot with this experience,<br />

which is proving to be<br />

great for my character<br />

development. Other than<br />

that, I have to say my<br />

biggest competition is<br />

either Aja or Valentina.<br />

We are really close,<br />

but they are both so<br />

sickening, like who’s<br />

going to be sparklier<br />

and prettier. You never<br />

know.<br />

What’s your drag<br />

specialty?<br />

Farrah: I like to make<br />

people question their<br />

sexuality. I like to press<br />

buttons and really<br />

confuse people.<br />

Have you made any lifelong<br />

friends?<br />

Farrah: I’ve made a lot<br />

of life-long friends. All of<br />

these girls are lifelong<br />

friends. Actually, on the<br />

Charlie<br />

Hides<br />

bus here, I was just<br />

looking at everyone, and<br />

I couldn’t believe that this<br />

is the most special thing<br />

in the entire world. I can’t<br />

believe I get to live this.<br />

Next I was very<br />

privileged to speak<br />

with London queen<br />

Charlie Hides, dressed<br />

as a Royal Guard. She<br />

spoke with an American<br />

accent, a Boston accent,<br />

a New York accent and<br />

finally a British accent,<br />

all the way through our<br />

heart to heart!<br />

Nina


Where’s your accent?<br />

Charlie: I’m in America,<br />

does it sound American?<br />

Yeah, it does.<br />

Charlie: Yeah it does,<br />

darling. All of a sudden<br />

I’m doing you now. I was<br />

born in Boston, so I can<br />

do Boston. Would you like<br />

to hear British, darling?<br />

How is it that a London<br />

girl managed to get on<br />

“Drag Race”?<br />

Charlie: I have three<br />

passports: an Irish one,<br />

an American one and<br />

a British one. So I’m<br />

basically the Jason Bourne<br />

of drag. They<br />

haven’t had that yet, and<br />

they also haven’t had<br />

somebody my age.<br />

How...<br />

Charlie: Were you<br />

going to say how old<br />

are you, how are you still<br />

breathing, how are you<br />

alive?<br />

No...who are you most<br />

scared of as far as judges<br />

go?<br />

Charlie: Michelle Visage.<br />

She’s like a velociraptor. I<br />

know she’s RuPaul’s best<br />

friend, but she’s scary. She<br />

makes my blood run cold.<br />

She gives me the heebiejeebies.<br />

Do people still<br />

get heebie-jeebies?<br />

I think they do. Will you<br />

be going back to London<br />

after this?<br />

Charlie: I’m here in the<br />

United States for three<br />

weeks, then I’m back to<br />

London for a couple of<br />

weeks, and then back<br />

to the United States.<br />

Now that the full<br />

“RuPaul’s Drag<br />

Race” has<br />

kicked in, I’ll<br />

be dividing<br />

my time<br />

three weeks<br />

to a month in the United<br />

States, and a week in<br />

London.<br />

What part of London do<br />

you live in? I’m there five<br />

or six times a year.<br />

Charlie: If I gave you my<br />

specific address, would<br />

you come for tea? I live in<br />

Hampstead. It was right<br />

near where James Oliver<br />

used to live. But he sold it,<br />

because I played my music<br />

too loud.<br />

What is your drag<br />

specialty?<br />

Charlie: I’m nothing. I’m<br />

not good at anything. I’m<br />

good at bribing judges<br />

to allow them to get me<br />

on the show. I don’t know<br />

who you have to sleep<br />

with, but I slept with a lot<br />

of people.<br />

Who did you like<br />

sleeping with the best?<br />

Charlie: Michelle, because<br />

she had the biggest dick.<br />

Huge! Massive!<br />

Why do you do drag?<br />

Charlie: Why? Why<br />

not? It’s creative selfexpression,<br />

and I can<br />

reinvent myself at the<br />

drop of a hat. If I want to<br />

reinvent myself tomorrow,<br />

I just change the outfit,<br />

change the look, change<br />

the attitude and just<br />

rewrite my own story. Life<br />

is too short to go through<br />

it as only one person. If<br />

I do drag, I could be as<br />

many different people as I<br />

want to be.<br />

What do you like about<br />

performing live?<br />

Charlie: The connection<br />

with the audience. I do<br />

YouTube videos all the<br />

time, and it’s kind of a<br />

lonely process.<br />

You are in a room by<br />

yourself talking to a<br />

Euroka<br />

O Hara<br />

camera.<br />

I like<br />

people.<br />

I like the<br />

sound<br />

of applause. I was five<br />

years old the first time I<br />

made an audience laugh.<br />

I heard that sound, and<br />

I was instantly addicted.<br />

I thought, that’s it, that’s<br />

what I’m going to do<br />

for the rest of my life. I<br />

already have been. I’m<br />

107. Do you know I’m<br />

the oldest “Drag Race”<br />

contestant<br />

ever? It’s<br />

true.<br />

Trinity<br />

Taylor


Alexis<br />

Michelle<br />

Well, you’re one of the<br />

prettiest.<br />

Charlie: Oh I’ve just been<br />

hit on. She’s perving<br />

over me right now. She’s<br />

getting moist. She’s<br />

wearing Wellington boots<br />

right now.<br />

If you could say anything<br />

to your fans and<br />

followers, what would it<br />

be?<br />

Charlie: Keep supporting<br />

me. Keep cheering for me.<br />

Do you remember in Peter<br />

Pan, if you applauded for<br />

Tinker Bell then she lives?<br />

If you applaud for me, I<br />

live.<br />

After recovering from<br />

Charlie, I moved on to<br />

a fabulous and brilliant<br />

queen, Eureka O’Hara,<br />

who I instantly fell in love<br />

with. Her hair was larger<br />

than life, as was her<br />

personality.<br />

You’re from Tennessee;<br />

where is your accent?<br />

Eureka: It just randomly<br />

comes out when I get<br />

excited. It’s really weird.<br />

My whole life I tried to<br />

be really pretentious and<br />

uppity, but it was all fake,<br />

so now it comes out when<br />

I get overly excited. It<br />

always comes out of my<br />

mouth when you least<br />

expect it.<br />

Who do you envy?<br />

Eureka: I don’t know if I<br />

envy anyone. I really don’t.<br />

Sometimes I envy smaller<br />

girls. I think that life is a<br />

little easier for them at<br />

times. Sex appeal is so<br />

huge in our society, and<br />

sometimes I’m not being<br />

considered sexualized. At<br />

the same time, it kind of<br />

makes me want to eat and<br />

gain more weight.<br />

Why do you do drag?<br />

Eureka: It’s important to<br />

me, because I think then<br />

I started doing drag, it<br />

saved my life first of all. I<br />

had actually a few very low<br />

moments in my life, where<br />

I would’ve taken my life.<br />

But the creative expression<br />

of drag saved my life. So<br />

I pushed myself to be an<br />

advocate and supporter<br />

of the community, and<br />

I’ve been able to help a<br />

lot of girls do the same.<br />

It has actually made<br />

such a difference in my<br />

community. It made me<br />

love myself, and I love<br />

drag because of the power<br />

and the influence of it.<br />

People see you as a local<br />

celebrity or a big celebrity<br />

and they want to emulate<br />

what you do. If you could<br />

be a good example by<br />

just being a good person,<br />

you see changes in people<br />

being good people. It<br />

makes you obsessed with<br />

that. I’m not God. I’m not<br />

a prophet. I’m just being a<br />

good person.<br />

So what made you<br />

actually start doing drag?<br />

Eureka: For me, I had a<br />

fake ID till I was 18, and<br />

we only had one gay bar<br />

in like a 50-mile radius.<br />

So when I turned 18, they<br />

wouldn’t take my other ID,<br />

because it had expired.<br />

They already knew me.<br />

So I decided that I was<br />

just going to go in drag. It<br />

worked. They didn’t know<br />

who I was.<br />

New York’s very beautiful<br />

and theatrical queen,<br />

Alexis Michelle, was<br />

my next candidate. She<br />

was wearing an extreme<br />

outfit, so over the top<br />

that it actually looked<br />

like she walked with<br />

her own table. I have<br />

personally interviewed<br />

her several times, but I<br />

had to go over and wish<br />

her good luck.<br />

What are you feeling<br />

right this minute?<br />

Alexis: Hungry. We ran<br />

out of food apparently.<br />

No, I’m so excited that<br />

this moment is happening.<br />

I mean, look around the<br />

room, these girls are<br />

incredible! Well, myself<br />

included.<br />

Who’s your biggest<br />

competition?<br />

Alexis: If you looked<br />

around the room,<br />

everyone is my biggest<br />

competition. This has to<br />

be the best premiere I’ve<br />

ever seen. I am<br />

literally<br />

gagging.<br />

Everyone<br />

looks<br />

amazing.<br />

I’ve never<br />

seen a<br />

gown<br />

like the<br />

one<br />

Trinity<br />

is<br />

wearing.<br />

Kimora<br />

Blac


Peppermint<br />

Stones on stones on<br />

stones. It’s stunning.<br />

I spoke to Brits<br />

yesterday, and she had<br />

such nice things to say<br />

about you.<br />

Alexis: I love her, my<br />

sister.<br />

Which judge are you<br />

most intimidated by?<br />

Alexis: I have always<br />

wanted to go in front<br />

of Michelle Visage.<br />

She means everything<br />

to me, but she’s a very<br />

intimidating judge. She<br />

takes no prisoners, so<br />

she’s the one I’m most<br />

nervous about.<br />

From there I found<br />

myself speaking to<br />

Kimora Blac, and she<br />

was fierce! What she<br />

wore was indescribable:<br />

sexy, over the top, and<br />

I’m still not sure what it<br />

was.<br />

What do you like best<br />

about this moment right<br />

now?<br />

Kimora: Being able to<br />

share this experience with<br />

my sisters. We worked so<br />

hard to be here. Doing<br />

drag is hard. We work for<br />

tips, from no tips to this.<br />

Being able to share this<br />

experience with my fans,<br />

and our fans, is amazing.<br />

What does drag mean to<br />

you personally?<br />

Kimora: I want it to be<br />

OK to be able to do the<br />

creative side. I want it<br />

to be OK to open up<br />

yourself, and create your<br />

drag, and live your life. I<br />

want people to get to do<br />

that.<br />

Which judge do you fear<br />

the most?<br />

Kimora: I’m very nervous<br />

about Carson. He’s a tricky<br />

one, because you never<br />

know what he likes.<br />

Did you make a lot of<br />

friends?<br />

Kimora: I did. Trinity<br />

is probably my best<br />

girlfriend. Two bitchy<br />

queens. We clicked<br />

immediately.<br />

If you win, what are you<br />

going to do with that<br />

money?<br />

Kimora: Buy more drag<br />

stuff and share it with the<br />

guys.<br />

What do you do when<br />

you have to go to the<br />

bathroom?<br />

Kimora: I don’t go to the<br />

bathroom. I mean, I dream<br />

about it, but I don’t go.<br />

What advice would you<br />

give your younger self?<br />

Kimora: Listen to your<br />

drag mom.<br />

Do you have a drag<br />

mom?<br />

Kimora: I do. My drag<br />

mom is Coco Montrese.<br />

She trains me. She’s my<br />

biggest mom. Without her<br />

I wouldn’t be where I am<br />

today.<br />

What were you doing<br />

when you got the call?<br />

Kimora: I was watching<br />

“Sex in the City” with my<br />

two dogs. As soon as they<br />

said it, I screamed, and my<br />

dogs freaked out.<br />

Did you try out before?<br />

Kimora: I did, three times.<br />

I knew this is exactly what I<br />

wanted to do.<br />

Unfortunately time<br />

was running out so I<br />

didn’t get to speak to<br />

everyone, but I just had<br />

to get in a final question<br />

to Peppermint, one of<br />

my favorite New York<br />

queens.<br />

How do you feel right<br />

now?<br />

Peppermint: I feel ready!<br />

I’m excited! We’ve been<br />

waiting for so long. We’ve<br />

been holding on to this<br />

forever, and I’m so happy<br />

that we finally get to<br />

talk about it. I’m super<br />

excited.<br />

RuPaul’s Drag<br />

Race season 9<br />

airs, Friday’s 8pm<br />

Starting <strong>March</strong> 24th<br />

on VH 1<br />

RuPaul


week in pictures >> BY WILSONMODELS / wilsonmodels.blogspot.com<br />

RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE SEASON 9 @ PLAYSTATION THEATRE


WATCH RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE - FRIDAY'S 8 PM ON VH1


BY IAN-MICHAEL BERGERON<br />

@ianmichaelinwonderland<br />

For the first time in my<br />

life, I was on time for an<br />

event.<br />

Mostly, I think I was just<br />

worried that I wouldn’t<br />

be able to get into the<br />

“RuPaul’s Drag Race”<br />

Season 9 Premiere Party.<br />

There was some confusion<br />

earlier in the day about<br />

whose name was on the<br />

list, and sure enough mine<br />

wasn’t. A quick email later,<br />

the coordinators put a<br />

hot pink wristband on my<br />

boyfriend and me and<br />

ushered us inside.<br />

We followed throngs<br />

of people into the<br />

Playstation Theater, but<br />

a man in a SECURITY<br />

t-shirt stopped us. “Pink<br />

wristbands go this way,”<br />

he said, indicating toward<br />

an empty hallway to our<br />

left. We obeyed, and<br />

another security man let<br />

us into the theater.<br />

We realized, immediately,<br />

that we were in the VIP<br />

section. (I was glad I<br />

bought a new pair of silk<br />

pants from Theory for the<br />

occasion.) We went over<br />

to the drinks table for<br />

something to<br />

VIP Queens<br />

start with, but when we<br />

went to pay, the bartender<br />

smiled: “Oh, nope, pink<br />

wristbands are open<br />

bar.” We tipped extra<br />

and searched for a table<br />

with the best view of the<br />

screen; I asked a blonde<br />

man if the seats next to<br />

him were taken.<br />

“No, darling!” he<br />

exclaimed, turning<br />

around. “Please, sit with<br />

us!” I recognized him<br />

immediately: infamous<br />

club kid Richie Rich, all<br />

done up with beautiful<br />

eyeshadow and sequins<br />

galore.<br />

We left our coats as seat<br />

savers and wandered the<br />

room. I made a beeline<br />

for James Michael<br />

Nichols, deputy editor<br />

for Queer Voices at The<br />

Huffington Post, and Noah<br />

Michelson, the editorial<br />

director for HuffPost<br />

Voices.<br />

“Ian-Michael,” my<br />

boyfriend whispered<br />

as I started my second<br />

drink, “that’s Mrs. Kasha<br />

Davis!” I ran over to<br />

her, pretending we were<br />

familiar. “Hi!” I sang,<br />

“it’s so good to see you!<br />

Love your earrings. Have<br />

you met my boyfriend,<br />

Adam?” He was<br />

enamored, even more<br />

so when she responded<br />

to his tweet about how<br />

delightful she was.<br />

After Richie Rich<br />

introduced me to Drew<br />

Elliott, the creative<br />

director of Paper<br />

magazine and judge on<br />

“America’s Next Top<br />

Model,” and “Top Model”<br />

finalist India (who, I<br />

found out when watching<br />

the finale the following<br />

evening, won), they<br />

introduced the queens.<br />

Alexis Michelle, a favorite<br />

of mine I first saw singing<br />

live at Boots and Saddle,<br />

stunned in a white dress<br />

that I can only describe<br />

as upside-down, creating<br />

a table top around<br />

her waist, with vibrant<br />

lavender hair. Completing<br />

the pastel fantasy were<br />

queens Farrah Moan, her<br />

cotton-candy-colored<br />

hair matching a gorgeous<br />

feather ensemble, and<br />

Brooklyn’s own Aja, with<br />

powder blue hair to match<br />

her shoes. (Her dress was<br />

made completely from<br />

clear PVC.)<br />

Before showing the first<br />

episode, RuPaul HERSELF<br />

showed up to introduce<br />

the new season. Wearing<br />

those signature glasses<br />

and a plaid suit jacket,<br />

he announced that Lady<br />

Gaga would be in the first<br />

episode, joking, “We tried<br />

to get Lady Bunny, but she<br />

turned us down.” Lady<br />

Bunny, who was DJing the<br />

event, just laughed—and<br />

laughed harder when<br />

RuPaul called out, “You<br />

are a whore!” RuPaul<br />

talked about his original


talk show, which aired<br />

on VH1, “RuPaul’s Drag<br />

Race’s” new home.<br />

“I’m coming home,” he<br />

smiled.<br />

Of course, the episode<br />

was gag-worthy (I’m only<br />

a little embarrassed<br />

that I use this term,<br />

but I really only use it<br />

when watching “Drag<br />

Race”), but I was most<br />

excited to see the<br />

girls’ performances<br />

afterward.<br />

Eureka O’Hara<br />

blew me away lipsyncing<br />

to the “Milk Milk<br />

Lemonade” skit by Amy<br />

Schumer in a pink sequin<br />

leotard, and I lost it when<br />

Peppermint came out IN<br />

a giant plastic ball. Nina<br />

Bo’Nina Brown had the<br />

most impressive (if the<br />

strangest) face, done up<br />

in monkey prosthetics,<br />

and bringing the<br />

strangest performance<br />

was Sasha Velour with an<br />

avant-garde piece. But it<br />

was Alexis Michelle who<br />

really stole the<br />

show, singing “All That<br />

Jazz” live, complete with<br />

backup dancers.<br />

As the night ended, I<br />

realized the girls this<br />

season are killing it, and<br />

I have no idea who my<br />

favorites are. Or maybe<br />

I just drank too much at<br />

the open bar to sort it<br />

out in my head. Whatever<br />

the case, you’ll be able<br />

to find me every Friday,<br />

dressed up in some gay<br />

bar, watching the new<br />

season with glee.


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BY ALEXANDER KACALA<br />

A WELCOMED<br />

CHANGE COMES<br />

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Facundo Rodriguez is part of the team establishing a new force in<br />

the heart of Manhattan. At the same spot as the former G Lounge,<br />

REBAR promises to be a new destination for men in gay nightlife.<br />

Before they re-open this April, we had the opportunity to chat with<br />

the dashing Rodriguez about his love for New York, how he stays<br />

so fit and what people can expect from REBAR.<br />

How long have you been in New York<br />

City and why did you move here?<br />

I came to New York City in 2001 from<br />

Argentina. I lived here for a while then<br />

moved to Miami for five years before I<br />

moved back in 2007.<br />

I fell in love with the city right away and I<br />

moved back to pursue my acting career.<br />

Also I think NYC is one of the most<br />

exciting and beautiful cities in the world.<br />

What is your favorite thing about the<br />

gay community in New York City?<br />

Gay life in New York City is wonderful.<br />

We can still live an amazing life<br />

without being judged by others even<br />

though it still happens in others states,<br />

unfortunately. The gay community is very<br />

united here and we stick together when<br />

it is necessary to fight for our rights.<br />

That’s what makes it so great.<br />

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on iOS, Android and the web.


They all have great personalities and<br />

they are all expert bartenders who<br />

will serve up delicious drinks from<br />

our specialty menu. You’ll want to<br />

come visit on a daily basis.​We think<br />

it will be a welcome​d change in the<br />

neighborhood.<br />

How will it differ from the former G<br />

Lounge?<br />

G Lounge closed in December, 2016.<br />

REBAR ​is an entirely new bar. It’s a new<br />

concept, with a completely redone<br />

interior, new owners and staff. The<br />

only things that remains is the address.<br />

Facundo Rodriguez is the last of six<br />

New York profiles we’re featuring<br />

of people who can be found on the<br />

world’s premier gay social network,<br />

Hornet.<br />

How do you stay in such great<br />

shape?<br />

Gym is a part of my life, I started since<br />

I was 17. I enjoy it and but I also love<br />

cookies and ice cream so I try to keep<br />

a balance between the two.<br />

What do you like about gay social<br />

networking app Hornet?<br />

Hornet is different than the other<br />

sites because it offers interesting<br />

gay editorial con​tent​in addition to<br />

cruising sexy men.<br />

Tell our readers what they can<br />

expect from the new REBAR.<br />

We’re recreating the neighborhood<br />

bar where the focus is on personal<br />

interaction​.​We’re taking away all<br />

the distractions: no TVs, no shows,<br />

no go-gos and focusing on our staff<br />

as the entertainment. ​They are all ​<br />

eclectic, something sexy for everyone.


week in pictures >> BY WILSONMODELS / wilsonmodels.blogspot.com<br />

IMPERIAL COURT OF NY - NIGHT OF A THOUSAND GOWNS

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