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BY IAN-MICHAEL BERGERON<br />

@ianmichaelinwonderland<br />

ALONE AGAIN, NATURALLY<br />

A month out of my last<br />

relationship, I still hadn’t had<br />

sex.<br />

I didn’t feel sad anymore,<br />

just a little empty. It takes<br />

a lot to readjust: going<br />

straight home after work<br />

every day, sleeping alone<br />

every night. I still sleep on<br />

one side of the bed, as if<br />

I’m waiting for someone to<br />

come in late and lay next to<br />

me, to kiss my head even<br />

though they think I’m asleep.<br />

(I don’t recommend listening<br />

to Gilbert O’Sullivan when<br />

you feel this way.)<br />

Downloading Grindr again<br />

was weird: After two years, it<br />

seemed like an entirely new<br />

app. It took me a while to<br />

figure out how to swipe, see<br />

stats, update my own... It<br />

made me feel old.<br />

Feeling empty and old,<br />

there was only one thing to<br />

do: have some friends over<br />

and drink. And so I did; and<br />

so we did. I started with<br />

a glass of merlot, quickly<br />

switching to coconut rum<br />

and pineapple juice. Around<br />

midnight, the party wound<br />

down and everyone went<br />

home—so I went out to The<br />

Ritz.<br />

A couple more drinks and<br />

something resembling<br />

dancing later, I ran into an<br />

old friend I hadn’t seen<br />

in a long time. “I read<br />

about your breakup in the<br />

column!” he yelled at me on<br />

the dance floor. “I’m sorry to<br />

hear that!”<br />

I couldn’t think of what to<br />

say in response, so instead, I<br />

kissed him, hard. Before the<br />

next song started, we were<br />

in a cab back uptown to my<br />

apartment.<br />

I’m not proud of anything<br />

that happened next: We<br />

walked into my room,<br />

clothes thrown all over.<br />

My cats knocked over the<br />

remainder of someone’s<br />

drink from the party, creating<br />

a sticky spot that we both<br />

stepped in.<br />

I’d become one of the<br />

nightmare hookups that I<br />

write about every week. But<br />

wait, it gets better.<br />

After I insisted he give me<br />

a 30-minute massage, I<br />

reached under my bed for a<br />

condom. Rolling it on him,<br />

he said, “Are you sure you<br />

want to do this? We really<br />

don’t have to.” To which I<br />

said, “Shut up,” and pulled<br />

him inside of me.<br />

OK, I was really, really drunk,<br />

and I hadn’t had sex in a<br />

VERY long time—much<br />

longer than just the month<br />

since the breakup. And<br />

those are my excuses for<br />

what happened next.<br />

I pulled him inside of me, he<br />

thrusted twice—and I came.<br />

Just like that. In an instant.<br />

“Fuck,” I mumbled.<br />

“What’s wrong? Do you want<br />

me to stop?”<br />

“I already came. This is so<br />

embarrassing.”<br />

“Don’t be embarrassed.” He<br />

paused, then repeated, “Do<br />

you want me to stop?”<br />

“Obviously,” I rolled my<br />

eyes, pulling him out.<br />

“Seriously, don’t be<br />

embarrassed. If anything,<br />

I take it as a compliment.”<br />

He cuddled up to me, and<br />

I realized he planned to<br />

spend the night. But when I<br />

woke up, hungover, he was<br />

gone.<br />

And there I was, sleeping on<br />

one side of the bed, alone<br />

again.<br />

PHOTO BY STEVE BRENNAN


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BY MYLO WHALEN<br />

GIRL NEXT DOOR<br />

THALIA ALMODOVAR MAKES UP VH1 BEAUTY BAR<br />

Thalia Almodovar has led a private life until now.<br />

PHOTO BY VH1 BEAUTY BAR<br />

That all changed last month when VH1 released the first trailer of VH1<br />

Beauty Bar, the sexy new reality show that follows an eclectic group<br />

of hairstylists and makeup artists from the Inwood, Manhattan beauty<br />

salon, House of Dolls by Henry. “Our show combines people from<br />

different religions, races, and sexual orientations for a full on display<br />

of drama and glamour that is packed with surprises,” explains the<br />

transgender make-up artist.<br />

Thalia says the reason VH1 decided to make a show from their<br />

salon is that they are all straight-up fierce. “We give our clients an<br />

experience no other salon in the city can and we party while doing it.<br />

It doesn’t get better than that.”<br />

She gives props to all her co-workers. “We’re all talented but<br />

honestly, no one at House of Dolls by Henry defines Inwood as much<br />

as I do. I am the queen of this town,” she declares.


People have always told me I was meant<br />

for TV. When I was little, I wanted to be<br />

an actress. I never thought I would start<br />

off in reality TV.<br />

Why did you decide to do the show?<br />

It’s about Inwood and even though I don’t<br />

live in Inwood, it’s been my playground<br />

for years.<br />

Do you worry that you come off as the<br />

villain?<br />

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me every name in the book. I’m not a<br />

hundred dollar bill. Not everyone’s going<br />

to like me but I know a lot of people that<br />

love, respect and support who I am and<br />

for that, I’m grateful.<br />

How do you really feel about<br />

comparisons to Kim Kardashian?<br />

It’s an honor because Kim’s a beautiful<br />

woman but everyone needs to know, I’m<br />

not living in someone else’s shadow. I am<br />

my own person.<br />

How is your new found fame treating<br />

you?<br />

Have you gotten any marriage<br />

proposals?<br />

(Laughing) I have gotten a lot of DM’s<br />

and yes, a few love proposals. I’m in a<br />

relationship with an amazing guy so I’m<br />

off the market. It’s nice when people<br />

recognize me in the street, though.<br />

What do you want people to know<br />

about the real Thalia Almodovar?<br />

I’m more than beauty and glam. Beauty<br />

fades and I hurt and get depressed just<br />

like any other human being. I pray. I<br />

love my family. At the end of the day,<br />

everyone just wants to be loved and<br />

that’s what I hope for, too.<br />

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PHOTOS BY<br />

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KJAMAAL PHOTOGRAPHY


What is TRUVADA for PrEP?<br />

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

is a prescription medicine that is used together<br />

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

of getting HIV-1 through sex. This use is only for<br />

HIV-negative adults who are at high risk of getting<br />

HIV-1. To help determine your risk of getting HIV-1,<br />

talk openly with your healthcare provider about<br />

your sexual health.<br />

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

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

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

of sexual contact with body fl uids. Never reuse or<br />

share needles or other items that have body fl uids<br />

on them.<br />

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION<br />

What is the most important information I<br />

should know about TRUVADA for PrEP?<br />

Before taking TRUVADA for PrEP:<br />

® You must be HIV-negative before you start<br />

taking TRUVADA for PrEP. You must get<br />

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

have HIV-1. Do not take TRUVADA to reduce the<br />

risk of getting HIV-1 unless you are confi rmed<br />

to be HIV-negative.<br />

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

in a person who has recently become<br />

infected. If you have fl u-like symptoms, you<br />

could have recently become infected with<br />

HIV-1. Tell your healthcare provider if you had<br />

a fl u-like illness within the last month before<br />

starting 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:<br />

® You must continue to use safer sex<br />

practices. Just taking TRUVADA for PrEP<br />

may not keep you from getting HIV-1.<br />

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

TRUVADA for PrEP:<br />

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

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

your healthcare provider right away.<br />

® To further help reduce your risk of getting<br />

HIV-1:<br />

® Know your HIV status and the HIV status of<br />

your partners.<br />

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

infections. Other infections make it easier<br />

for HIV to infect you.<br />

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

risky sexual behavior, such as having fewer<br />

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

more medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat<br />

HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not a complete<br />

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

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

treat over time.<br />

TRUVADA can cause serious side effects:<br />

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

TRUVADA is not approved to treat HBV. If you have<br />

HBV and stop taking TRUVADA, your HBV may<br />

suddenly get worse. Do not stop taking TRUVADA<br />

without fi rst talking to your healthcare provider,<br />

as they will need to monitor your health.<br />

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

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

® Already have HIV-1 infection or if you do<br />

not know your HIV-1 status. If you are HIV-1<br />

positive, you need to take other medicines with<br />

TRUVADA to treat HIV-1. TRUVADA by itself is not<br />

a complete treatment for HIV-1. If you have HIV-1<br />

and take only TRUVADA, your HIV-1 may become<br />

harder to treat over time.<br />

® Also take certain medicines to treat hepatitis B<br />

infection.<br />

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

TRUVADA for PrEP?<br />

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

® 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. If you develop kidney problems,<br />

your healthcare provider may tell you to stop<br />

taking TRUVADA.<br />

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

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

emergency that can lead to death. Tell your<br />

healthcare provider right away if you get these<br />

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

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

or fast breathing, stomach pain with nausea and<br />

vomiting, cold or blue hands and feet, feel dizzy or<br />

lightheaded, or a fast or abnormal heartbeat.<br />

® Severe liver problems, which in rare cases can<br />

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

away if you get these symptoms: skin or the white<br />

part of your eyes turns yellow, dark “tea-colored”<br />

urine, light-colored stools, loss of appetite for<br />

several days or longer, nausea, or stomach-area<br />

pain.<br />

Please see Important Facts about TRUVADA for PrEP including important warnings on the following pages.


We’re adventurous,<br />

not reckless.<br />

We know who we are. And we make choices that fit our lives.<br />

TRUVADA for PrEP is a once-daily prescription medicine that can<br />

help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 when taken every day and used<br />

together with safer sex practices.<br />

® TRUVADA for PrEP is only for adults who are at high risk of getting HIV<br />

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<br />

TRUVADA for PrEP may be right for you.<br />

® Bone problems, including bone pain,<br />

softening, or thinning, which may lead to<br />

fractures. Your healthcare provider may do<br />

tests to check your bones.<br />

Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA<br />

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

headache, and decreased weight. Tell your<br />

healthcare provider if you have any side effects<br />

that bother you or do not go away.<br />

What should I tell my healthcare provider<br />

before taking TRUVADA for PrEP?<br />

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

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

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

hepatitis.<br />

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

pregnant. It is not known if TRUVADA can<br />

harm your unborn baby. If you become<br />

pregnant while taking TRUVADA for PrEP, talk<br />

to your healthcare provider to decide if you<br />

should keep taking TRUVADA.<br />

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

breastfeed. Do not breastfeed. If you become<br />

HIV-positive, HIV can be passed to the baby in<br />

breast milk.<br />

® All the medicines you take, including<br />

prescription and over-the-counter medicines,<br />

vitamins, and herbal supplements. TRUVADA may<br />

interact with other medicines. Keep a list of all<br />

your medicines and show it to your healthcare<br />

provider and pharmacist when you get a new<br />

medicine.<br />

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

TRUVADA, your healthcare provider may need to<br />

check you more often or change your dose. These<br />

medicines include certain medicines to treat<br />

hepatitis C (HCV) infection.<br />

You are encouraged to report negative side<br />

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

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

or call 1-800-FDA-1088.<br />

Learn more at truvada.com


(tru-VAH-dah)<br />

IMPORTANT FACTS<br />

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

about taking TRUVADA for PrEP TM (pre-exposure<br />

prophylaxis) to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1<br />

infection. This does not replace talking to your<br />

healthcare provider about your medicine.<br />

MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT TRUVADA FOR PrEP<br />

Before starting TRUVADA for PrEP:<br />

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

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

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

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

confi rmed to 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 fl u-like<br />

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

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

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

neck or groin. Tell your healthcare provider if you<br />

have had a fl u-like illness within the last month<br />

before starting TRUVADA for PrEP.<br />

While taking TRUVADA for PrEP:<br />

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

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

you from getting HIV-1.<br />

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

TRUVADA for PrEP. <strong>Get</strong> tested for HIV-1 at least<br />

every 3 months while taking TRUVADA for PrEP.<br />

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

think you were exposed to HIV-1 or have a fl u-like<br />

illness while taking TRUVADA for PrEP.<br />

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

more medicine than TRUVADA alone to treat<br />

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

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

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

section for more information.<br />

w<br />

TRUVADA may cause serious side effects,<br />

including:<br />

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

TRUVADA is not approved to treat HBV. If you<br />

have HBV, your HBV may suddenly get worse if<br />

you stop taking TRUVADA. Do not stop taking<br />

TRUVADA without fi rst talking to your healthcare<br />

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

regularly for several months.<br />

ABOUT TRUVADA FOR PrEP<br />

TRUVADA for PrEP is a prescription medicine<br />

used together with safer sex practices to help<br />

reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 through sex. This<br />

use is only for HIV-negative adults who are at<br />

high risk of getting HIV-1.<br />

• To help determine your risk of getting HIV-1, talk<br />

openly with your healthcare provider about your<br />

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 certain medicines to treat hepatitis B<br />

infection.<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<br />

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

• Use TRUVADA for PrEP together with condoms<br />

and safer sex practices.<br />

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

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

for PrEP.


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 />

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

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

emergency that can lead to death. Tell your<br />

healthcare provider right away if you get these<br />

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

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

breath or fast breathing, stomach pain with<br />

nausea and vomiting, cold or blue hands and<br />

feet, feel dizzy or lightheaded, or a fast or<br />

abnormal heartbeat.<br />

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

lead to death. Tell your healthcare provider<br />

right away if you get these symptoms: skin or<br />

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, or<br />

stomach-area pain.<br />

• Bone problems.<br />

Common side effects in people taking TRUVADA<br />

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

headache, and decreased weight.<br />

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

TRUVADA. Tell your healthcare provider right<br />

away if you have any new symptoms while taking<br />

TRUVADA for PrEP.<br />

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

to monitor your health before and during<br />

treatment 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<br />

problems, including hepatitis.<br />

• Have any other medical conditions.<br />

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

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

Do not breastfeed. If you become HIV-positive,<br />

HIV can pass to the baby in breast milk.<br />

Tell your healthcare provider about all the<br />

medicines you take:<br />

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

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

herbal supplements, and show it to your<br />

healthcare provider 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 FURTHER REDUCE YOUR RISK<br />

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

of your partners.<br />

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

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

HIV to infect you.<br />

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

risky sexual behavior, such as having fewer sex<br />

partners.<br />

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

have blood or body fl uids on them.<br />

GET MORE INFORMATION<br />

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

information about TRUVADA for PrEP. Talk to your<br />

healthcare provider or pharmacist to learn more,<br />

including how to prevent HIV infection.<br />

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

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

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BY MICHAEL COOK<br />

THE NAME ON EVERYBODY’S LIPS<br />

CONTINUES TO BE<br />

PATTAYA HART<br />

New York City’s Pattaya Hart is in<br />

a class of her own. From polished<br />

Broadway style performances to<br />

international trips to Asia to teach,<br />

Pattaya has somehow found the<br />

time to snatch the crown of Miss’d<br />

America as well as compete for the<br />

Miss Continental title! In between<br />

dance classes and gigs, Pattaya sat<br />

down with me to talk about her path<br />

to the Continental stage, what it<br />

was like hitting the stage with Katy<br />

Perry on “Saturday Night Live” and<br />

how her Broadway sensibilities have<br />

shaped her career.<br />

For those that have never<br />

seen Pattaya Hart on<br />

stage, how would you<br />

describe your performance<br />

style, and drag as a<br />

whole?<br />

Pattaya is a fun, ditzy, Asian<br />

glamazon. Pattaya is a<br />

showgirl, dancing diva and<br />

a pageant queen who loves<br />

fashion, pop culture and<br />

Broadway.<br />

You are known to perform<br />

quintessential Broadway<br />

numbers with razor sharp<br />

choreography. How do you<br />

choose your material? Any<br />

favorites that really stand<br />

out?<br />

I’ve been a fan of Hollywood<br />

classics and Broadway<br />

musicals since I was young.<br />

Every time that I have<br />

to come up with a big<br />

performance number, I<br />

would think of what I, as<br />

an audience, would want<br />

to see Pattaya recreate<br />

and bring it to life (with a<br />

hint of drag/fantasy). I’m<br />

also a huge fan of Bob<br />

Fosse and Chita Rivera,<br />

so many of my successful<br />

performance numbers have<br />

drawn inspiration from those<br />

people. “All That Jazz” is my<br />

all-time favorite number to<br />

perform and choreograph.<br />

This performance has won<br />

best talent at the nationals<br />

of the Miss Continental<br />

2017 Pageant, Miss Liberty<br />

Continental 2017 pageant<br />

and Miss’d America <strong>2018</strong><br />

pageant.<br />

How did Pattaya Hart get<br />

her start in the extremely<br />

competitive New York City<br />

drag scene?<br />

Pattaya got her start from<br />

competing at several drag<br />

amateur nights, back in June<br />

2012. One night a bunch of<br />

girls that were working at<br />

the infamous Lucky Cheng’s<br />

stopped by the show after<br />

their shifts and saw my<br />

performance. Then I got<br />

recruited to come audition<br />

and join the Lucky Cheng’s<br />

family (in October 2012).<br />

That was where I got to<br />

work and learned a crashcourse<br />

of drag from so<br />

many wonderful, talented<br />

and experienced drag<br />

performers who nowadays<br />

have gone on TV and<br />

traveled the world.


It’s so hard to stand out in New York City<br />

and in drag. How have you carved out<br />

your own niche?<br />

It’s great to know your own strength and<br />

make that shine. In my case, I always want<br />

to be pretty, because when I go see drag<br />

shows, I notice the audience cuts more slack<br />

for the pretty ones. [laughs] So I aimed to<br />

become a pretty and polished queen first,<br />

then adding a great sense of fashion and<br />

top it off with fierce stylized dancing, then<br />

that’s my signature formula for Pattaya Hart.<br />

My shows and performances cater to an<br />

audience with wide range of musical theater,<br />

old school classics and commercial.<br />

What are some of your career highlights<br />

so far?<br />

2017 was one of the best years for Pattaya<br />

Hart’s career. <strong>Get</strong>ting to perform on national<br />

TV with Katy Perry (“Saturday Night Live”<br />

on NBC) will always be one of the top gigs<br />

I ever had. Winning the crown and title of<br />

Miss’d America <strong>2018</strong>, the pageant system<br />

where I first got my start in pageantry back<br />

in 2015. Making it to top five on my first<br />

year at nationals of the prestigious Miss<br />

Continental 2017 pageant in Chicago. These<br />

three have been the best highlights of<br />

Pattaya Hart’s career. And this past February<br />

<strong>2018</strong>, Pattaya was booked to teach dance<br />

classes in Tokyo, Japan, for two whole weeks<br />

at Broadway Dance Center Tokyo (Theater<br />

Jazz and Drag Queen Heel Classes). It was<br />

my first international teaching gig, and the<br />

first time in Japan for me. And on top of<br />

that I had the privilege of performing at the<br />

famous FancyHim party in Tokyo while I was<br />

there. I had a blast in Japan and I’m looking<br />

forward to going back there again.<br />

What is<br />

left that<br />

you want<br />

to achieve<br />

as Pattaya<br />

Hart? Any<br />

aspirations<br />

to be on<br />

“RuPaul’s<br />

Drag Race”<br />

perhaps?<br />

At the<br />

moment, my<br />

focus and<br />

aspiration<br />

for Pattaya<br />

this year is<br />

to win the<br />

crown and title of Miss Continental <strong>2018</strong><br />

in September, as I am already qualified for<br />

nationals as the Miss Southern California<br />

Continental representative. I would also<br />

love to travel more, to teach, to dance or<br />

to perform, and eventually hope to be on<br />

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” one day. So until then,<br />

I will keep learning, growing and perfecting<br />

my crafts.<br />

Speaking of “Drag Race,” several NYC<br />

girls have won. How do you think the<br />

show as a whole has been for the drag<br />

community?<br />

The show has clearly opened so many doors<br />

of opportunities for people who do and<br />

people who want to get into drag. It makes<br />

drag become an easier access in a wider<br />

range and platform. That being said, we<br />

should also support local drag performers<br />

and community.<br />

You are part of a great group of ladies<br />

who are bringing a fresh and new<br />

perspective to drag in New York City.<br />

Who are some of your favorite sisters to<br />

perform with and why?<br />

There are so many wonderful queens<br />

of New York City that I look up to and<br />

have had the pleasure of working with<br />

throughout my career. Working and<br />

learning from them brings joy to my days/<br />

nights. Performing in the show QUEEN at<br />

Industry Bar has been one of the most fun<br />

and challenging weekly gigs of mine. The<br />

same goes for my weekly Sunday Drag<br />

Brunch at the Highline Ballroom.<br />

Visit us on getoutmag.com to<br />

read the full interview.<br />

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