You                    Celebrating 6
Years of

Civil Right

Gracias|Thank You                    
OCTOBER | 2017

By Herb Sosa

It is refreshing to meet a young man with so much talent, humor, &
light hearted approach to life..and also some seriously deep
thoughts & ideas about the world around us. Add to that a humble
and giving soul. Smear on some grease paint, add a moo-moo
and some
croquetas and give him a mic, and Ladies and Gents -

When did you first do drag?
Hmmm… When you say “drag”… what exactly do you mean? I’ve
been putting stockings on my head or a towel turban on since
I was a little kid, screaming out Rocio Jurado or Gloria Trevi or
Angela Lansbury or Donna Summer songs… But in all honesty,
I’ve been doing drag (if you can call what I do drag) for about 2
years now. I decided one off day to put on a dress, go tell a joke,
and lip sync a song at Azucar and the rest… well it’s history…

How would you describe your esthetic?
I’m your old soltera (spinster) Aunt Esther (Tia Tota) in the body
of a man. An older, glamourous, clown woman. The love child of
Joan Rivers and Krusty the Clown. With a splash of Lucille Ball
and Phyllis Diller. I live for a good jab, and like most older
(aunts) I live to lovingly criticize… I mean what good is a party
without that old busybody to criticize every single thing?
My drag esthetic is complicated. I’m by nature a comedy queen,
but artistically I see the work of Leigh Bowery and avant-garde
performance artists as a huge inspiration. Club kid aesthetics,
“fish” drag, there is such a wide range of influences that my drag
comes from… But basically I’m a clown. A lady clown. A lady art

Where does Jonathan end and Ann Atomic begin?
When my penis holds up my hair, that’s when Jonathan ends.
You know why drag queens are so cunty? Imagine pulling your
man meat up, through your legs, between your butt cheeks,
taped to your back, and holding up your wig! You’d be a bitter
betty too!

What is the difference between Pageant Drag, and what you do?
Drag pageantry is a highly developed form of pageantry for female
impersonators and trans women, styled after traditional beauty           
 Photo: Radskillz, Styling: Edwin Hernandez-Mojica & Orestes De La Paz
pageants or beauty contests for cis-gender women.

SOOOOO… earlier this year I entered my first pageant, the Miss Miami Beach Gay Pride Pageant… Now to be honest, I lost…
COMPLETELY. BUT, I did learn a lot. Pageant drag is ultimately about selling the illusion of female impersonation… I am NOT, by
any means, a female impersonator. I am a drag queen, a larger than life personality. To quote Wesley Snipes in “To Wong Foo,
Thanks for everything! Julie Newmar” “When a gay man has WAAAAAY too much fashion sense for one gender, he is, a DRAG QUEEN!”
I think that there is a huge difference between being a drag queen and a female impersonator. I think that Pageantry is an amazing
art form, with a lot of work and dedication and investment attached to it. The amount of work those girls put into what they do is
breathtaking and inspiring. But it’s not really what I do. I ultimately don’t aspire to be a convincing woman. I am ultimately a clown in a
dress. I aspire to be unassuming, to be funny, to be just pretty enough to make people gawk and at ease but also to clearly delineate that
I am a man in a dress, just poking fun at the bottled up world around me.

Is there a Drag World in South Florida? How is it unique?
Oh there is definitely a Drag World in South Florida. A long time ago, I thought drag down here was very homogeneous. I saw a lot of
the same things no matter where I went. To some degree, it’s still like that. But you look at the bastions of gay culture down here in Miami
and the Beaches: the Palace, Score, Twist, and these places are currently showcasing the traditional ideas of drag but also new things,
new ideas. The fact that these places are showcasing new things means that the perceptions of what drag is and means is changing.
Then, there are parties like Counter Corner and the like that are embracing the non-mainstream queer culture, where the irregular can
grow and happen.
What makes South Florida so unique is the blending… SO many colors and styles and types all blending together. South Florida Drag
is a big swirling mass of colors and flavors and styles and genders. And I love it. What makes us so strong here is the mix. We are
stronger for the mix of people, aesthetics, art inspirations, nationalities, ethnicities, races, genders, and all the different pieces that
together make up the South Florida Drag scene. From comics to
avant garde artists to Pageant queens to drag kings and trans artists,
we encompass every creed and color, and I think therein lies our strength.  We just need more stages to experiment and more places to

3 things you NEVER leave home without
A fan, a condom (they’ve got a million uses – protection, a finger glove, a breath mint, a hair tie), and my sense of humor. You’re never
naked if you’re wearing a smile! And a joke is a great way to… introduce yourself to people.

My most prized possession for drag or in general? In drag I would say all my
original drag pieces, jewelry, old moo-moos and house robes, and hand
painted fans. They were all left to me by my
abuela (grandma) and tia abuela
(great aunt) Yoya. Also my favorite wig which my best friend Orestes gave
me. The three of them inspire my drag in quite a lot of ways.

Who are your stage/artistic idols, and why
Ohhh that’s a big one! Well my four biggest drag idols would have to be Dame Edna, Jackie Beat, Bianca del Rio, and of COURSE, my
favorite drag queen, Joan Rivers…
I draw a lot of inspiration from a wide range of places, from the Club Kid movement, from artists such as Leigh Bowery, John Galiano,
Eiko Ishioka, to the Cabaret Voltaire of the Dada Movement. From stage idols like Liza, Judy, Angela Lansbury and Bea Arthur, Patti
Lupone and Bette Midler… Cher and Barbra and Ginger Rogers and Bette Davis… Honestly my influences come from a very wide range
or places. Latin divas like Rocio Jurado and Celia Cruz and La Lupe and Olga Guillot, Gloria Trevi and Alejandra Guzman and Rocio
Durcal and Isabel Pantoja and so many others. Musicians, designers... Comedians have of course ALWAYS been a huge inspiration:
Don Rickles, Phyllis Diller, Lucile Ball, Joan Rivers, Dame Edna, Moms Mabley, Bianca del Rio, Jerry Lewis: these entertainers each
helped give me an understanding of comedy and where to go.

3 things most people don’t know about Jonathan
Three things…
1) I love to cook
2) My favorite store is Home Depot, I love building things AND it’s also a great place to buy accessory making materials!
3) I work as a production designer and project manager by day, helping put the technical aspects of shows together!

Tell me your favorite joke
Favorite joke…. Hmmm that’s hard: I think I have several, though since my humor is very physical, it’s hard to do on paper… But I’ll try.

English: Let’s just say I love explain the relation between a corqueta and a prolapsed asshole…
That aside I try to not reveal too much… I’m a notorious man eater. I’ve killed several men in South Florida unwittingly… we were
making love and they told me to wipe off the makeup…
Also… I don’t exercise… If God had wanted me to bend over, he’d have made Miami be a more sexually diverse city…

Spanish: Yo tengo 5 hermanas, cada una muy diferente. Pata – le gusta correr mucho. Peta – le encantan los animales. Pita – le
encanta la comida del medio oriente. Pota, la que le encanta la jardinería. Y la última… bueno ello no dormía en casa mucho.

The biggest challenge for you artistically is…
and why?
There are several. I created Ann as a way to create
a “living character” thorough line for all my other
art projects. But since then she’s gained a life of
her own with her own momentum. As a varied
type of drag artist here in South Florida I think my
biggest challenge has been finding the perfect
sort of stage. For a long time, I kept thinking that
in order to do drag one had to do a certain type
of thing, or perform in a certain type of way…
Some audiences are not as receptive as others
and so it makes it difficult to present work. But the
first thing any good performer learns is to know
your audience and so now I understand that there
is a line you must always balance, in order to
stay true to what you want to do and yet make
sure that no matter where you are you can

Another issue is the changing world and how
we present ourselves. It’s no longer exclusively
about an artist’s presentation on a stage, but
also on all the social media fronts. It’s not just
about how good you look when you are on a
stage but also how many filters you apply how
good you facetune, and how many likes your
pictures get. It’s now about a lot of different things.

Additionally, as a drag queen the majority of your
gigs come as performances in a packed club.
I am much more of a standup comic, not a club
queen, I’m best when I’m in front of an audience
or talking to people so that presents a challenge.
But I’ve found I’m best when I get to really
interact with an audience and they can hear me…
So I just run to the mics now and call it a day.

If I could host and perform
anywhere in the world and
get away with it, I would
host a Queens of Comedy
showat Jumbo’s Clown
Room inLA…or at King of
Diamonds.There is no
harder worker than a girl on a pole… Or a drag queen in need of a new wig.

What are you most passionate about?
Currently we are on the brink. We are living in a world filled with misinformation, confusion, war, environmental disasters, human rights
abuses… There are so many things wrong with the world right now. Yet through all that, there are so many positive things in the world.
To me, the most important thing in the world right now is making people laugh. Breaking down filters, walls, barriers, and the like. I think
that with all the real battles that every minority group is facing, we should band together and learn to laugh together. You should never
ever take yourself too seriously… Even if the work you are doing is important and serious, you should always remember to smile and
laugh. Even if you are a “hateful” biatch…

Not to mix in politics but with the Clown in Chief, we are living in a world where the bar of what’s deemed outlandish has been set higher
and higher… The difference between a joke and what’s said as actually acceptable speech has been changed completely. But I
So I’m passionate about making people laugh. About not taking yourself too seriously. About art and LGBTQ rights. About the struggles of
minorities and people struggling to get equal recognition and rights. And also… putting a STOP to the scourge that is… that new squiggly
brow trend!!! It MUST be stopped!

The worst moment I have had on stage was…
and I learned ________________ from it.
One time I had a bit of situation. I was to
perform with a certain someone at Score.
The house was packed and I had a pound of
ground beef in my wig… and suddenly the
production guy comes running at me and tells
me that my USB isn’t working… I was shook.
The DJ only had remixes of songs and a bunch
of his own stuff… BUT, he did have one song
he had done. I decided to scrap my original
idea and go for it. In that exact moment I had
to create an alternative show, and make sure
it was a damned good one. So I did. I basically
slammed my face into the bar, grabbed the
soda pistol, and drenched myself and the
audience while making sure they laughed. It
was… definitely a shit show. I learned a few
things: ONE – sometimes a mess can be
helpful. TWO – ALWAYS bring a backup USB.
THREE – Always be ready for the unexpected,
you never know when you’ll have to make
lemonade! FOUR - Attempting a high kick
on a wet bar is NOT a good idea… FIVE –
vaginal secretions CAN make you fall, no
wonder the signs all say “Slippery when wet”!

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