Queens on Thrones: Peppermint (SLIDE SHOW)
The multifaceted drag queen and gay nightlife fixture poses on the throne at Fairytail Lounge for Gay Pride and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
Photograph: Jolie Ruben
The queen: Tireless and much-loved NYC drag showgirl Peppermint has performed alongside the likes of Chaka Khan, Martha Wash and Ultra Naté, thanks to her pop tunes like “Servin’ It Up.” She’s taken her singing and dancing act around the world, and has lent her skills to charities including the Human Rights Campaign, the MAC AIDS Fund and Project Achieve.
The throne: Fairytail Lounge. Part acid trip, part haunted forest, this Hell’s Kitchen newcomer features minotaur-shaped tables, Sleep No More–worthy lighting and ominous branches over the DJ booth. The bathroom sports a bejeweled ceiling and a mirror perfect for making inquiries into who might be the fairest of them all.
Time Out New York: Do you have any advice for the woman who is arguably the world’s most famous queen on the occasion of her Diamond Jubilee?
Peppermint: Girl, get those crown jewels out, you are a queen! We want to see glamour!
Got any good bathroom stories from your adventures in nightlife?
Once I ran into the unisex bathroom to power my nose, then in the mirror I saw someone emerge soaking wet from the trough urinal. I wasn’t sure if he was going to wash his hands, so I left with only half my lipstick finished before he could reach the doorknob.
What are you proud of this June?
I just got fired from JCPenney, so this summer I’ll be celebrating Pride on Fire Island before jetting off to Seattle for Seattle Pride.
Check out Karaoke Sundays at 10pm at XES; the Peppermint Show! Mondays at midnight at Barracuda; the Cattle Call Talent Show, Wednesdays at 11pm at Therapy; and the Peppermint Variety Show, Fridays at 10pm at the Fire Island Pines. For more information, go to facebook.com/peppermintmusic and follow @peppermint247.