Hello Integrity readers,
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that you all received what you wished for. But more importantly, I hope that you gave just as much as you received. Because in reality, the holiday season is all about giving and spending time with the ones that you love. I am so grateful that I was able to spend this Christmas with my loved ones and enjoy quality time together. This year has been a huge wake-up call, we have lost so many incredible performers and it reminds me every day of how grateful I am to have my family and friends in my life. I was so saddened to hear that George Michael had passed away on Christmas Day. He was an icon to so many people and meant so much to our community. This year I plan to dedicate some of my performances to him, as he was a huge inspiration to me.
January is going to be very busy and super exciting! On January 12th ‘The Texas Tour’ will begin!
The 12th and 13th I will be hitting the city that made Desi M. Andrews, San Antonio TX at The Pegasus. I always have a blast performing and hanging out with all of the girls in the back and I will finally get to work with my brother, Mr. Gay USofA at Large, Dakota Whitney! Then I will be in “The Valley” McAllen, TX at The Recovery Room on January 14th. I always have the best time at Recovery Room, the hospitality that Kathryn York (former Miss Gay USofA at Large) and Daniel have shown me is amazing. Then on to Selena Quintanilla’s hometown: Corpus Christi, TX on January 15th. I will be attending Mr. Gay Corpus Christi USofA. Which is a preliminary to Mr. Gay Texas USofA. It will be my first year back as a former. I can’t wait to see all my Corpus Christi family and friends. January 20th and 21st, I will be in Old El Paso at Touch. Touch is a newly renovated nightclub in El Paso owned by the incredible Eric Andrews and his husband David. I am grateful for the invitation to perform there every month and I hope to see all of my El Paso people out and about! January 28th and 29th I will be in beautiful Amarillo, TX at Club 212. They always show so much love to their current Mr. Gay Top of Texas USofA. David and Kevin are the owners of the club and also promoters for Mr. And Miss Gay Texas USofA. I’m so blessed to have two home bars Touch in El Paso, TX and Club 212 in Amarillo TX. If you can’t make it out to see me in January, no worries; I’ll be back every month in 2017. Continue reading The Year of Purpose – January Edition
Hello Integrity readers,
I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you were able to indulge in delicious foods like turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. But more importantly, I hope that you all were able to enjoy spending it with the people that you love and are thankful for. I am thankful for many things in my life and though there have been some changes recently, I couldn’t be happier about where I am today. This last month Manny, Alyssa, and I moved back home to Albuquerque, New Mexico so that we could be closer to our family. I will miss Texas so much, after all, that is where everything started for Desi M. Andrews. I developed so many amazing friendships in Texas and consider so many of you all my family.
I’m very excited for December, it’s going to be very busy and exciting. I will be performing all over the great southwest in this month. I will be in my hometown of Albuquerque for New Mexico All American Gent. This will be the first time back on stage in the city where it all started for me and it’s going to be a wonderful night. December 4 th , I will be in Dallas, TX for Miss Gay Fire & Ice USofA. I’ve heard so many great things about this pageant and I’m excited to be a part of it. On December 9 th , I will be in Scottsdale, Arizona at BSWest. I haven’t been to Arizona in quite a while and I can’t wait to see some familiar faces and have the opportunity to meet new people. December 16 th , I will be in old El Paso at Touch. Touch is a newly renovated nightclub in El Paso owned by the incredible Eric Andrews and his husband David. I am grateful for the invitation to perform there and I hope to see all my El Paso people out and about! December 17 th and 18 th , I will be in beautiful Amarillo, Texas at Club 212 for their anniversary show! They always show so much love to their current Mr. Gay Top of Texas USofA. David and Kevin are the owners of the club and also promoters for Mr. and Miss Gay Texas USofA. They understand all the hard work that goes into getting a package ready for any contest and I couldn’t have to asked for better hosts! They both have helped me so much through my entire journey of becoming Mr. Gay USofA this year and I am forever in debt to their kindness. Continue reading The Year of Purpose – December Edition
Hello Integrity Readers,
My name is Desi M. Andrews and I would like to introduce myself by sharing a little about my journey to Mr. Gay USofA.
I’ve been a male entertainer for about 4 years. I started performing in clubs that would give me a chance to be creative and show off my talents in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The first male entertainer that I was so intrigued and mesmerized by was Jordan Mathews, former Mr. Gay Texas USofA from El Paso, Texas. When I first started performing he was the one that I would ask for advice and guidance. Speed up about a year, my first Mr. Gay USofA contest when Christopher Iman won in 2013. I was just blown away from all the competition and all the talent! From that moment, I fell in love with this system and I had to be part of it. But, you just have to love the way the universe works because little did I know, my husband was in Jordan Mathews talent. We met very briefly that night but I had a goal to compete with the Texas boys, so I set my goal and the only contest that was open was Mr. Texas Hotbody. Unfortunately, I didn’t win that night but the best thing that came out of the trip was I got to spend more time with the love of my life. After that night at the contest, we stayed in contact till the next opportunity that we had to see each other again, which was Mr. Gay Texas USofA when Micheal LaMasters won in 2014.
After spending that week with Manny and Alyssa, I knew that we couldn’t be separated from one another for a long period of time. I made the biggest decision of my life to move to San Antonio, Texas with them both. That was the best decision I have ever made! Alyssa and I were seriously attached at the hip. At this moment after a marriage, him competing my eyes were set on Mr. Gay Texas USofA. That was my first year in the USofA system. I competed at Mr. Gay Texas USofA twice. My first year I placed 3 rd runner with a ton of small issues doing an Aladdin remake. My second year I got 1 st runner up doing a hip hop dance mix, Asian inspired. But within those two years I learned so much. I educated myself about the system. I learned from my mistakes and applied it to my first year at Mr. Gay USofA. When I was on that stage at Mr. Gay Texas USofA holding that plaque that said, 1 st runner-up I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t be holding anything below 1st runner up! So, for the next four months I worked really hard on making sure I had the right mix, had the right dancers, and booking myself throughout Texas to be more comfortable on stage. I worked hard on getting benefit shows together. As we all know, doing a pageant is not cheap. But at the end of the day I just didn’t want to disappoint the people that believed in me and that took the time to come to the shows and tip me, to the performers that took the time to do a number at my benefit show or my sponsors (Club 212, The Hidden Door, The Recovery Room, Vinny, & The Pegasus) and my team (Victor, Diego, Tony, Maryoh, Jonah, Crystal Lauren, Sasha Andrews, Rita Andrews, Janet Andrews & Sasha Lauren). But most of all, not to disappoint the two people that mean the most to me, Alyssa and my husband Manny. Because without them I wouldn’t be where I am today! Mr. Gay USofA 2016.
My experience there was so amazing. Everyone was so nice to me and so welcoming. It was my first year at nationals and I was scared but I knew I had my Texas USofA family. So I had to stop, relax, and say a little prayer. If this was meant to be then let it happen. From that point on I just had fun, did what I went to do. Show everyone what hard work, being yourself and consistency can get you!
I seriously had the best time of my life at Mr. Gay USofA and I am ready to get this year started! I hope to see everyone out with a drink in your hand and a smile on your face and ready for an amazing show!
Desi M. Andrews Mr. Gay USofA
Hello Integrity readers, I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that you all received what you wished for …
Hello Integrity readers, I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you were able to indulge in delicious …
Hello Integrity Readers, My name is Desi M. Andrews and I would like to introduce myself by sharing a little …