The Year of Purpose – January Edition

Desi Andrews Mr Gay USofA 2016

Desi Andrews
Mr Gay USofA 2016

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.

New preliminary alert – I’m very excited to announce a NEW Preliminary to Mr. Gay USofA. Mr. Gay Mid West States USofA will be held May 21, 2017 at Club 212 in Amarillo, TX. David Torres and Kevin Locke are the promoters for this prelim. David and Kevin have been promoting in Texas for 20 years and bring so much experience to the system. I would like to welcome the both of them to the Mr. Gay USofA family!

Upcoming preliminary – March 4, 2017 is the Mr. Gay Iowa USofA with promoters Nick Amundson and Jason Kaplan held at the Garden Nightclub in Des Moines, IA. For more information contact myself or the promoters at iowa@usofa.org.

Remember 2017 is the year of when the new Mr. Gay USofA will be sashed!

Wishing everyone a Happy and Joyful New Year.

Desi M. Andrews

Mr. Gay USofA

Desi’s Monthly Spotlight:

This month I would like to recognize Roxy Ross, the very first promoter I ever had. She was so encouraging and wanted nothing but the best for me. She was such a huge support system for me at my first year at Mr. Gay Texas USofA. She understood what it took to be a performer and get a competitive package together. She competed for Miss Gay Texas USofA for about 7 years and she believed that with hard work, drive, and good understanding and knowledge of the system I could get where I wanted to be. Roxy won Miss Gay Texas USofA last year. I’ve never seen someone work so hard and be so dedicated to the USofA system. With her preparation for Miss Gay Texas USofA, she had a huge change in life. BUT that never stopped her, she still competed and won! Her next adventure was going to Miss Gay USofA. Even though she wasn’t at 100% she showed that she was a fighter and would not let anything hold her back from her goals. She made the top twelve! Roxy is the most beautiful person inside and out. She will always, and I do mean ALWAYS, put others before herself.

Roxy Ross, you will always have a huge piece of my heart. You will not only be my friend but you will be part of my family forever!

I Love You Roxy! #mymexicanrose

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