Named after the pop star and the bridge to get to her own borough, Staten Island’s best (possibly only, but still!) drag queen brings fabulous dance production to her stage numbers and event decor excellence to your home. And with a deadline right around the corner, she’s telling you to complete the damn Census and be counted, Make way for Britney Virazzano!
Thotyssey: Hello Britney! Thanks for chatting with us today! How was your September?
Britney Virazzano: September’s been pretty good. It’s starting to feel like the world is opening back up!
Yes, little by little! I have to confess I actually feel a little weird about returning to indoor venues, even at 25% capacity. But I guess we gotta trust everyone to cooperate.
I totally agree. Being in the event industry with both of my jobs 25% indoor capacity makes life a little bit easier. I think if everyone cooperates, we’ll be fine.
Tell us a bit about your business.
When I’m not Britney, I own and run an event decor company, Steven Decor. I do everything from florals and balloons to dessert displays. It’s a lot of work and stressful at times, but I love it.
It must have been a stressful few months though, when social distancing was being strictly enforced and no one was having parties.
Ooh, 100%! I’m always trying to find new ways to keep people safe and having parties. ‘Cause ya know, no parties means no money… which is not something I like.
I hear you. But cheers to what will likely be an upswing now!
Thank you so much.
You are, of course, a Staten Island girl! Born and raised?
Born yes, but raised in Brooklyn. We lived in Carol Gardens until i was like 4, then moved to Bensonhurst. And then at 19, we made our way over the bridge to Staten Island.
Lots of New Yorkers who don’t live in Staten Island have never been there. It’s such a unique and special community.
Haha! “Unique” and “special” are good words to describe it. If you’ve never been to Staten Island, I’m not shocked. But it’s a cute borough that has a strong suburban feel… but not too [far away] where you feel like you’re cut off from the world.
Growing up, did you always want to be a performer of some sort?
I was in dance school since I was 5, so I’ve always loved performing and putting on a show.
How did drag come into your life?
I became aware of drag when I was a kid because The Birdcage was a favorite family movie. And I officially became Britney about ten years ago… but there was always a queen inside.
You’re probably best known for your years hosting weekend kikis at The Ritz! That’s always been a great spot for good music and cute boys and drinks, but so damn crowded, lol! What was it like there for you?
Haha! Crowded is a perfect description for the Ritz, but it’s always a good time. Honestly, it was great because so many queens have come in and out of the Ritz; you learn a lot. And I’ve gotten to work with some of the best queens in NYC thanks to the Ritz.
How would you describe a Britney Virazzano performance today… like, if there were still stages and stuff?
It’s always a pop star number with dancing, slutty movement, and lots of hair flips.
OMG, thank you so much!
Might there be any more pageants in the future for you?
I’m definitely taking another wack at Miss Paradise. You can’t keep a good ho down!
By the way, speaking of that pop star you’re partially named after… should Britney Spears be “free,” or does she still need supervision?
She should be free! You can’t tell me that she can tour the world, make countless albums and entertain the masses… but she can’t have control of her own finances!? #FREEBRITNEY
Yes! So you are actually part of an interesting queer initiative care of NYC.gov encouraging people to fill out the Census (deadline is Wednesday the 30th)! You’re the designated queen to represent the borough of Staten Island, and there are four other recruited queens each representing the other boroughs. Tell us a bit about this program, and why it is important for us to complete the Census!
Yes, it is a great project to be a part of. I think I was chosen by default because I technically am Staten Island’s only drag queen, lol! The census is so important because it determines how many representatives each state will have in Congress for the next ten years, and how much federal funding communities will receive. It’s so simple [to fill out]: it’s ten questions, and it makes a world of a difference!
What else is coming up for you?
Awesome! Lastly, what are you gonna be for Halloween this year?
Well, that’s a perfect question ’cause it’s my favorite holiday! Mostly I’m gonna stay safe. But if we are able to celebrate, me and my best friend are going to be the most dynamic duo in gay culture: The Cock Destroyers!