Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
How you identify: Gay
What’s your sign: Taurus
If you’ve enjoyed a performance at the Flamingo Resort in St. Petersburg, you have Jonathan Jusino to thank.
Known mostly as Jon, he’s worked as the entertainment director and events coordinator at the popular resort, responsible for “any and all events that come through Flamingo, as well as promotions and marketing of the company.” He’s also now the hotel’s general manager.
On top of that, he’s also the national promoter for the Wessland national pageants, and a promoter for the Miss Rainbow 411 Continental Elite, Miss Central Florida National Showgirl, Miss Central Florida National Showgirl at Large and Mister Central Florida National Showman pageants.
“It’s quite a bit,” he says, “but this job keeps me being creative, and that’s what I love. I get full range; whatever I want to do I get to do.” As for drag, he feels it’s “a really important part of our community,” noting that his national-scale promotions allow him to bring the best entertainers to Tampa Bay. “I see a lot of very great talent out there, and I see it here at the resort. What better way to showcase those talents than on a national stage?”
As for what he’s looking for off the stage, it’s simple. “Somebody who’s professional and intelligent,” Jon says. “Someone who is reliable, who will come home to me at the end of the day so that we can have dinner and talk about our days together. We’d go to sleep and wake up together—that’s ideal.”