HOMETOWN: Niagara Falls, N.Y.
IDENTIFIES AS: Transgender Female
Te Monet loves to play. As co-show director for City Side Lounge, she oversees multiple nights of entertainment, leading by example and slaying crowds beside some of Tampa Bay’s fiercest talent. “I spend a lot of time on my work,” she says. “It’s my craft, drag.”
When she isn’t perfecting her charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent, she’s studying. “I’m about to take my state boards for my certified nursing assistant license,” Te says. “I tell myself I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”
Family is important to Te, whose ambition and work ethic come from her grandmother. “She was a worker bee. She compartmentalized and took care of what she could; she said ‘at the end of the day, as long as my lights are on and we have food, sweetie, we’re never broke.’ I’ve followed that motto all my life.”
Te is a New Yorker turned Floridian, “a little loud; a little pointed,” and says her heart “is huge and full of love.” She’s looking for someone who’s rooted in family. As for the rest, she adds that “men come in all shapes, sizes, ages and ethnicities—and I love all of them!”