Mykki Blanco photographed by Carrie Schechter for The Village Voice. (April 4th, 2013)

As for the much-debated “authenticity” issue, Quattlebaum has zero patience for such policing. “I know what ‘keeping it real’ means,” he says. “Everyone knows what ‘keeping it real’ means. But when you’re an entertainer, you’re not supposed to be keeping it real. No, I am not ‘keeping it real,’” he says emphatically. "And none of you are.”

Mykki Blanco photographed by Carrie Schechter for The Village Voice. (April 4th, 2013)

As for the much-debated “authenticity” issue, Quattlebaum has zero patience for such policing. “I know what ‘keeping it real’ means,” he says. “Everyone knows what ‘keeping it real’ means. But when you’re an entertainer, you’re not supposed to be keeping it real. No, I am not ‘keeping it real,’” he says emphatically. "And none of you are.”