Happy holidays everyone! I hope everyone had an amazing Thanksgiving. I would like to take the time out to talk about something that is very important to me… and that is “balance”. I know that shortly after Miss Gay America, a great deal of contestants are eagerly planning their national packages which includes choosing a preliminary, sketching gowns etc. I know a great deal of promoters are planning their contests and beginning to round up contestants. However, I think it is important to give yourself time and room to breathe. This is the time to re-connect with friends and family that you may not have been able to spend time with while you were preparing for Miss Gay America. Re-visit your hobbies that you may have neglected over the past several months. Allow yourself to fall in love with Miss Gay America all over again! If you give your mind and your soul the time to reinvigorate, you will allow new ideas, new energy, and a greater love for this art form to emerge within you.
I would also like to take the time to bring attention to several contestants that really “moved” me at Miss Gay America 2016…
Savannah Stevens -
First alternate to Miss Gay Arizona America 2015
Your attention to detail and your commitment to EXCELLENCE absolutely blew me away. I was in such awe watching your talent rehearsal. You are such a talented and intelligent person and I look forward to seeing what greatness you have in store for us.
Violet S'Arbleu -
First alternate to Miss Gay Texas America 2015
You inspire me beyond measure. Your talent, your whit, your personal style, and your humility are remarkable. You are fresh and innovative in everything you do and your omnipotent knowledge of the history of entertainment is mind-blowing. I am thoroughly enjoying watching you blossom day after day...
Kelly Ray -
Miss Gay Southeast America 2015
My mother used to say, "sometimes you meet someone, and it is like you have been friends your entire life". You are an amazing example of that. You breathed love and life into not only me, but every contestant at Miss Gay America. You are a beautiful person inside and out. Your grace, elegance, poise, and professionalism are admirable and I am forever in your debt for all the positive energy you gave me on final night. I adore you.
Barbra Seville -
Miss Gay Western States America 2015
I have so much admiration for how well rounded you are. And I am so appreciative of the fact that you hold true to the ideals that pageantry is built on. Sisterhood, professionalism, and EXCELLENCE. You are so supportive of so many people and that is what makes you a star. Your commitment to Miss Gay America over the years is “praiseworthy”. Thank you so all that you do for us.
First alternate to Miss Gay Missouri America 2015
Thank you so much for bringing back what is so often lost in pageantry and female impersonation… and that is fun. Thank you for making us laugh, making us cry, breaking the tension in the dressing room and forcing everyone to just let their guards down and have a good time. You are a kind person and every time I saw your face, or heard your voice, it felt like home. We truly need more of you.
With that being said, I hope everyone involved in Miss Gay America knows how appreciative I am to have the experience and just how happy I am to be able to share it with all of you. I am looking forward to building friendships with so many of you. I love you all and I hope you have a joyful holiday season.
All My Best!
Miss Gay America 2016