It’s PRIDE month!!!!!!!! As I have my morning coffee and flip through all of your social media threads,I am so inspired by the celebration of our progress and determination. It takes a strong & brave human to do what we do, the first brick at Stonewall was thrown by a drag queen and we continue to rally our communities through activism, fund raising, laughter, celebration, and charity. I couldn’t be more proud to stand amongst you. Remember to honor the past while marching into the future; say thank you to the local drag queen who has been pushing your community for the last 30 years; she may not be on reality tv, but she has helped make your rights a reality.
Be mindful and safe as you march in volatile times; but be strong and proud. To each of our MGA titleholders who will be showcased in parades and celebration throughout the United States, remember the younger generation is watching; be kind, be humble, and be yourself. These are wonderful moments in life and lend to wonderful experiences to share in male interview. The little boy who shyly waves as you pass by, may one day be MGA. Leave a legacy of kindness and strength. Take the time to pose for a photo, share a smile; who knows.......your kindness could change someone forever.
I’d like to take this time to thank four incredible individuals who for me are the very definition of PRIDE:
Michael Dutzer - your heart of gold and soft approach lead me kindly through any situation. You are always a phone call away, even if it’s just to listen. You are someone I look up to and respect from the bottom of my heart. To the next MGA, a hug from Michael makes everything better.
Rob Mansman - I have a text message from you the night I won Miss Gay Heart Of America; anytime I doubt myself or struggle......I simply read that message. You are strong, passionate, and loyal. You helped me knock down a huge wall and held my hand as I walked over the rubble. Thank you.
Catia Lee Love - as a competitor I was always quite intimidated by you. You command a room and demand respect. I thank you for always listening before speaking. You have a genuine way of balancing both sides and separating what is fact and what is emotion. I learn from you in each and every situation. To call you sister and friend is one of my biggest honors.
And last, David Pardue - you made me MGA, you saw it and you dug deep to pull it out. With you settling was never an option, growth was mandatory, and accountability was key. I’m not even sure I knew all that I am capable of until you came into my life. You make me laugh, think, dream, (sometimes cry, lol); but most of all .......you make me BETTER.
All my love and respect to the 4 horsemen who are the backbone of a successful reign. When ask “What have you done today to make you feel proud”, my answer is I accomplished a dream; I became and always will be a Miss Gay America.