As each of you prepare for the National stage with this crown in site, know that it is not an easy job. With each prelim comes a new challenge not outlined in the rule book. Your character and ability will be pushed to the limit; but the gains are monumental. Although it may be trying, your integrity will push you through. I wouldn’t change a thing about my reign, I know it was done with dignity and respect to those who came before me.
To the new Miss Gay America, shine brightly and be authentic. I will always be here for you, standing fiercely in your corner; but never in your spotlight. Make your year exactly what you want it to be, it’s YOURS! Remember how you felt as a competitor and be confident in your position. Remember how important a kind word and a smile can be to a hopeful contestant or a new promoter.
This system and its rich history means so much to so many; you’ll never know the support that will surround you until your reign begins. Leave it all on the stage with no regrets and no hesitations. Each one of you holds a special place in my heart; a memory of my reign that I share with nobody but you. All my love, support, and respect. PROUD!