It’s so incredibly hard to believe that for 7 years I consistently competed for the title of Miss Gay America. Unaware if the dream would ever be mine; but I was determined. Today I have four prelims left and only two months more to reign. To say this was the year of a lifetime is not even remotely accurate. In this year I have grown in every way possible. As a man I became more confident and strong, as an entertainer more polished and driven; as a human more compassionate and open.
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!
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