The month of August was in fact one of the busiest months for me. Lots of travel as well as an advancement in my day job with work. It was a month of fast paced changes but I loved it.
The month began with me traveling back in the early hours of the morning from EOY. A full work week was underway and then I was in route to Baton Rouge, LA
Each year there is an event for Project Lazarus. It is put on by a group of wonderful men: Michael, Jason and Robert. This annual fundraiser raises a HUGE amount of money and I am always so happy to be part of it. I had a blast being able to share this night with some of my favorite ladies across the Gulf States that included Lauren, Mia, Reba, Lady D, Persana, Victoria MGLA 2001 and Jawakatema! It was a magical weekend for a great cause. Thank you Michael, Robert and Jason for always inviting me to be part of this amazing event.
The next week was my birthday week. I can honestly say my 30s have been incredible with career advancement, my health improving and also winning the title of Miss Gay America. I got to spend my birthday in true MGA fashion getting to kick off the Miss Gay Arkansas America weekend! We had the Miss Gay Arkansas America review show and I was star struck. So many wonderful ladies are Forever title holders to this state prelim most especially MGA pageant legend Kelly Cruise! I cannot tell you how many videos I have watched of her over the years. The next night was the pageant! Athena had an amazing step down and I am happy to call her my sister. Congrats to the new 50th Anniversary Miss Gay Arkansas America Savvy Savant and her 1st alternate Melanie Masters!!! I loved getting to see my sisters MGA 1994 Jacquelyn and MGA 1995 Patti! Thank you Norman and Jordan for a fabulous weekend !!
After a short nap and repack of drag it was off to the airport for Miss Gay Southwest America to celebrate the reign of Shelita Hoyle Bonet in Galveston, TX. Todd and his staff ALWAYS go over and beyond to ensure it is a smooth contest! That bar is absolutely beautiful with the beach view. My sister MGA 2001 Charity was a judge and also got to see Jimmy! This was a double prelim so I also got to work hands on with Mr. Gay America Chris and Simba. At the end of the night Dessie Love Blake was crowned Miss Gay Southwest America 2022 and her 1st alternate was Chloe Knox !!! Then a short nap and airport bound again !!! Thank you Todd for a wonderful night!
The next stop was Rehoboth Beach, DE for Eastern States America weekend. I got to spend some time with Mona’s husband John before the crossdressing began! What an amazing person! The first night we held the Mr division and I got to be a judge. That was definitely a change of pace considering I have been the administrator at so many pageants but now judging. Congrats to Tanner Shriver on his win! The next night it was my turn to run the show at Miss Gay Eastern States America. That night Courtney Kelly was crowned Miss Gay Eastern States America America 2022 and her 1st alternate was Jennipher Jameson. Vega was absolutely stunning all weekend for her give up. Getting to know her more this year has been a highlight. HUGE CONGRATS to Mona, Bob, all of the pageant staff and the Pines for an unforgettable weekend.
Wrapping up August was Miss Gay North Carolina America. While I love and respect all state pageants there is a magic about this prelim that completely gives me chill bumps. North Carolina knows how to groom their girls and they always produce top notch competitors.I have mad respect for them as I always have my eye out on who the next Miss Gay North Carolina America will be. My 222888888 sister lol Paris was an absolute joy through the years competing with and being able to see her step down was just remarkable. Fun fact I was contestant 29 this year after her. At the end of the weekend the new Miss Gay North Carolina America 2022 was Kiera Mel and her 1st alternate was Giselle Cassidy Cater and yet again, this contest produced true “North Carolina Magic” as Marsha always says. Thank you Tiffany, Cierra, DJ Bonet and staff for an amazing weekend! Shout out to Kristin, Aria and Kirby for being my Uber
September will sure be a busy one as well!
Continental weekend, Miss Gay Tennesee, Louisiana and Great Lakes America! 6 more girls will get their ticket to the big dance!!!
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From the Desk of Dextaci, Miss Gay America 2022