As we come into the pride season, I think it is important for everyone in our community to look INSIDE and be proud of who or what we are as individuals. Too often, we compare ourselves with others which brings us down the road of not being thin enough, popular enough, not making enough, etc. We have gotten to the point as a community to find it necessary to create labels which we must fit in (bears, otters, twinks, athletic, average, swimmer, and I could go on). Sadly we often divide ourselves more than being inclusive of all within our community.
When Michael and I purchased Miss Gay America, we made it our mission to unify everyone within the drag community, with the hope of setting an example for others to follow. It was as a result of this, that #unity was born. Last year seeing Suzy Wong performing with many other national title holders on one stage was one of our proudest moments.
As national promoters it really is such a gift to see individuals “come into their own”. It is amazing to watch people within our own community celebrate who they are unapologetically. As national promoters, we challenge you to live the life that YOU want to live, free of labels created by others and free of pressure to “fit” within boxes. Our challenge to you when we purchased MGA, was for you to celebrate your individuality and to bring YOU to the stage. With this, you will find a freedom that is incredibly liberating. Your light will shine and inspire others to be true to themselves and challenge a community so saturated with labels to celebrate along with you.