Welcome to the 2017 Miss Gay America pageant season. Why Michael and myself thought that after nationals, there would be considerable downtime, I have no idea. It has been an extremely busy, full steam ahead, past few weeks. Our newest symbol of excellence, MGA 2017 Suzy Wong, has already been creatively designing new merchandise, attended at least two photo shoots, participated in the 2016 Wonderful 100 AIDS Walk in Phoenix, attended Mr. Gay USofA 2016 Nationals in Dallas Texas where she performed her first number as Miss Gay America and did her first national walk all to promote system unity, met up with Miss Gay America publicist Andy Reynolds in NYC and collaborated on ideas for this year, had numerous conference calls with us to discuss everything from her goals this year to her theme for MGA 2018 (and yes she already has it picked out) to flying down to New Orleans for the day with us to scope out the Hyatt, and discussed with us her ideas for attending Pride Palm Springs in just a few short weeks. Suzy has been doing all of this while going back and forth to Nashville a few times to look in after her restaurants, working with her assistant and all of those involved with her career as a celebrity chef on the Food Network, and even calling my 10 year old daughter for her birthday yesterday (Ella is mesmerized by everything Suzy and everything Arnold).
We will be traveling to our home in Key West in December with both Suzy and Asia (who now holds the position of Titleholder Liaison) to preserve the tradition of "Father/Daughter Weekend", and to dive head first into EVERYTHING Miss Gay America with Suzy. Word has it that both Suzy and Asia will be guest performers while there. It would be amazing to see at least a few of our Miss Gay America family while we are down in paradise! Following our long weekend there, we will be making a couple of, what are bound to be extremely exciting, announcements regarding what the future holds for Gay America Pageantry!
Last, but definitely not least, we would like to thank each and everyone of you that supported us in Memphis for the national contest. From formers, to promoters, to title holders, to judges, etc, we couldn't have done it without you! If you think THAT was good, you will be blown away by next year's contest! On that note, we have chosen an amazing group of individuals for the judges panel and will notify them in the coming weeks! Once again, they include title holders and or promoters from various national systems as well as those that have been involved in the art of female impersonation for decades. You will surely be both impressed and awe-struck!
Working with first Asia and now Suzy has proven to us why we put so much of our time, our talents, our money, and ourselves into this great system. It has proven to be a second family to us, just as it has for many of you. For this reason, and countless others, regardless of how many other commitments we may have, and I think it is safe to say for Suzy as well, the continuance, the growth, the stability, the legacy of all those that have gone before us, and the EXCELLENCE that DEFINES this system is both protected and given the time that is so very much deserves!
Rob and Michael