Miss Gay America

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MottoThe Symbol of Excellence
TypeBeauty Pageant
HeadquartersMemphis, Tennessee
CorporationL&T Entertainment
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Miss Gay America Pageant Gay America Pageants Logo.gif
MottoThe Symbol of Excellence
TypeBeauty Pageant
HeadquartersMemphis, Tennessee
CorporationL&T Entertainment

Miss Gay America is a national pageant for female impersonators. Established in 1972, the pageant follows a format similar to the official Miss America contest, which it is based on. The reigning Miss Gay America titleholder is held to the highest level of elegance, intelligence, and entertainment value.

Each year an estimated 500 contestants compete at various city, state, and direct regional preliminaries where a winner and first alternate advance to compete at the official Miss Gay America pageant. For over 20 years, the city, state, regional, and national titleholders have been awarded the pageant's signature and coveted, gold and aurora borealis rhinestone crown, featuring the system's symbol of excellence logo. Titleholders are often seen as the best in the industry and are hired to entertain in a variety of high-level performance venues, such as Las Vegas shows, cruise ships, and at major pride festivals and related LGBT functions, all while retaining professional careers off-stage.

The Miss Gay America pageant system is the longest running pageant system for female impersonators, and is one of the "Big 4" pageant systems for the art form, which includes Continental Pageantry, established in 1980; Gay USofA Pageantry, established in 1986; and Entertainer of the Year, established in 1990. Many former Miss Gay America titleholders have also held titles in these systems. Each pageant system is unique in their operations and purpose, however, as a pageant dedicated to the pure art of female impersonation, Miss Gay America is the only remaining national pageant that prohibits contestants from using female hormones or having undergone any feminizing plastic surgery, such as breast implants or liquid-silicone injections below the neck. An important component of the competition is an interview in male gender specific attire. [1]

The 42nd and current Miss Gay America is Jessica Jade, of Roanoke, Virginia who won the title on October 13, 2013, and competed as the reigning titleholder from the Miss Gay East Coast America franchise.


In 1971, Jerry Peek opened the Watch Your Hat & Coat Saloon in Nashville, Tennessee, Nashville's first gay dance and show bar. Having an understanding of the female illusionist state pageants occurring in various show bars in other states, Peek decided to establish a national level pageant to further recognize the best entertainers. On June 25, 1972, the first pageant was held at Peek's Nashville saloon, Norma Kristie, state representative of Arkansas, was crowned the winner of the 1973 pageant, and emeritus titleholder of the Miss Gay America Pageant system. In 1975 Norman "Norma Kristie" Jones assumed ownership of the pageant and later formed Norma Kristie, Inc., operating and directing the success of the pageant including a vast network of 40 preliminaries for the next 30 years. [2]

In February 2005, Norman Jones mostly retired from the pageant, and sold the Miss Gay America pageantry system to Larry Tyger and Terry Eason of L&T Entertainment.

Former Titleholders[edit]

1973Norma Kristie, Miss Gay Arkansas AmericaNorman JonesCharlie BrownWatch Your Hat & Coat Saloon, Nashville, TennesseeRetired From Regular Performances
1974Lady Baronessa, Miss Gay Illinois AmericaCarmel SantiagoRoski FernandezThe Glass Menagery Nightclub, Nashville, TennesseeDeceased, 1992 - *1
1975Shawn Luis,Roski FernandezAtlanta Americana Hotel Ballroom, Atlanta, GeorgiaRetired
1976AShan Covington,Michael AndrewsThe Depository Nightclub, Houston, TexasDecrowned, Deceased - *2
1976BDani Daletto, Miss Gay Michigan AmericaJose MondelanoVapors Nightclub, Hot Springs, ArkansasDeceased, 1989
1977Michael Andrews,Michael AndrolewiczNaomi Sims, Miss Gay Texas AmericaThe Old Plantation Nightclub, Houston, TexasDeceased, 1989 - *3
1978Jimi Dee, Miss Gay South Regional AmericaJimmy DillardHot Chocolate, Miss Gay Texas AmericaMachinist's Hall, St. Louis, MissouriDeceased
1979Rachel Wells, Miss Gay South Regional America, First AlternateJohn GreenwellHot ChocolateFox Theater, Atlanta, GeorgiaRetired, 2006 [3]
1980Hot Chocolate, Miss Gay East Coast AmericaLarry EdwardsLady Shawn, Miss Gay Texas AmericaAtlanta Convention Center, Atlanta, GeorgiaLas Vegas Headliner - *4
1981Lady Shawn, Miss Gay East Coast AmericaGenevieve Ryder, Miss Gay Missouri AmericaMasonic Temple, Detroit, MichiganDeceased
1982Jennifer Foxx, Miss Gay North Regional AmericaBobby BrunoFrancesca Wakeland,Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas-
1983Francesca Wakeland,Jon MeadowsTasha Kohl, Miss Gay Texas AmericaOvens Auditorium, Charlotte, North CarolinaRetired
1984Tasha Kohl, Miss Gay Mid-AmericaJerry FaulknerNaomi Sims, Miss Gay South Regional AmericaOklahoma City Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OklahomaRetired From Regular Performances - *5
1985Naomi Sims, Miss Gay Tri-States AmericaNewman S. BraudFritz CaponeDallas Convention Center, Dallas, TXDeceased, 1992 - *6
1986Lauren Colby, Miss Gay North Carolina America, First AlternateRobb RobinsonDiana Black, Miss Gay Great Lakes AmericaIndianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana-
1987Blaze Starr, Miss Gay Tri-States America?Cherry LaneDallas Convention Center, Dallas, TexasRetired
1988Cherry Lane, Miss Gay Tri-States AmericaMichael SmothersRachel MastersFox Theater-Atlanta, GeorgiaRetired
1989Vicki Vincent, Miss Gay Mid-Atlantic States AmericaRoger PiattBrandi Alexander, Miss Gay North Regional AmericaDallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas-
1990Brandi AlexanderRandy FenoliValerie Lohr, Miss Gay Texas AmericaDallas Convention Center, Dallas, TexasRetired
1991Valerie Lohr, Miss Gay South Regional America, First AlternateGary LytleCoco, Miss Gay Texas AmericaDallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas-
1992Tiffany Bonet, Miss Gay Mid-Atlantic States AmericaAcey HendricksLeslie RageMajestic Theater, Dallas, Texas-
1993Leslie Rage, Miss Gay Mid-East AmericaLeslie De La CruzCocoMajestic Theater, Dallas, TexasDeceased
1994Jacqueline DeVaroe, Miss Gay Delta States America, First AlternateDarius CordellRamona LeGer'Majestic Theater, Dallas, TexasRetired - *7
1995-ARamona LeGer', Miss Gay Mid-East AmericaLouis MarcelloPatti Le Plae Safe, Miss Gay Gulf States AmericaMajestic Theater, Dallas, TexasDeceased, 1995 - *8
1995-BPatti Le Plae Safe, Miss Gay Gulf States AmericaRodd GreyNicole Dubois, Miss Gay Southern EleganceRobinson Center Music Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas (During the 1996 Pageant)-
1996Kerri Nichols, Miss Gay Mid-AmericaJeff CapellLauren Taylor, Miss Gay Texas AmericaRobinson Center Music Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas-
1997Lauren Taylor, Miss Gay Mid-West AmericaDarrell CantuLaken EdwardsOvens Auditorium, Charlotte, North CarolinaRetired - *9
1998Maya Montana, Miss Gay Virginia AmericaLinda Carrero, Miss Gay Mid-AmericaOvens Auditorium, Charlotte, North Carolina-
1999Linda Carrero, Miss Gay Mid-Atlantic AmericaOmar ReyesKirby Colby, Miss Gay West Virginia AmericaAthena Theater, Little Rock, Arkansas-
2000Catia Lee Love, Miss Gay Mid-America AmericaAron HarveyCharity Case, Miss Gay Southern Elegance AmericaLincoln Theater, Washington D.C.*10
2001Charity Case, Miss Gay Central States AmericaMarc ColemanSabrina WhiteAthena Theater, Little Rock, Arkansas-
2002Sabrina White, Miss Gay Mid-Atlantic AmericaRussell MarcumKitty Bob Aimes, Miss Gay Oklahoma AmericaDallas Convention Center-Dallas, Texas-
2003Dominique Sanchez, Miss Gay Mid-AmericaChris WilliamsJayda Alexander, Miss Gay Louisiana America, First AlternateAthena Theater-Little Rock, Arkansas*11
2004Rachael Erikks, Miss Gay Heart of AmericaAlana Steele, Miss Gay Indiana America, First AlternateAthena Theater, Little Rock, Arkansas-
2005Raquel Chevallier, Miss Gay Tri-States AmericaAlina Meletti, Miss Gay Florida, First AlternateAthena Theater, Little Rock, Arkansas-
2006Nicole DuBois, Miss Gay Mid-AmericaTommy DavisCoti Collins, Miss Gay East Coast AmericaCannon Center, Memphis, Tennessee-
2007Luscious, Miss Gay Western States AmericaCoti Collins, Miss Gay North Carolina AmericaCannon Center, Memphis, Tennessee*12
2008Mikaila Kay, Miss Gay Western States America, First AlternateJosh BolinLayla Larue, Miss Gay Southern Elegance AmericaHoliday Inn Select Airport Grand Ballroom-Memphis, Tennessee-
2009Victoria DePaula, Miss Gay District of Columbia (D.C.) AmericaCarl GloriosoChantel Reshae, Miss Gay East Coast AmericaMillennium Hotel Grand Ballroom-St. Louis, Missouri-
2010-AAlyssa Edwards, Miss Gay Heartland America, First Alternate[4]Justin JohnsonCoco Montrese, Miss Gay Heart of AmericaMillennium Hotel Ballroom, St. Louis, MissouriDecrowned - *13
2010-BCoco Montrese, Miss Gay Heart of AmericaMartin CooperJessica Jade, Miss Gay District of Columbia (D.C.) AmericaThe Grey Fox Nightclub, St. Louis, Missouri*13
2011Coti Collins, Miss Gay District of Columbia (D.C.) AmericaDavid LowmanJessica Jade, Miss Gay Mid-East AmericaLifestyles Pavilion Auditorium, Columbus, Ohio*14
2012Kirby Kolby, Miss Gay District of Columbia (D.C.) AmericaMark SmithJessica Jade, Miss Gay Atlantic StatesCapitol Theatre at the Riffe Center, Columbus, Ohio-
2013Sally Sparkles, Miss Gay Mid-AmericaMichael SharpBlair Williams, Miss Gay Mid-America, First AlternateSheraton Hotel Ball Room, Columbus, Ohio-
2014Jessica Jade, Miss Gay East Coast AmericaBilly WilsonBlair Williams, Miss Gay District of Columbia (D.C.) AmericaMillennium Hotel Ball Room, St. Louis, Missouri-


Historically, contestants were scored in interview, evening gown and talent competitions. Later a sportswear category was added, called "Contemporary Fashion." After about a decade it was decided to change the category to "Creative Fashion," a category that was never fully understood by anyone, especially the judges and contestants, and finally morphed into "Creative Costume." It was eventually replaced with Solo Talent. While some of the contestants perform live vocals, dance or comedy skits; the vast majority showcase their talent of lip syncing to prerecorded music.

The modern national pageant consists of 3 nights of preliminary competition, where all contestants compete in male interview, solo talent, evening gown, and production talent. Awards for each night of these categories are presented on the 4th night of the pageant week during the official Miss Gay America Revue Show, where former titleholders return to entertain. The final competition night is held on the 5th night, typically at a larger and more formal venue, and the top 10 finalist are announced. These finalists then compete again in evening gown, stage interview, and production talent. The top 4 runners-up and the crowning of the winner are announced at the end of the final pageant.

Preliminary Competition[edit]

Contestants for the national Miss Gay America pageant qualify through franchised state and direct regional preliminaries (i.e. Miss Gay Arkansas, Miss Gay North Carolina, Miss Gay Mid-America, etc.), with the winner and first alternate advancing to the national pageant. Many states require contestants to compete in franchised city preliminaries (i.e. Miss Gay Little Rock Arkansas, Miss Gay Springfield Missouri, Miss Gay Southern Charm Oklahoma, etc.), where the winner and first alternate advance on to the state pageant. Preliminary pageants with less than 3 contestants are only permitted to advance as representatives of the preliminary pageant.

State & Regional Preliminaries[edit]

Miss Gay Arizona AmericaTamara St. Duboise, 1985Tyra Marie, 2013Savannah Stevens, 2013Daniel EckstromActiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Arkansas AmericaNorma Kristie, 1972 & MGA 1973Brooklyn Bisette, 2013Eden Alive, 2013Arkansas Alumni ProductionsActiveState Pageant - *1
Miss Gay Atlantic States AmericaTatiyanna Voche', 2010LeQuitcha Rodriguez, 2013Sue Nami, 2013Minnier & DudleyActiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay California AmericaShannon Forrester, 1991Paju Monro, 2013La Moni, 2013Robbie Wayne ProductionsActiveState Pageant
Miss Gay D.C. AmericaBrandi Dover, 1984Blair Williams, 2013Tatiyanna Voche', 2013Cocker Productions, LLCActiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay East Coast AmericaJessica Jade, 2013Charity Saude, 2013Joseph DriscollActiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Florida AmericaLori Del Mar, 1986Sharde' Ross, 2013Essence T. Van Cartier, 2013Dan BarrisActiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Gulf States AmericaPatti La Plae Safe, 1994Jessica Raynes Starr, 2013Celebrity Starr, 2013David GreenActiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Illinois AmericaLady Baronessa, 1973 & MGA 1974Diva Coppafeel, 2013Nadia Louis, 2013Curt Godier & Chad JohnsonActiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Kansas AmericaMelinda Ryder, 1985Jade Sinclair, 2013Brown Sugar, 2013Vanna VincentActiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Louisiana AmericaTiffany Alexander, 1991Mercedes Ellis Loreal, 2013Delanie Valentine, 2013David GreenActiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Maryland AmericaStaci Maxwell, 1985Araya Sparxx, 2013Anastacia Amor, 2013Bowers and AlascioActiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Mid-AmericaTasha Kohl, 1984 & MGA 1985Suzy Wong, 2013Sasha Leigh Chambers, 2013L&T EntertainmentActiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Mid-AtlanticVicki Vox, 1987Patti Lovelace, 2013Deva Station, 2013Believe EntertainmentActiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Mid-WestDonna Drag, 1978Vicki Valentino, 2013Tova Uravitch, 2013Klataske & VolkmanActiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Missouri AmericaJulie Tomorrow, 1974Christa Collins, 2013Adria Andrews, 2013Miss Gay Missouri Alumni AssociationActiveState Pageant
Miss Gay New York AmericaCherry Pie, 1999(R), 2013(R), 2013Charles IavaroneActiveState Pageant
Miss Gay North Carolina AmericaBrandy Alexander, 1980Lauren Scott, 2013Brittney O'Bryan, 2013Von EntertainmentActiveState Pageant - *2
Miss Gay Oklahoma AmericaTrudy Tyler, 1978Bianca LeBlanc, 2013Alizay Zane Paige, 20138305 ProductionActiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Ohio AmericaSamantha, 1973Britney Blair, 2013Honey Below, 2013Believe EntertainmentActiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Pennsylvania AmericaDanae Russo, 1991Georgia Versace Couture, 2013Victoria Robinson, 2013Weary & RoweActiveState Pageant
Miss Gay South Regional America?,1976Kofi, 2013Morgan WoodsRodney SeilerActiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Southern Elegance AmericaSummer Holiday, 1993Dextaci, 2013Trixie Larue, 2013David GreenActiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Southern States AmericaAriel Nicole Knight Addams, 2013Ambrosia Edwards Black, 2013Jonathan Morvant and John JarrettActiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Tennessee AmericaGinger Roberts, 1977Venus Knight, 2013Jeffery CulbertActiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Texas AmericaJodie Lane, 1974Alaina Marquez, 2013Alexia Crawford, 2013The Star of KC ProductionsActiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Western States AmericaTruly Fabu, 1998Chantel Reshae, 2013Truly Fabu, 2013Daniel EckstromActiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Alabama AmericaAshley Kruiz, 2006InactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Alaska AmericaInactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Atlantic Coast AmericaInactiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Blue Grass AmericaInactiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Central States AmericaCelebrity Starr, 1997Nikki Stevens, 2009InactiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Colorado AmericaNina Montaldo, 1980Dakota St. James (R)Sache' (R), 2006InactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Delaware AmericaMahogany, 1989Tisha Towers, 2009InactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Delta States AmericaLoreal Chilane, 1999InactiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Eastern States AmericaInactiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Georgia AmericaLoreal Chilane, 1996Ginger Manchester (R, 2006)Stephanie Lane (R), 2006InactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Heart of AmericaVicki Vincent, 1986 & MGA 1989Sally Sparkles, 2011InactiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Heartland AmericaAshlyn Taylor, 2005Brionna Brooks (R), 2009Moltyn Decadence (R), 2009InactiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Idaho AmericaInactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Indiana AmericaAmber Richards, 1978Erica King, 2005InactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Iowa AmericaSandra Truit, 1989Chanel Cavalier, 2006InactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Kentucky AmericaInactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Keystone AmericaInactiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Land of Enchantment AmericaInactiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Las Vegas AmericaInactiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Michigan AmericaDani Daletto, 1975 & MGA 1976Trish Stevens, 1987InactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Mid-EastCoti Collins, 2008Emory Starr, 2012InactiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Mid-South AmericaInactiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Mississippi AmericaInactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Montana AmericaInactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Nevada AmericaInactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Nebraska America1986InactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay New Hampshire AmericaInactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay New Jersey AmericaRobin Wayne, 1988Tyler Alyxander, 1990InactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay New Mexico AmericaInactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay North Regional AmericaInactiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay North Dakota AmericaInactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Northeast AmericaInactiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Northern States AmericaInactiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Northwest AmericaInactiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Oregon AmericaInactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Rhode Island AmericaInactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Smokey Mountain AmericaInactiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay South Carolina AmericaInactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay South DakotaInactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Southeast AmericaEmory Starr, 2011Jessica Deveraux, 2012InactiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Tri-States AmericaFrancesca Wakeland, 1980 & MGA 1983Rhoda Horse (R), 2012Cherry Poppins (R), 2012Reba Lamkey KnabeInactiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Southwest AmericaTrudy Tyler, 1985InactiveRegional Pageant
Miss Gay Utah AmericaInactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Vermont AmericaInactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Virginia AmericaMelissa Lan, 1986Jazmen Diamond, 2012InactiveLimited Regional Pageant
Miss Gay Washington AmericaInactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay West VirginiaDina Jackson, 1986InactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Wisconsin AmericaInactiveState Pageant
Miss Gay Wyoming AmericaInactiveState Pageant


The documentary film Pageant presented a behind-the-scenes look at the 34th Miss Gay America pageant and some of its competitors, many who have since won the title of Miss Gay America.[5]

Elizabeth Grace Ward, Miss America 1982, made her directorial debut with a documentary feature called "The Damn Deal." The film is an intimate portrait of three female impersonators participating in the events surrounding the Miss Gay Little Rock Arkansas America pageant, and includes Miss Gay Arkansas 1993 and multi-time Miss Gay America top 10 finalist, Kelly Cruise. The film was submitted to the Toronto Film Festival in 1998.


  1. ^ "About Miss Gay America". L&T Entertainment. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  2. ^ "Miss Gay America". Retrieved 2012, December 11. 
  3. ^ Greenwell, John. "Teased Hair & the Quest for Tiaras: The Story of Rachel Wells, Miss Gay America 1979.". Retrieved 2012, December 12. 
  4. ^ Hartwig, Gabe (2009-11-02). "50 contestants, 4 days, 1 Miss Gay America". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  5. ^ Lee, Nathan (2008-12-25). "There She Is, Miss ... Well, Actually, It’s Mr.". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 

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