Miss Gay America

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MottoWhere the boys are boys... and female impersonation is an art!
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersMemphis, Tennessee
OwnerL&T Entertainment
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Miss Gay America Pageant Gay America Pageants Logo.gif
MottoWhere the boys are boys... and female impersonation is an art!
TypeBeauty pageant
HeadquartersMemphis, Tennessee
OwnerL&T Entertainment

Miss Gay America is a national pageant for female impersonators. Established in 1972, the pageant is based on the Miss America contest and follows a similar format.[1]

Each year, contestants compete at various city, state, and direct regional preliminaries for the opportunity to advance to the official Miss Gay America pageant. Titleholders are often seen as the best in the industry and are frequently hired to entertain in a variety of venues, such as Las Vegas shows, cruise ships, and LGBT events.[2]

The Miss Gay America pageant system is the longest running pageant system for female impersonators. It is one of the four major pageant systems for the art form, in addition to Continental Pageantry, Gay USofA Pageantry, and Entertainer of the Year. Miss Gay America is unique in that it is the only 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.[3]

The current Miss Gay America titleholder is Billy Wilson of Roanoke, Virginia, who performs as Jessica Jade. Wilson is the 43rd titleholder and won the title on October 13, 2013.

The 2015 Miss Gay America Pageant is scheduled to be held October 8–12, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee at the Millennium Hotel.


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.[4] Norman Jones, performing as Norma Kristie, competed representing Arkansas and was crowned the winner of the 1973 pageant and emeritus titleholder of the Miss Gay America Pageant system. In 1975, Jones assumed ownership of the pageant and later formed Norma Kristie, Inc., operating and directing the Miss Gay America pageant and the Mr. Gay All-America Contest systems. In 2005, Norman Jones retired from the pageant's regular operations and sold the Miss Gay America pageantry system to Larry Tyger and Terry Eason of L&T Entertainment.[5]


Contestants for the national Miss Gay America pageant qualify through franchised state and direct regional preliminaries. The winner and first alternate of the preliminary contests advance to the national pageant. Many states require contestants to first compete in franchised city preliminaries, where the winner and first alternate advance to the state pageant.[6]

State and Regional Preliminaries[edit]

List of Active State and Regional Pageants[7]
PreliminaryEmeritus TitleholderCurrent TitleholderFirst AlternateFranchise OwnerType
Miss Gay Arizona AmericaTamara St. Duboise, 1985Tyra Marie, 2013Savannah Stevens, 2013Daniel EckstromState
Miss Gay Arkansas AmericaNorma Kristie, 1972 & MGA 1973Brooklyn Bisette, 2013Eden Alive, 2013Arkansas Alumni ProductionsState
Miss Gay Atlantic States AmericaTatiyanna Voche', 2010LeQuitcha Rodriguez, 2013Sue Nami, 2013Minnier & DudleyRegional
Miss Gay California AmericaShannon Forrester, 1991Paju Monro, 2013Suzy Wong, 2014Robbie Wayne ProductionsState
Miss Gay D.C. AmericaBrandi Dover, 1984Roxy Brooks, 2014Deva Station, 2014Cocker Productions, LLCRegional
Miss Gay East Coast AmericaJessica Jade, 2013Charity Saude, 2013Joseph DriscollRegional
Miss Gay Florida AmericaLori Del Mar, 1986Sharde' Ross, 2013Essence T. Van Cartier, 2013Dan BarrisState
Miss Gay Gulf States AmericaPatti La Plae Safe, 1994Jessica Raynes Starr, 2013Celebrity Starr, 2013David GreenRegional
Miss Gay Illinois AmericaLady Baronessa, 1973 & MGA 1974Akasha Royale, 2014Kristen Dubo, 2014Curt Godier & Chad JohnsonState
Miss Gay Kansas AmericaMelinda Ryder, 1985Jade Sinclair, 2013Brown Sugar, 2013Vanna VincentRegional
Miss Gay Louisiana AmericaTiffany Alexander, 1991Mercedes Ellis Loreal, 2013Delanie Valentine, 2013David GreenState
Miss Gay Maryland AmericaStaci Maxwell, 1985Alondra Sanchez, 2014Miss D. Meaner, 2014Bowers and AlascioState
Miss Gay Mid-AmericaTasha Kohl, 1984 & MGA 1985Suzy Wong, 2013Sasha Leigh Chambers, 2013L&T EntertainmentRegional
Miss Gay Mid-AtlanticVicki Vox, 1987Patti Lovelace, 2013Deva Station, 2013Believe EntertainmentRegional
Miss Gay Mid-WestDonna Drag, 1978Vicki Valentino, 2013Tova Uravitch, 2013Klataske & VolkmanRegional
Miss Gay Missouri AmericaJulie Tomorrow, 1974Adria Andrews, 2014Taylor Madison Monroe, 2014Miss Gay Missouri Alumni AssociationState
Miss Gay New York AmericaCherry Pie, 1999(R), 2013(R), 2013Charles IavaroneState
Miss Gay North Carolina AmericaBrandy Alexander, 1980Lauren Scott, 2013Brittney O'Bryan, 2013Von EntertainmentState
Miss Gay Northeast AmericaBrandi Alexander, 1985LeQuitcha Rodriguez, 2014Patti Lovelace, 2013Brown & KinnierRegional
Miss Gay Oklahoma AmericaTrudy Tyler, 1978Bianca LeBlanc, 2013Alizay Zane Paige, 20138305 ProductionState
Miss Gay Ohio AmericaSamantha, 1973Britney Blair, 2013Honey Below, 2013Believe EntertainmentState
Miss Gay Pennsylvania AmericaDanae Russo, 1991Georgia Versace Couture, 2013Victoria Robinson, 2013Stallions, Inc.State
Miss Gay Southern Elegance AmericaSummer Holiday, 1993Dextaci, 2013Trixie Larue, 2013David GreenRegional
Miss Gay Southern States AmericaAriel Nicole Knight Addams, 2013Ambrosia Edwards Black, 2013David GreenRegional
Miss Gay Tennessee AmericaGinger Roberts, 1977Venus Knight, 2013Jeffery CulbertState
Miss Gay Texas AmericaJodie Lane, 1974Alaina Marquez, 2013Alexia Crawford, 2013The Star of KC ProductionsState
Miss Gay Tri-States AmericaFrancesca Wakeland, 1980 & MGA 1983Rhoda Horse, 2012Charity Saude, 2014Trent ThomasRegional
List of Inactive State and Regional Pageants[8]
PreliminaryEmeritus TitleholderCurrent TitleholderFirst AlternateFranchise OwnerType
Miss Gay Alabama AmericaAshley Kruiz, 2006State
Miss Gay Alaska AmericaState
Miss Gay Atlantic Coast AmericaRegional
Miss Gay Blue Grass AmericaRegional
Miss Gay Central States AmericaCelebrity Starr, 1997Nikki Stevens, 2009Regional
Miss Gay Colorado AmericaNina Montaldo, 1980Dakota St. James (R)Sache' (R), 2006State
Miss Gay Delaware AmericaMahogany, 1989Tisha Towers, 2009State
Miss Gay Delta States AmericaLoreal Chilane, 1999Regional
Miss Gay Eastern States AmericaStephanie LaneAraya SparxxTruly FabuEric Gabbard and Michael SerioRegional
Miss Gay Georgia AmericaLoreal Chilane, 1996Ginger Manchester (R, 2006)Stephanie Lane (R), 2006State
Miss Gay Great LakesElaine St. Shotz, 1983Regional
Miss Gay Heart of AmericaVicki Vincent, 1986 & MGA 1989Sally Sparkles, 2011Regional
Miss Gay Heartland AmericaAshlyn Taylor, 2005Brionna Brooks, 2009Moltyn Decadence, 2009Regional
Miss Gay Idaho AmericaState
Miss Gay Indiana AmericaAmber Richards, 1978Erica King, 2005State
Miss Gay Iowa AmericaSandra Truit, 1989Chanel Cavalier, 2006State
Miss Gay Kentucky AmericaState
Miss Gay Keystone AmericaRegional
Miss Gay Land of Enchantment AmericaRegional
Miss Gay Las Vegas AmericaRegional
Miss Gay Michigan AmericaDani Daletto, 1975 & MGA 1976Trish Stevens, 1987State
Miss Gay Mid-EastCoti Collins, 2008Emory Starr, 2012Regional
Miss Gay Mid-South AmericaRegional
Miss Gay Mississippi AmericaState
Miss Gay Montana AmericaState
Miss Gay Nevada AmericaState
Miss Gay Nebraska America1986State
Miss Gay New Hampshire AmericaState
Miss Gay New Jersey AmericaRobin Wayne, 1988Tyler Alyxander, 1990State
Miss Gay New Mexico AmericaState
Miss Gay North Regional AmericaRegional
Miss Gay North Dakota AmericaState
Miss Gay Northern States AmericaRegional
Miss Gay Northwest AmericaRegional
Miss Gay Oregon AmericaState
Miss Gay Rhode Island AmericaState
Miss Gay Smokey Mountain AmericaRegional
Miss Gay South Regional AmericaMichael Andrews,1976Kofi, 2013Morgan WoodsRodney SeilerRegional
Miss Gay South Carolina AmericaState
Miss Gay South DakotaState
Miss Gay Southeast AmericaEmory Starr, 2011Jessica Deveraux, 2012Regional
Miss Gay Southwest AmericaTasha Kohl, 1983Regional
Miss Gay Utah AmericaState
Miss Gay Vermont AmericaState
Miss Gay Virginia AmericaMelissa Lan, 1986Jazmen Diamond, 2012Limited Regional
Miss Gay Washington AmericaState
Miss Gay Western States AmericaTruly Fabu, 1998Chantel Reshae, 2013Truly Fabu, 2013Regional
Miss Gay West VirginiaDina Jackson, 1986Ashley Banks, 2014Jada Bee, 2014Coby Myers-PromoterState
Miss Gay Wisconsin AmericaState
Miss Gay Wyoming AmericaState


Historically, pageant competition consisted of interview, evening gown and talent categories. Later a Contemporary Fashion category for sportswear was added. After about a decade it was changed to Creative Fashion, a category that was never fully understood by judges or contestants and was later changed to Creative Costume. It was eventually replaced with Solo Talent.[citation needed] While some of the contestants perform live vocal, dance or comedy skits, the vast majority showcase their talent of lip syncing to prerecorded music. Current categories are Male Interview, Solo Talent, Evening Gown, On-Stage Interview, and Talent.[9]

Currently, the 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 fifth night, typically at a larger and more formal venue, and the top 10 finalists are announced. These finalists then compete again in evening gown, stage interview, and production talent. At the end of the final pageant, the top four runners-up are announced and the winner is crowned.[10]

List of past winners[edit]

Miss Gay America Winners
YearTitleholderGiven NameCrowning VenueFirst AlternateSecond AlternateNotes
1973Norma KristieNorman JonesWatch Your Hat & Coat Saloon, Nashville, TennesseeCharlie BrownGenie DeeAs the first Miss Gay America titleholder, Norma Kristie holds the title of Miss Gay America Emeritus. In 1975, he assumed ownership of the pageant and ran it until his retirement in 2005.
1974Lady BaronessaCarmel SantiagoThe Glass Menagerie Nightclub, Nashville, TennesseeRoski FenandezBillie BootsLady Baronessa's full name was "The Lady Baroness Maria Andrea Del Santiago". Lady Baronessa assisted in the operations of Norma Kristie, Inc. until his passing in 1992.
1975Shawn LuisAtlanta Americana Hotel Ballroom, Atlanta, GeorgiaShawn LuisRoski Fernandez
1976-AShan CovingtonThe Depository Nightclub, Houston, TexasMichael AndrewsDani Daletto, Miss Gay Michigan AmericaTitle revoked for unbecoming conduct.
1976-BDani DalettoJose MondelanoVapors Nightclub, Hot Springs, ArkansasDani Daletto was crowned in a special ceremony at the 1976 Miss Gay South Pageant held at Vapors Nightclub in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
1977Michael AndrewsMichael AndrolewiczThe Old Plantation Nightclub, Houston, TexasNaomi Sims, Miss Gay Texas AmericaShannon ForresterMichael Andrews also held the 1986 emeritus title of Miss Gay USofA. Andrews has also appeared in a number of films.[11]
1978Jimi DeeJimmy DillardMachinist's Hall, St. Louis, MissouriHot Chocolate, Miss Gay Atlanta FFILady ShawnJimi Dee was best known for his illusion of Diana Ross.
1979Rachel Wells[12]John GreenwellFox Theater, Atlanta, GeorgiaHot Chocolate, Miss Gay Texas AmericaLady Shawn
1980Hot ChocolateLarry EdwardsAtlanta Convention Center, Atlanta, GeorgiaLady Shawn, Miss Gay Texas AmericaDana ManchesterHot Chocolate is known for his celebrity female impersonations of Tina Turner. He also appeared in the films "What's Love Got to Do With It" and "Miss Congeniality 2".[13]
1981Lady ShawnMasonic Temple, Detroit, MichiganGenevieve Ryder, Miss Gay Missouri AmericaJennifer Foxx
1982Jennifer FoxxBobby BrunoDallas Convention Center, Dallas, TexasFrancesca WakelandTasha Kohl, Miss Gay Texas America
1983Francesca WakelandJon MeadowsOvens Auditorium, Charlotte, North CarolinaTasha Kohl, Miss Gay Southwest AmericaNaomi Sims
1984Tasha KohlJerry FaulknerOklahoma City Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OklahomaNaomi Sims, Miss Gay South Regional AmericaStella Starr, Miss Gay North Carolina AmericaTasha Kohl is notable for his creative and eccentric costuming and performance choices. He has also held the title of Miss National Entertainer of the Year, 1991.
1985Naomi SimsNewman S. BraudDallas Convention Center, Dallas, TexasFritz Capone, Miss Gay Kansas AmericaMelinda Ryder, Miss Gay Missouri AmericaNaomi Sims was known as the "eyes of Texas" and revered for his stellar dancing skills. Naomi also held the 1990 emeritus title to Miss National Entertainer of the Year, and 1985 National Female Impersonator of the Year.
1986Lauren ColbyRobb RobinsonIndianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis, IndianaDiana Black, Miss Gay Great Lakes AmericaToni Lenoir, Miss Gay North CarolinaLauren Colby has the unique distinction of having won Miss Gay America on his first attempt at the national crown.
1987Blaze StarrDallas Convention Center, Dallas, TexasCherry Lane, Second Alternate to Miss Gay ArkansasKelly Ray
1988Cherry LaneMichael SmothersFox Theater-Atlanta, GeorgiaRachel MastersValerie Lohr, Miss Gay Texas America
1989Vicki VincentRoger PiattDallas Convention Center, Dallas, TexasBrandi Alexander, Miss Gay North Regional AmericaSweet Savage, Miss Gay Texas America
1990Brandi AlexanderRandy FenoliDallas Convention Center, Dallas, TexasValerie Lohr, Miss Gay Midwest AmericaTiffany BonetRandy Fenoli used his prize money to enroll in the Fashion Institute of Technology. He is currently the television host of Say Yes to the Dress.
1991Valerie LohrGary LytleDallas Convention Center, Dallas, TexasCoco, Miss Gay South Regional AmericaTiffany Bonet
1992Tiffany BonetAcey HendricksMajestic Theater, Dallas, TexasLeslie RageBlair Williams, Miss Gay North Carolina America
1993Leslie RageLeslie DeLaCruzMajestic Theater, Dallas, TexasCocoDieta Pepsi, Miss Gay Heart of AmericaLeslie Rage declined an opportunity to dance with Siegfried & Roy in Las Vegas in order to serve as Miss Gay America.
1994Jacqulyn DeVaroeDarius Cordell MurphyMajestic Theater, Dallas, TexasRamona LeGer'Coppa LeMayJacqueline DeVaroe also held the title of Miss Gay USofA 1997.
1995-ARamona LeGer'Louis MarcelloMajestic Theater, Dallas, TexasPatti Le Plae Safe, Miss Gulf States AmericaNicole Dubois, Miss Gay Southern Elegance AmericaRamona LeGer' died 5 months into his reign due to complications from AIDS.
1995-BPatti Le Plae SafeRodd GreyRobinson Center Music Auditorium, Little Rock, ArkansasPatti Le Plae Safe was crowned Miss Gay America 1995 in a special ceremony prior to the 1996 pageant in Little Rock, Arkansas.
1996Kerri NicholsJeff CapellRobinson Center Music Auditorium, Little Rock, ArkansasLauren Taylor, Miss Gay Texas AmericaLinda Carrero
1997Lauren TaylorDarrell CantuOvens Auditorium, Charlotte, North CarolinaLaken EdwardsLana EastmanLauren Taylor also held the title of Miss Gay USofA 1998.
1998Maya MontanaOvens Auditorium, Charlotte, North CarolinaLinda Carrero, Miss Gay Mid-AmericaLana Eastman
1999Linda CarreroOmar ReyesAthena Theater, Little Rock, ArkansasKirby Colby, Miss Gay West Virginia AmericaCatia Lee Love
2000Catia Lee LoveAron HarveyLincoln Theater, Washington D.C.Charity Case, Miss Gay Southern Elegance AmericaKirby KolbyCatia is also former Miss Gay Oklahoma America 1998, and Miss Gay USofA Classic 2011.
2001Charity CaseMarc ColemanAthena Theater, Little Rock, ArkansasSabrina WhiteDominique SanchezCharity Case is the longest competing Miss Gay America winner. He competed 14 times in various state and regional pageants between 1984 and 2001 before winning the Miss Gay America 2001 title.
2002Sabrina WhiteRussell MarcumDallas Convention Center-Dallas, TexasKitty Bob Aimes, Miss Gay Oklahoma AmericaAngela Dodd
2003Dominique SanchezChris WilliamsAthena Theater-Little Rock, ArkansasJayda Alexander, Miss Gay Louisiana AmericaAngela DoddDominique has also has held the titles of Miss Gay Arkansas America 1998 and Miss Gay USofA 2010.
2004Rachael ErikksAthena Theater, Little Rock, ArkansasAlana Steele, Miss Gay Indiana AmericaTruly Fabu
2005Raquel ChevallierAthena Theater, Little Rock, ArkansasAlina Meletti, Miss Gay Florida AmericaAlyssa Edwards
2006Nicole DuBoisTommy DavisCannon Center, Memphis, TennesseeCoti Collins, Miss Gay East Coast AmericaVictoria Parker
2007LusciousCannon Center, Memphis, TennesseeCoti Collins, Miss Gay North CarolinaChantel ReshaeLuscious has also held the title of Miss Gay USofA 2011.
2008Mikayla KayJosh BolinHoliday Inn Select Airport Grand Ballroom, Memphis, TennesseeLayla Larue, Miss Gay Southern Elegance AmericaVictoria DePaula, Miss Gay Midwest America
2009Victoria DePaulaCarl GloriosoMillennium Hotel Grand Ballroom, St. Louis, MissouriChantel Reshae, Miss Gay East Coast AmericaCoti Collins, Miss Gay Mideast America
2010-AAlyssa Edwards[14]Justin JohnsonMillennium Hotel Ballroom, St. Louis, MissouriCoco Montrese, Miss Gay Heart of AmericaJessica Jade, Miss Gay D.C. AmericaTitle revoked due to scheduling conflicts.
MGA 2010-BCoco MontreseMartin CooperThe Grey Fox Nightclub, St. Louis, Missouri
MGA 2011Coti CollinsDavid LowmanLifestyles Pavilion Auditorium, Columbus, OhioJessica Jade, Miss Gay Mid-East AmericaChantel Reshae, Miss Gay Gulf States AmericaCoti Collins is the second longest competing Miss Gay America winner.
MGA 2012Kirby KolbyMark SmithCapitol Theatre at the Riffe Center, Columbus, OhioJessica Jade, Miss Gay Atlantic StatesJenna Skyy, Miss Gay Texas America
2013Sally SparklesMichael SharpSheraton Hotel Ballroom, Columbus, OhioBlair Williams, First Alternate to Miss Gay Mid-AmericaJessica Jade, Miss Gay Southern Elegance America
2014Jessica JadeBilly WilsonMillennium Hotel Ball Room, St. Louis, MissouriBlair Williams, Miss Gay D.C. AmericaKrista Collins, Miss Gay Missouri America

Notable events[edit]

Shan Covington's title revocation[edit]

In 1976, Shan Covington's title was revoked 7 months into his reign for conduct unbecoming of a Miss Gay America titleholder. The title was offered to the 1976 First Alternate, Michael Andrews, who declined because he wanted to win the title. The title was then passed to the 1976 Second Alternate, Dani Daletto. This incident sparked the development of the current mandatory first alternate succession rules.[citation needed]

Showtime's Dream Boy's Revue[edit]

In 1985, titleholder Naomi Sims was also the crowned winner of the 1985 National Female Impersonator of the Year contest. That contest was organized by Norma Kristie, Inc., owner of the Miss Gay America pageant, but was created, produced and televised by the Showtime network in a television special called Dream Boy's Revue. The audience believed the pageant was real, but according to "finalist" Rachel Wells, the pageant was staged and each of the contestants were paid substantially to "compete." Additionally, the televised special faced issues with copyright infringement associated with certain lip syncing performances, which required much of the talent portion of the show to be dubbed when it was aired.[citation needed]

Death of titleholder Ramona LeGer'[edit]

In 1995, titleholder Ramona LeGer' passed away 5 months into his reign due to complications from AIDS. First Alternate Patti Le Plae Safe requested not to be crowned or wear the crown during the pageant year, instead serving as the official Miss Gay America Representative to honor Ramona LeGer's memory. Patti Le Plae Safe was crowned Miss Gay America 1995 in a special ceremony prior to the 1996 pageant in Little Rock, Arkansas. Patti donated large portions of his performance fees to AIDS charities while representing Miss Gay America 1995.[citation needed]

Alyssa Edwards' title revocation[edit]

In 2010, winner Alyssa Edwards had his title revoked due to scheduling conflicts with previous engagements and his Miss Gay America duties. The title was passed to the 2010 First Alternate, Coco Montrese, who was crowned in a special ceremony at The Grey Fox Nightclub in St. Louis, MO. Alyssa Edwards and Coco Montrese appeared as contestants in Season Five of RuPaul's Drag Race, where the 2010 Miss Gay America pageant issues and animosity between Alyssa and Coco played a central theme throughout the season. L&T Productions later released a statement about the dramatized events, explaining their reasons for revoking Alyssa's title and their lack of knowledge about how this issue would be portrayed in the television series. They had been approached by the producers to provide copyright clearance for both Alyssa's and Coco's official Miss Gay America photos.[citation needed]

Mr. Gay All-American[edit]

The Mr. Gay All-American Contest was founded by Norma Kristie, Inc. in 1983 by the operators of Miss Gay America, Norman Jones and Carmel Santiago (Lady Baronessa, Miss Gay America 1974). The MGAA Contest was started to provide a venue for gay men to showcase their intellect, community service, and talent. It launched careers in professional entertainment for many young gay men. MGAA was the first contest of its kind, and its winner was considered to be the co-titleholder to Miss Gay America.

In 1995, Jones sold the Mr. Gay All-American Contest to Gib Hauersperger, who had been the contest director since the death of Carmel Santiago. Hauersperger operated the pageant until his retirement in 1999. Paul Lopez (Mr. Gay All-American 2000) operated the contest from 1999 to 2003, when Richard Greer (Mr. Gay All-American 1999) assumed the directorial role. John Beebe (Mr. Gay All-American 1996) succeeded Greer as director. In 2009, Beebe and Hauersperger announced that the Mr. Gay All-American Contest system would cease operations indefinitely.[15]

Mr. Gay All-American Titleholders
1983, 1984Ron East
1985Keith Mitchell
1986Ered Matthew
1987Medwin Johnson
1988Brad Bemis
1989Patrick Boyd
1990Milo Masters
1991TJ McKay
1992John Michael Gordon
1993EJ White
1994David Pace
1995John Reny
1996John Martin Beebe
1997Jonathan George
1998Antonio Edwards
1999Richard Greer
2000Kristian Martinez
2001Paul Lopez
2002Ryan Davis
2003Enrique Perez
2004Dave Morgan
2005Lucas Lander
2006John Lucas
2007Taz Bailey
2008Sebastian Armonte
2009Rasean Montrese

In film[edit]

The 2008 documentary film Pageant presents a behind-the-scenes look at the 34th Miss Gay America pageant and some of the competitors, many of whom have since won the title of Miss Gay America.[16]

In 1982, Elizabeth Gracen, 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.[17]


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