Drag pageantry

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Drag pageantry is a highly developed form of pageantry for female impersonators and trans women, styled after traditional beauty pageants or beauty contests.

In more recent years, it has also evolved into a highly developed form of pageantry for male impersonators and transmen, modeled in the same style and spirit as female-centered pageantry (see above).

Pageants in the United States[edit]

National drag pageants became enmeshed within the gay community during the 1970s, and have become increasingly prevalent since. The first drag pageants were held in individual gay bars, and discothèques during the post Stonewall era. Drag pageants evolved independently, in the decade subsequent to the first gay Mardi Gras coronations.

Miss Gay America[edit]

Main article: Miss Gay America

Mirroring the format of the Miss America contest, the first national gay pageant Miss Gay America (MGA) was held in 1972 at the Watch Your Hat & Coat Saloon in Nashville, Tennessee, Nashville's first gay dance and show bar. Jerry Peek opened this bar in 1971, and was an instant sensation. Not only with the gay patrons, but also with the straight crowd. Norma Kristie, state representative of Arkansas, was crowned as the winner of the 1973 Miss Gay America Pageant, and in 1975 Norman "Norma Kristie" Jones took ownership of the pageant from Jerry Peek, who founded the Miss Gay America Pageant. Norman Jones would form Norma Kristie, Inc. and operate the pageant and its network of preliminaries for the next 30 years.

In February 2005, the Miss Gay America pageantry system was purchased by Larry Tyger and Terry Eason of L & T Entertainment. Currently, contestants are judged in 5 categories: Male Interview, Solo Talent, Evening Gown, Stage Question & Answer, and Production Talent.

Former titleholders[edit]

YEAR TITLEHOLDER GIVEN NAME FIRST ALTERNATE CROWNING VENUE NOTES
1973 Norma Kristie, Miss Gay Arkansas America Norman Jones Charlie Brown Watch Your Hat & Coat Saloon, Nashville, Tennessee Retired From Regular Performances
1974 Lady Baronessa, Miss Gay Illinois America Carmel Santiago Roski Fernandez The Glass Menagery Nightclub, Nashville, Tennessee Deceased, 1992 - *1
1975 Shawn Luis, Roski Fernandez Atlanta Americana Hotel Ballroom, Atlanta, Georgia Retired
1976A Shan Covington, Michael Andrews The Depository Nightclub, Houston, Texas Decrowned, Deceased - *2
1976B Dani Daletto, Miss Gay Michigan America Jose Mondelano Vapors Nightclub, Hot Springs, Arkansas Deceased, 1989
1977 Michael Andrews, Michael Androlewicz Naomi Simms The Old Plantation Nightclub, Houston, Texas Deceased, 1989
1978 Jimi Dee, Miss Gay South Regional America Hot Chocolate, Miss Gay Texas America Machinist's Hall, St. Louis, Missouri Deceased
1979 Rachel Wells, Miss Gay South Regional America, First Alternate John Greenwell Hot Chocolate Fox Theater, Dallas, Texas Retired, 2006 [1]
1980 Hot Chocolate, Miss Gay East Coast America Larry Edwards Lady Shawn, Miss Gay Texas America Atlanta Convention Center, Atlanta, Georgia Las Vegas Headliner
1981 Lady Shawn, Miss Gay East Coast America Genevieve Ryder, Miss Gay Missouri America Masonic Temple, Detroit, Michigan Deceased
1982 Jennifer Foxx, Miss Gay North Regional America Bobby Bruno Francesca Wakeland, Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas -
1983 Francesca Wakeland, Jon Meadows Tasha Kohl, Miss Gay Texas Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte, North Carolina Retired
1984 Tasha Kohl, Miss Gay Mid-America Jerry Faulkner Naomi Sims, Miss Gay South Regional America Oklahoma City Convention Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Retired From Regular Performances
1985 Naomi Sims, Miss Gay Tri-States America Newman S. Braud Fritz Capone Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, TX Deceased, 1992
1986 Lauren Colby, Miss Gay North Carolina America, First Alternate Diana Black, Miss Gay Great Lakes America Indianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana -
1987 Blaze Starr, Miss Gay Tri-States America ? Cherry Lane Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas Retired
1988 Cherry Lane, Miss Gay Tri-States America Michael Smothers Rachel Masters Fox Theater-Atlanta, Georgia Retired
1989 Vicki Vincent, Miss Gay Mid-Atlantic States America Roger Piatt Brandi Alexander, Miss Gay North Regional America Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas -
1990 Brandi Alexander Randy Fenoli Valerie Lohr, Miss Gay Texas America Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas Retired
1991 Valerie Lohr, Miss Gay South Regional America, First Alternate Gary Lytle Coco, Miss Gay Texas America Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas -
1992 Tiffany Bonet, Miss Gay Mid-Atlantic States America Leslie Rage Majestic Theater, Dallas, Texas -
1993 Leslie Rage, Miss Gay Mid-East America Coco Majestic Theater, Dallas, Texas Deceased
1994 Jacqueline DeVaroe, Miss Gay Delta States America, First Alternate Darius Cordell Ramona LeGer' Majestic Theater, Dallas, Texas Retired
1995-A Ramona LeGer', Miss Gay Mid-East America Patti Le Plae Safe, Miss Gay Gulf States America Majestic Theater, Dallas, Texas Deceased, 1995 - *3
1995-B Patti Le Plae Safe, Miss Gay Gulf States America Rodd Grey Nicole Dubois, Miss Gay Southern Elegance Robinson Center Music Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas (During the 1996 Pageant) -
1996 Kerri Nichols, Miss Gay Mid-America Lauren Taylor Robinson Center Music Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas -
1997 Lauren Taylor, Miss Gay Texas America Laken Edwards Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte, North Carolina Retired
1998 Maya Montana, Miss Gay Virginia America Linda Carrero Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte, North Carolina -
1999 Linda Carrero, Miss Gay Mid-Atlantic America Omar Reyes Kirby Colby, Miss Gay West Virginia America Athena Theater, Little Rock, Arkansas -
2000 Catia Lee Love, Miss Gay Mid-America America Aron Harvey Charity Case, Miss Gay Southern Elegance America Lincoln Theater, Washington D.C. -
2001 Charity Case, Miss Gay Central States America Mark Coleman Sabrina White Athena Theater, Little Rock, Arkansas -
2002 Sabrina White, Miss Gay Mid-Atlantic America Russell Marcum Kitty Bob Aimes, Miss Gay Oklahoma America Dallas Convention Center-Dallas, Texas -
2003 Dominique Sanchez, Miss Gay Mid-America Chris Williams Jayda Alexander, Miss Gay Louisiana America, First Alternate Athena Theater-Little Rock, Arkansas -
2004 Rachael Erikks, Miss Gay Heart of America Alana Steele, Miss Gay Indiana America, First Alternate Athena Theater, Little Rock, Arkansas -
2005 Raquel Chevallier, Miss Gay Tri-States America Alina Meletti, Miss Gay Florida, First Alternate Athena Theater, Little Rock, Arkansas -
2006 Nicole DuBois, Miss Gay Mid-America Tommy Davis Coti Collins, Miss Gay East Coast America Cannon Center, Memphis, Tennessee -
2007 Luscious, Miss Gay Western States America Coti Collins, Miss Gay North Carolina America Cannon Center, Memphis, Tennessee -
2008 Mikaila Kay, Miss Gay Western States America, First Alternate Josh Bolin Layla Larue, Miss Gay Southern Elegance America, First Alternate Holiday Inn Select Airport Grand Ballroom-Memphis, Tennessee -
2009 Victoria DePaula, Miss Gay District of Columbia (D.C.) America Carl Glorioso Chantel Reshae, Miss Gay East Coast America Millennium Hotel Grand Ballroom-St. Louis, Missouri -
2010-A Alyssa Edwards, Miss Gay Heartland America, First Alternate[2] Justin Johnson Coco Montrese, Miss Gay Heart of America Millennium Hotel Ballroom, St. Louis, Missouri Decrowned - *4
2010-B Coco Montrese, Miss Gay Heart of America Martin Cooper Jessica Jade, Miss Gay District of Columbia (D.C.) America The Grey Fox Nightclub, St. Louis, Missouri -
2011 Coti Collins, Miss Gay District of Columbia (D.C.) America David Lowman Jessica Jade, Miss Gay Mid-East America Lifestyles Pavilion Auditorium, Columbus, Ohio *5
2012 Kirby Kolby, Miss Gay District of Columbia (D.C.) America Mark Smith Jessica Jade, Miss Gay Atlantic States The Capitol Theatre at the Riffe Center, Columbus, Ohio -
2013 Sally Sparkles, Miss Gay Mid-America Michael Sharp Blair Williams, Miss Gay Mid-America, First Alternate The Sheraton Hotel Ball Room, Columbus, Ohio -
2014 Jessica Jade, Miss Gay East Coast America Billy Wilson Blair Williams, Miss Gay D.C. America The Millennium Hotel Grand Ball Room St. Louis, MO -
  • *1 Lady Baronessa's full name was "The Lady Baroness Maria Andrea del Santiago."
  • *2 Shan Covington had his title revoked for conduct unbecoming a Miss Gay America titleholder. The title was offered to the 1976 First Alternate, Michael Andrews, who passed it up because he wanted to win the title. The title was then passed to the 1976 Second Alternate, Dani Daletto. Dani Daletto was crowned in a special ceremony at the 1976 Miss Gay South Pageant held at Vapors Nightclub in Hot Springs, AR.
  • *3 Ramona LeGer' died 5 months into his reign. 1995 First Alternate, Patti Le Plae Safe, requested not to be crowned or wear the crown during the pageant year in Romona's memory. Patti La Plae Safe served as the official Miss Gay America Representative, until the night of the 1996 Miss Gay America Pageant, at which he was finally crowned the official 1995 Miss Gay America in a special ceremony.
  • *4 Alyssa 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.
  • *5 Coti Collins is the longest competing Miss Gay America winner. His first appearance at Miss Gay America was in 1988 as the First Alternate from the Miss Gay West Virginia America franchise.

Miss Continental U.S.A.[edit]

Main article: Miss Continental

As MGA grew in popularity, many professional female impersonators found they were unable to compete in the pageant due to its prohibition against the use of hormones, silicone injections (below the neck), and/or breast implants. Aside from the prestige of holding a national title, the MGA crown afforded the winner guaranteed show bookings at every state preliminary held during the title year. For the winner, the MGA crown turned what was often local, part-time work into a full-time job. As many transsexual and trans-gender performers used drag shows as a source of income, it was only natural that a pageantry system would evolve to meet their needs.

In 1980, Chicago nightclub promoter Jim Flint, owner of the Baton Show Lounge, filled this void with the creation of the Miss Continental U.S.A. Pageant. Contestants were scored in interview, swim wear, talent, and evening gown; for the finalists, an on stage question. The first Miss Continental was Chili Pepper, who has never had implants. Chili, the first Miss Continental represents female impersonation in its truest form. The Continental Pageantry System became renowned for its "titty girls," or pre-operative transsexual contestants.

List of Former Miss Continental Titleholders:

(All winners were crowned in Chicago, IL)

YEAR TITLEHOLDER FIRST ALTERNATE SECOND ALTERNATE THIRD ALTERNATE FOURTH ALTERNATE FIFTH ALTERNATE Notes
1980 Chilli Pepper Andrea Necole Dena Jacobs ? ? N/A
1981 Heather Fontaine Tiffany Arieagus Amber Richards Dana Douglas Chena Black N/A
1982 Tiffany Arieagus Chena Black Dena Jacobs Andrea Necole Cherine Alexander N/A
1983 Chena Black Cherine Alexander ? ? ? N/A Deceased
1984 Cherine Alexander Dena Jacobs Dawn Dupree Candi Stratton Kelly Lauren N/A Deceased
1985 Maya Douglas Candi Stratton Alana Kela Shante Tissy Malone N/A
1986 Tandi Andrews Dana Douglas Ginger Grant Shante Alana Kela N/A Deceased
1987 Dana Douglas ? ? ? ? N/A
1988 Kelly Lauren Shante Whitney Carlisle Nikki Adams Amber Richards N/A
1989 Lakesha Lucky Christina D’Angelo Chanel Dupree Ginger Valdez Amber Richards N/A
1990 Chanel Dupree Lauren Michaels Monica Munro Mimi Marks Bobbie Blake N/A
1991 Amber Richards Chena Kelly Monica Munro Brandy Lee Karen Alexander N/A Deceased
1992 Mimi Marks C’ezanne Christina Pagette Sasha Valentino Tasha Long N/A
1993 Monica Munro Kelly Anderson Michelle Mitchells Natasha Mills Tasha Long Obsession
1994 C’ezanne Paris Frantz Natasha Richards Angela Carrera Sherri Payne Danielle Hunter
1995 Lady Catiria Natasha Richards Paris Frantz Sasha Valentino Jasmine Bonet N/A Deceased
1996 Paris Frantz Tasha Long Basia Danielle Hunter Tommie Ross N/A
1997 Tasha Long Ashley Kruiz Danielle Hunter Amy Demilo Damieanne Devine N/A
1998 Michelle Dupree Silkie Munro Sasha Valentino Erica Andrews Armani N/A
1999 Tommie Ross Erika Norell Michelle Mitchells Kourtney Van Wales Sasha Valentino N/A
2000 Danielle Hunter Erika Norell Candis Cayne Amalia Black Tina Sparkles N/A
2001 Candis Cayne Yoshiko Oshiro Raquel Lord Sasha Valentino Amalia Black Erica Andrews
2002 Yoshiko Oshiro Barbra Herr Armani Raquel Lord Stasha Sanchez N/A
2003 Erika Norell Fontasia L’Amour Stasha Sanchez Lorna Vando Regine Phillips N/A
2004 Erica Andrews Sasha Valentino Alexis Gabrielle Sherrington Barbra Herr Regine Phillips N/A Deceased
2005 Domanique Shappelle Sasha Valentino Alexis Gabrielle Sherrington Jasmine Bonet Sasha Colby N/A
2006 Victoria LePaige Necole Luv Dupree Regine Phillips Mokha Montrese Jasmine International N/A
2007 Necole Luv Dupree Armani Alexis Gabrielle Sherrington Lorna Vando Jasmine International N/A
2008 Tulsi Sasha Colby Mokha Montrese Shantell DeMarco Melania Cortez N/A
2009 Armani Mokha Montrese Naysha Lopez Kim Moore Aurora Sexton N/A
2010 Mokha Montrese Sassy Devine Fontasia L’Amour Angel Cavali Melina Varela N/A
2011 Alexis Gabrielle Sherrington Fontasia L’Amour Tiffany Hunter Stasha Sanchez Jennifer St. Cartier N/A
2012 Sasha Colby Fontasia L’Amour Kourtney Van Wales Stasha Sanchez Queen Bee Hoe Tiffany Hunter
2013 Naysha Lopez Brooke Lynn Hytes Stasha Sanchez Aurora Sexton Tiffany Hunter Shantell DeMarco
2014 Winner 1st RU 2nd RU 3rd RU 4th RU 5th RU (If tie)

Miss Continental Plus Winners

  • 1991 - Ginger Grant
  • 1992 - Denise Russell
  • 1993 - Lady Catiria (Deceased)
  • 1994 - Erica Christian
  • 1995 - Carmella Marcella Garcia
  • 1996 - Victoria LePaige
  • 1997 - Dena Cass
  • 1998 - Santana T. Summers (Deceased)
  • 1999 - Terri Williams
  • 2000 - Tumara Mahorning
  • 2001 - Angel Sherdian
  • 2002 - Chevelle Brooks
  • 2003 - Victoria Parker
  • 2004 - Angelica Sanchez
  • 2005 - Amaya
  • 2006 - Desiree Demornay
  • 2007 - Tajma Hall (Deceased)
  • 2008 - Mercedes Tyler
  • 2009 - CoCo Van Cartier
  • 2010 - Roxxxy Andrews
  • 2011 - Chelsea Pearl
  • 2012 - Tanisha Cassadine
  • 2013 - Whitney Paige (Deceased)
  • 2013 - Farra N. Hyte (Succeeded)
  • 2014 - Tahjee Iman

Miss Continental Elite Winners

  • 2004 - Nikki Adams
  • 2005 - Barbra Herr
  • 2006 - Maya Douglas
  • 2007 - Danielle Hunter
  • 2008 - Angel Sheridan
  • 2009 - Michelle Fighter
  • 2010 - Electra
  • 2011 - Daesha Richards
  • 2012 - Dana Douglas
  • 2013 - Kourtney Van Wales
  • 2014 - Lady Charisse Estrada

Mr. Continental Winners

  • 2004 - Carl Harris (Dethroned)
  • 2004 - Ray Matthews
  • 2005 - Antonio Edwards
  • 2006 - Tony Desario
  • 2007 - Simba Hall
  • 2008 - Rasean Montrese
  • 2009 - David "Freklz" Hunter
  • 2010 - Christopher Iman
  • 2011 - Nick Gray
  • 2012 - Phillip Alexander
  • 2013 - Angel Amador
  • 2014 - Kalil Valentino

National Entertainer Of The Year http://www.eoy.net[edit]

This contest was created by George Stinson and Ed Lewis, owners of the successful Connection Complex in Louisville, Kentucky. They drew their inspiration from Female Impersonator of the Year, a one-time pageant event held in Houston in 1985, hosted by Ruth Buzzi and Lyle Waggoner, and released as a cable-TV special and home video. The winner of that contest, the late Naomi Sims (Newman Braud), is honored as EOY Emeritus.

YEAR TITLEHOLDER FIRST ALTERNATE SECOND ALTERNATE NOTES
Emeritus(held 1985) Naomi Sims Michael Andrews ? Deceased
1991 Tasha Kohl Charity Case Leslie Rage
1992 Amazing Grace Charity Case Ashley Kruiz Deceased
1993 Shayla Simpson Tandi Andrews Terri Vanessa Coleman Deceased
1994 Electra Sweet Savage Danielle Hunter
1995 Coco Ashley Kruiz Natasha Richards Deceased
1996 Monica Munro Bianca Paige Stephanie Wells
1997 Maya Douglas Ashley Kruiz Angel Sheridan
1998 Daisy DeadPetals Necole Luv Dupree Angel Sheridan
1999 Stephanie Bofill Whitney Paige Roxie Hart Deceased
2000 Roxie Hart Raven Versage
2001 Raven Ashley Kruiz Necole Luv Dupree
2002 Necole Luv Dupree Victoria Parker Tamisha Iman
2003 Nina DiAngelo Whitney Paige Tamisha Iman
2004 Tasha Long Camille Simpson Jordan Kennedy
2005 Angelique Ali Catia Lee Love DeeRanged
2006 Erica Andrews DeeRanged Mokha Montrese Deceased
2007 DeeRanged Armani Kitty Litter
2008 Nina West Armani Domanique Shappelle
2009 Bianca Nicole Vanessa DeMornay Deangela Shannon
2010 Vanessa DeMornay Shangela Laquifa Wadley Erika Norell
2011 Aurora Sexton Trinity Taylor Kristina Kelly
2012 Mokha Montrese Raquell Lord Shae Shae LaReese
2013 Raquell Lord Brooke Lynn Hytes Alana Steele
2014 Trinity Taylor Alyssa Edwards Eureka O'Hara

Mr. Entertainer of the Year

  • 2002 - Carl Harris
  • 2003 - D'Andre
  • 2004 - Romeo Avila
  • 2005 - Rasean Montrese
  • 2006 - William Benion
  • 2007 - Monte St. James
  • 2008 - Savion Simpson
  • 2009 - Xavier Valentino Litter
  • 2010 - Alex Stabler
  • 2011 - Mykul Jay Valentine
  • 2012 - Xavier Cole
  • 2013 - David "Freklz" Hunter
  • 2014 - Matthew Jay Kelly

King Entertainer of the Year

In 2011, after years of pushing from EOY promoters and a final agreement from major sponsor Anheuser Busch, National EOY introduced an MI division. On a preliminary level, the first MI crowned into the EOY system was Joey Paige, who captured the title of Kentucky EOY King at the preliminary pageant in Louisville on July 3, 2011. This was the only EOY MI prelim contest held that year. Michigan EOY also sent a representative to Nationals that year, Spacee Kadett, though Spacee was appointed the title in the state. The remaining contestants for the first EOY King contest entered as open competitors, and such open entry into EOY King competition carried on for years to come.

In July of 2011, after national competition, EOY crowned Spacee Kadett as the first national king in its system. Spacee's victory and reign of kooky, campy, outrageous drag helped push drag kinging to a more daring and theatrical level across the US, and set a standard for kings in the EOY system.

NATIONAL TITLEHOLDERS

  • 2011 - Spacee Kadett (Michigan) / 1st Alt - Richard Cranium (Indiana)
  • 2012 - Mystikal (Kentucky) / 1st Alt - Spikey Van Dykey (Florida representing Tennessee)
  • 2013 - Owen McCord (Georgia) / 1st Alt - Michael Christian (Michigan)
  • 2014 - Chase McGroin (North Carolina)/ 1st Alt - Gunner Daimon Gatlyn (Arizona)

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Miss Gay USofA[edit]

Houston, Texas based MGA promoter Jerry Bird purchased the bankrupt Miss Gay USA pageant from former MGA Jimi Dee in 1985. (Fairfield, Carrie. "Interview with Jerry Bird". Retrieved 2006-08-17. ) Within a few years he took the pageant from a small twelve contestant affair to a national showcase with over eighty participants. In 1986, the first Miss Gay USA Naomi Sims crowned Michael Andrews. In the mid-1990s the pageant was renamed Miss Gay USofA after complaints and legal threats from the owner of Miss USA, Donald Trump, who placed a cease and desist order until verbiage could be agreed upon that allowed for both competitions to continue without confusion or discrimination.

There have been a wide range of contestants in the Miss USofA System, and it is interesting to note that many USofA titleholders also count the Miss Gay America crown as accomplishments in female impersonation. These include:

Naomi Sims, Miss Gay USA 1979 (Miss Gay America 1985); Michael Andrews, Miss Gay USA 1986 (Miss Gay America 1977); Jacquelyn DeVaroe, Miss Gay USofA 1997 (Miss Gay America 1994); Lauren Taylor, Miss Gay USofA 1998 (Miss Gay America 1997); Alyssa Edwards, Miss Gay USofA 2006 (Miss Gay America 2010, though Edwards was stripped of the title a few short months after winning the crown); Dominique Sanchez, Miss Gay USofA 2010 (Miss Gay America 2003); and, Luscious, Miss Gay USofA 2011 (Miss Gay America 2007).

List of Miss Gay USA, Miss Gay USofA, Miss Gay USofA Classic, Miss Gay USofA At-Large, Miss Gay USofA Newcomer, Mr. Gay USofA, Mr. Gay USofA At-Large, Mister USofA MI and Mister USofA MI Classic Titleholders[edit]

The following is the list of the winners of the Miss Gay U.S.A. Pageant — then a complete change of ownership — Miss Gay USA winners 1986 through 1994 and Miss Gay USofA winners from 1995 through present:

Miss Gay U.S.A.:

  • 1979 - Naomi Sims. Crowned at Numbers in Houston, Texas from a field of 36 contestants that included Miss Gay America 1976, Michael Andrews (who was named First Runner-up to Naomi Sims - a twist of irony, since Naomi Sims was named First Runner-up to Michael Andrews at the 1976 MGA pageant.) Deceased.
  • 1980 – Jahanau Reis, competing as Second Runner-up to Miss Gay USA - Texas, which was won by Sabrina Ross of Austin. First Runner-up Heather of Houston also competed in the national competition, which was held at Numbers once again. Runners-up to Miss Gay USA 1980 included Roskie Fernandez, Dena Jacobs and Sabrina Ross. Jahna later became famous as Jahna Steele, voted "Sexiest Showgirl on the Strip" in Las Vegas after transitioning to female - verified through her interview at www.carriefairfield.com DETHRONED – Deceased.
  • 1981 - Dina Jacobs accepted the title after Jauhna was dethroned.
  • 1982 – Eartha Kitt. Runners-up included Odessa Brown and Vonda DeLayne in the contest that was held at Austin Country Nightclub in Austin, TX. Deceased.
  • 1983 - Lady Nova Bernard
  • 1984 & 1985 – Lisa King (Crowned in Atlanta, confirmed by thelisaking at aol.com and her interview on CarrieFairfield.com)

Miss Gay USA: http://www.usofa.org

  • 1986 - Michael Andrews - from Houston, TX. Naomi Sims (deceased) was named Miss Gay USA Emeritus during the competition, which was held at the Copa in Houston. Deceased
  • 1987 – Diana Hutton – from Nashville, TN - Crowned in Columbia, SC - Deceased
  • 1988 - Tommie Ross - from Houston, TX - Crowned in Indianapolis, IN
  • 1989 - Netasha Edwards – from Indianapolis, IN - Crowned in St. Louis, MO - Deceased
  • 1990 - Cezanne - from Louisville, KY - Crowned in Atlanta, GA
  • 1991 - Sable Chanel – from Johnson City, TN - Crowned in Atlanta, GA - Retired
  • 1992 - Tandi Andrews – from San Antonio, TX - Crowned in San Antonio, TX - Deceased
  • 1993 - Sweet Savage - from San Antonio, TX - Crowned in San Antonio, TX
  • 1994 - Coco - from Dallas, TX - Crowned in St. Louis, MO - Deceased

Miss Gay USofA: http://www.usofa.org

  • 1995 - Maya Douglas - from Chicago, IL - Crowned in the Masonic Theater in Dayton, OH
  • 1996 - Natasha Richards - from Tampa, FL - Crowned in The Dallas Grand Hotel Ballroom in Dallas, TX
  • 1997 - Jacquelyn DeVaroe - from Norman, OK - Crowned in The Dallas Grand Hotel Ballroom in Dallas, TX - Retired
  • 1998 - Lauren Taylor – from Austin, TX - Crowned in The Dallas Grand Hotel Ballroom in Dallas, TX
  • 1999 - Erica Andrews - from San Antonio, TX - Crowned in The Dallas Grand Hotel Ballroom in Dallas, TX - Deceased
  • 2000 - Chevelle Brooks - from Houston, TX - Crowned in The Dallas Grand Hotel Ballroom in Dallas, TX
  • 2001 - Erika Norell - from Orlando, FL - Crowned in The Dallas Merchandise Mart in Dallas, TX
  • 2002 - Alexis Gabrielle Sherrington - from Jacksonville, FL - Crowned in the Adams Mark Hotel Ballroom in Dallas, TX
  • 2003 - Raquell Lord - from Atlanta, GA - Crowned in the Adams Mark Hotel Ballroom in Dallas, TX
  • 2004 - Layla LaRue - from San Antonio, TX - Crowned in the Adams Mark Hotel Ballroom in Dallas, TX
  • 2005 - Tamisha Iman - from Atlanta, GA - Crowned in the Adams Mark Hotel Ballroom in Dallas, TX
  • 2006 - Alyssa Edwards - from Dallas, TX - Crowned in the Adams Mark Hotel Ballroom in Dallas, TX
  • 2007 - Asia O'Hara - from Dallas, TX - Crowned in the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom in Dallas, TX
  • 2008 - Kara Young-Ross - from Las Vegas, NV - Crowned in the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom in Dallas, TX
  • 2009 - Stasha Sanchez - from Atlanta, GA - Crowned in the Sheraton Hotel Ballroom in Dallas, TX
  • 2010 - Dominique Sanchez - from Little Rock, AR - Crowned at the Lakewood Theater - Dallas, TX
  • 2011 - Luscious - from Charlotte, NC - Crowned at the House of Blues - Dallas, TX
  • 2012 - Lawanda Jackson from Houston, Texas - Crowned at the Palladium Ballroom - Dallas, TX
  • 2013 - ShaeShae LaReese from Laguna Niguel, CA - Crowned at the Palladium Ballroom - Dallas, TX
  • 2014 - Jenna Skyy from Dallas, TX - Crowned at the South Side Ballroom - Dallas, TX

Miss Gay USofA At Large: http://www.gayusofaatlarge.com

  • 1989 - Carmella Marcella Garcia
  • 1990 - Denise Russell
  • 1991 - Jeana Jones
  • 1992 - Nancy Newton
  • 1993 - Jaqueline St. James - Crowned at Club Cabaret in Hickory, NC
  • 1994 - Maxi Houston (Deceased)
  • 1995 - Chelsea Pearl - Crowned in Dayton, OH
  • 1996 - Stacey Holliday
  • 1997 - Whitney Paige - Crowned at Club Cabaret in Hickory, NC - Deceased
  • 1998 - Dena Cass
  • 1999 - Victoria LePaige - Crowned in Indianapolis, IN
  • 2000 - Kofi - Crowned in Houston, TX
  • 2001 - Niesha Dupree- Crowned at Club Odyssey in Winston-Salem, NC
  • 2002 - Alicia Markstone
  • 2003 - Kelexis Davenport
  • 2004 - Kitty Litter
  • 2005 - Raven St. James - Crowned at The Rose Room (Village Station) in Dallas, TX
  • 2006 - Kathryn York - Crowned at Inergy in Houston, TX
  • 2007 - Mahogany Knight - Crowned at the Saint in San Antonio, TX
  • 2008 - Tajma Hall - Crowned at the Saint in San Antonio, TX - Deceased
  • 2009 - April Reign - Crowned at Talbott Street in Indianapolis, IN
  • 2010 - Tahjee Iman - Crowned at The Honey Pot in Tampa, FL
  • 2011 - Desiree Demornay - Crowned at the Honey Pot in Tampa, FL
  • 2012 - Dorae Saunders - Crowned at The Parliament House in Orlando, FL
  • 2013 - Angelica Sanchez - Crowned at The Parliament House in Orlando, FL

Miss Gay USofA Classic: http://www.usofa.org

  • 2003 - Tina Devore - from Atlanta, GA - Emeritus
  • 2004 - Ginger Manchester - from Ft. Wayne, IN - crowned in St. Louis, MO
  • 2005 - Latoya Bacall - from Lexington, KY - crowned at the Round Up Saloon in Dallas, TX
  • 2006 - Chelsea Pearl - from Lexington, KY - crowned at the Round Up Saloon in Dallas, TX
  • 2007 - Anita Mann - from Springfield, IL - crowned at the Round Up Saloon in Dallas, TX
  • 2008 - Shae Shae LaReese - from Laguna Beach, CA - crowned at the Round Up Saloon in Dallas, TX
  • 2009 - Lawanda Jackson - from Houston, TX - crowned at the Round Up Saloon in Dallas, TX
  • 2010 - Whitney Paige - from Little Rock, AR - crowned at the Round Up Saloon in Dallas, TX - Deceased
  • 2011 - Catia Lee Love - from Tulsa, OK - crowned at the Round Up Saloon in Dallas, TX
  • 2012 - Layla LaRue - from Dallas/San Antonio, TX - crowned at the Round Up Saloon in Dallas, TX
  • 2013 - Amy DeMilo - from Tampa, FL - crowned at the Round Up Saloon in Dallas, TX
  • 2014 - Chevelle Brooks - from Orlando, FL - crowned at the Round Up Saloon in Dallas, TX

Miss Gay USofA Newcomer: http://www.missgayusofanewcomer.com

  • 2010 - Phalon M. Steele - crowned at Talbott Street in Indianapolis, IN
  • 2011 - Arianna Evans - crowned at the Honey Pot in Tampa, FL
  • 2012 - Ka`aliyah McKim Diamond - crowned at Angles Events Center in Oklahoma City, OK
  • 2013 - Tonica E. Cavalli - crowned at Angles Events Center in Oklahoma City, OK
  • 2014 - Kira Daniels - crowned at the Park Inn Champagne Ballroom in Dallas, TX

Mr. Gay USofA: http://www.mrgayusofa.com

  • 2008 - Ram Crawford - crowned in San Antonio, TX
  • 2009 - Simba Hall - crowned in San Antonio, TX
  • 2010 - David "Freklz" Hunter - crowned in San Antonio, TX
  • 2011 - GQ - crowned in Houston, TX
  • 2012 - Rasean Montrese - crowned in Houston, TX
  • 2013 - Christopher Iman- crowned in San Antonio, TX

Mr. Gay USofA At-Large: http://www.mrgayusofaatlarge.com

  • 2008 - Samson - crowned in San Antonio, TX
  • 2009 - Seymour Chilton - crowned in San Antonio, TX
  • 2010 - Ty Juan Jones - crowned in San Antonio, TX
  • 2011 - Felix "Big Fee" Correa - crowned in Houston, TX
  • 2012 - Nikko Andrews - crowned in Houston, TX
  • 2013 - O'Dey D. Brooks - Crowned in San Antonio, TX

Mister USofA MI: http://www.misterusofami.com

  • 2008 - Xander Kinidy - crowned in Oklahoma City, OK
  • 2009 - Richard Cranium - crowned in Oklahoma City, OK
  • 2010 - Amedeus K. York - crowned in Oklahoma City, OK
  • 2011 - Jordan Allen - crowned in Oklahoma City, OK
  • 2012 - Damian Matrix - crowned in Oklahoma City, OK
  • 2013 - Will Ryder - crowned in Oklahoma City, OK (resigned)
  • 2013 - Ivory Onyx - replaced Will Ryder after resignation
  • 2014 - Eazy Love - crowned in Nashville, TN

Mister USofA MI Classic: http://www.misterusofami.com

  • 2012 - Marc Meridian - crowned in Oklahoma City, OK
  • 2013 - D Luv Savyion - crowned in Oklahoma City, OK
  • 2014 - Brandon Packer - crowned in Nashville, TN

Miss DIVA USofA: (femme) http://www.missdivausofa.com

During the 1990s, the range and variety of drag pageantry continued to expand; however the "big four" pageant systems of MGA, Continental, USofA and EOY still dominated the market. New competitions with new requirements brought a wider variety of performers to drag pageantry. Contests for plus-sized, mature and African American female impersonators became popular.

All American Goddess[edit]

This is a new pageant system created by Scott Gonyaw.

  • 2007 - Latoya Bacall
  • 2008 - India Ferrah
  • 2009 - Candi Stratton
  • 2010 - Alyssa Edwards (Dethroned)
  • 2011 - Alana Steele
  • 2012 - Asia O'Hara
  • 2013 - Brittany Moore
  • 2014 - Sunny Dee-Lite

All American Goddess at Large

  • 2009 - Lawren LaMoore
  • 2010 - Kelexis Davenport
  • 2011 - Dena Cass
  • 2012 - Whitney Paige (Deceased)
  • 2013 - Danielle DeLong
  • 2014 - Brooklyn Starr

All American Gent

  • 2013 - Monte St. James

Universal Show Queen[edit]

This is a pageant held in Hawaii yearly.

  • 1984 - Linda DeCrimsen
  • 1985 - Cher Marissa
  • 1986 - Michelle Tomas
  • 1987 - Yoshiko Oshiro
  • 1988 - Whitney Carlysle
  • 1989 - Brandy Olsen
  • 1990 - Dina Jacobs
  • 1991 - Coco Vaughn
  • 1992 - Kelly Ray
  • 1993 - Angela Carrera
  • 1994 - Aiko
  • 1995 - Sharee L'Amour
  • 1996 - C'ezanne
  • 1997 - Keisha
  • 1998 - Jacqueline
  • 1999 - Maya Douglas
  • 2000 - Tasha Lee
  • 2001 - Kaina Jacobs
  • 2002 - Raven
  • 2003 - Zia De Zaneiro
  • 2004 - Erica Andrews
  • 2005 - Cassandra Colby
  • 2006 - Raquell Lord
  • 2007 - Maddalyn Ashton
  • 2008 - Cocoa Chandelier
  • 2009 - Yuni Carey
  • 2010 - Perla Welch
  • 2011 - DeeRanged
  • 2012 - Christina Doll
  • 2013 - Shalani Dante
  • 2014 - Marina Del Rey

Miss Gay International[edit]

(Formerly Miss Amateur National) This pageant founded for newer queens transformed into what is now Miss International Inc. Initially founded by Ronnie Benoit and Christine Mancini before Mancini took over herself. The system split in 2009 into International Inc. and Miss Gay International

  • Emeritus - Christine Mancini - From Clinton, MD
  • 2000 - Stefani Valentino - From Ohio
  • 2001 - Lady Angelica (dethroned then rethroned) - From Akron, OH
  • 2001 - Chelsey Clinton (rumored dethroned after crowning successor, rethroned as honorary, then dethroned after personal disagreement with promoter Mancini in 2005) - From Nashville, TN
  • 2002 - Jessica Spaulding - From Washington, DC
  • 2003 - Starr Powers
  • 2004 - Kiarra Marlowe Fontaine (Deceased)
  • 2005 - Miss D. Meanor - From Dupont, PA
  • 2006 - Mone't Dupree (Dethroned) - From Washington, DC
  • 2006 - Amaya Mann
  • 2007 - Vicki Valentino
  • 2008 - Takiyo Valentino Winter
  • 2009 - Malaysia Andrews Ravor
  • 2010 - Sy'ria Sinclair

Miss International Plus[edit]

  • 2000 - Gayla DeLust (Was crowned by a previous owner)
  • 2000 - Samantha Styles
  • 2001 - Peaches
  • 2004 - Dena Cass
  • 2005 - Victoria Parker
  • 2007 - Kitty Litter
  • 2008 - Danielle Revlon
  • 2009 - Chevelle Brooks
  • 2010 - Sandra Onassis Lopez

Master Male Illusionist[edit]

A lifetime, international career title for Drag Kings/Male Illusionists

  • 2011 - Gunner Gatlyn
  • 2012 - Erick LaRue
  • 2013 - AJ Menendez

US Proud Pageantry[edit]

Founded in 2013, US Proud is a new pageant system that is devoted to not only high quality entertainment and titleholders, but also community service and paying it forward.

http://www.usproudpageant.com

Mr. US Proud 2014 - Shonn North

Miss US Proud 2014 - Cass Marie Domino

Miss US Proud FI 2014 - Christina Chase

Miss US Proud FI @ Large 2014 - Danielle Avalon

Mr. US Proud @ Large 2014 - Jax Marco

Miss US Proud FI Newcomer 2014 - N/A 2015 - Ladie Selena

Don't H8 Pageantry[edit]

Founded in 2010, Outreach pageantry and anti-bullying campaign.

Mr. Don't H8

  • 2010- Chip Matthews
  • 2011- Stone Parque
  • 2012- David Bryant
  • 2013- Damien Parque Divine
  • 2014- Mykul Jay Valentine

Miss Don't H8 DIVA

  • 2010- Derrick Barry
  • 2011- Felicity Ferraro
  • 2012- Eureka O'Hara
  • 2013- Elaine Davis
  • 2014- Angela Lopez

Miss Don't H8

  • 2010- Monica Jefferies
  • 2011- Barbara Maberry
  • 2012- Candace St James
  • 2013- Love Lee Jackson
  • 2014- Frankie Bonet V'lentino Knight-Addams
  • 2015- Makayla Rose

Mr. Don't H8 STUD

  • 2011- Joe Calderone
  • 2012- Country Casinova
  • 2013- MACXIMUS
  • 2014- Ryder Knightly

National Don't H8 ICON

  • 2014- Shana Nicole

National Don't H8 Newcomer

  • 2014- Cory Caleb

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greenwell, John. "Teased Hair & the Quest for Tiaras: The Story of Rachel Wells, Miss Gay America 1979". Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  2. ^ Hartwig, Gabe (2009-11-02). "50 contestants, 4 days, 1 Miss Gay America". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  3. ^ NEOY Pageantry / www.eoy.net
  4. ^ Click Click Expose Gay Entertainment Media / www.clickclickexpose.com