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 for cisgender women.

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).

National 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 it was an instant sensation, not only with 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.

Since its inception, MGA has prided itself as a showcase for pure female impersonation: Contestants must be men who live as men, achieving a convincing feminine illusion solely through their own ingenuity, creativity, and resourcefulness. Bodily feminization via female hormones, breast implants, and/or injectable fillers such as liquid silicone is strictly forbidden (plastic surgery and fillers above the neck are permitted, however). An interview in male attire is a key component of the pageant; contestants are judged not only for their poise and articulateness but for their overall masculine presentation—points may be deducted for feminine aspects such as overly plucked eyebrows or long fingernails.

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.

On February 4, 2016 Michael Dutzer and Rob Mansman of Mad Angel Entertainment purchased the Miss Gay America pageant From L & T Entertainment.[1]

Former titleholders[edit]

Year Titleholder Given name First alternate Crowning venue Notes
1973 Norma Kristie, Miss Gay Arkansas America Norman Jones Charlie Brown, Miss Gay Georgia America 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, Miss Gay Hawaii America Shawn Ocampo Roski Fernandez Atlanta Americana Hotel Ballroom, Atlanta, Georgia Retired; underwent gender reassignment following reign.
1976A Shan Covington, Miss Gay South Regional America Shan Covington Michael Andrews The Depository Nightclub, Houston, Texas Decrowned, Deceased, 1998 - *2
1976B Dani Daletto, Miss Gay Michigan America Jose Mondelano Vapors Nightclub, Hot Springs, Arkansas Deceased, 1989
1977 Michael Andrews, Miss Gay South Regional America Michael Androlewicz Naomi Sims The Old Plantation Nightclub, Houston, Texas Deceased, 1989
1978 Jimi Dee, Miss Gay South Regional America Jimmy Dillard 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 [2]
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 Shawn Marshall 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 Active
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 Robb Robinson Diana Black, Miss Gay Great Lakes America Indianapolis Convention Center, Indianapolis, Indiana Active
1987 Blaze Starr, Miss Gay Tri-States America David Brazil 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 Active
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 South Regional America Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas Active
1992 Tiffany Bonet, Miss Gay Mid-Atlantic States America Acey Hendricks Leslie Rage Majestic Theater, Dallas, Texas Active
1993 Leslie Rage, Miss Gay Mid-East America Leslie DeLaCruz Coco Majestic Theater, Dallas, Texas Deceased, 1995
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 Louis Marcello Patti Le Plae Safe, First Alternate to Miss Gay Gulf States America Majestic Theater, Dallas, Texas Deceased, 1995 - *3
1995-B Patti Le Plae Safe, First Alternate to Miss Gay Gulf States America Rodd Grey Nicole Dubois, Miss Gay Southern Elegance Robinson Center Music Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas (During the 1996 Pageant) Active
1996 Kerri Nichols, Miss Gay Mid-America Jeff Capell Lauren Taylor Robinson Center Music Auditorium, Little Rock, Arkansas Active
1997 Lauren Taylor, Miss Gay Texas America Darrell Cantu Laken Edwards Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte, North Carolina Retired
1998 Maya Montana, Miss Gay Virginia America Renante Borromeo Linda Carrero Ovens Auditorium, Charlotte, North Carolina Active
1999 Linda Carrero, Miss Gay Mid-Atlantic America Omar Reyes Kirby Colby, Miss Gay West Virginia America Athena Theater, Little Rock, Arkansas Active
2000 Catia Lee Love, Miss Gay Mid-America America Aron Harvey Charity Case, Miss Gay Southern Elegance America Lincoln Theater, Washington D.C. Active
2001 Charity Case, Miss Gay Central States America Mark Coleman Sabrina White Athena Theater, Little Rock, Arkansas Active
2002 Sabrina White, Miss Gay Mid-Atlantic America Russell Marcum Kitty Bob Aimes, Miss Gay Oklahoma America Dallas Convention Center-Dallas, Texas Active
2003 Dominique Sanchez, Miss Gay Mid-America Chris Williams Jayda Alexander, Miss Gay Louisiana America, First Alternate Athena Theater-Little Rock, Arkansas Active
2004 Rachael Erikks, Miss Gay Heart of America Ray Robertson Alana Steele, Miss Gay Indiana America, First Alternate Athena Theater, Little Rock, Arkansas Active
2005 Raquel Chevallier, Miss Gay Tri-States America Scott Peters Alina Meletti, Miss Gay Florida, First Alternate Athena Theater, Little Rock, Arkansas Active
2006 Nicole DuBois, Miss Gay Mid-America Tommy Davis Coti Collins, Miss Gay East Coast America Cannon Center, Memphis, Tennessee Active
2007 Luscious, Miss Gay Western States America Lulu Brooks Coti Collins, Miss Gay North Carolina America Cannon Center, Memphis, Tennessee Active
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 Active
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 Active
2010-A Alyssa Edwards, Miss Gay Heartland America, First Alternate[3] Justin Johnson Coco Montrese, Miss Gay Heart of America Millennium Hotel Ballroom, St. Louis, Missouri Active, 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 Active
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 Active - *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 Active
2013 Sally Sparkles, Miss Gay Mid-America Michael Sharp Blair Williams, Miss Gay Mid-America, First Alternate The Sheraton Hotel Ball Room, Columbus, Ohio Active
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 Active
2015 Blair Williams, Miss Gay Southern States America Todd Mauldin Truly Fabu, Miss Gay Eastern States 1st. Alt The Millennium Maxwell House Ball Room Nashville, TN Active
2016 Asia O'Hara, Miss Gay Texas Antwan Lee Kelly Ray, Miss Gay Southeast Holiday Inn Express Memphis Airport, Memphis, TN -
  • *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 Miss Gay America grew in popularity and prestige, many professional female impersonators who lived full-time as women found they were unable to compete in the pageant due to its longstanding rule barring transgender contestants. Aside from the prestige of holding a national title, MGA afforded its winner guaranteed show bookings at every state preliminary held during the title year; thus, the MGA crown turned what was often local, part-time work into a full-time job. Because many trans women also use 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. A number of notable winners either were "boy queens" at the time that they won or have never pursued gender transition—including Chilli Pepper, the first Miss Continental, Michelle Dupree, Miss Continental 1998, Naysha Lopez, Miss Continental, 2013 and Brooke Lynn Hytes, Miss Continental 2014–15—but over time the Continental Pageantry System became renowned for its "titty girls," or pre-/non-operative transsexual contestants. Today, Miss Continental has preliminaries representing various U.S. states as well as Canada and Europe.

(All winners were crowned in Chicago, IL)

List of Former Miss Continental Titleholders
Year Titleholder First alternate Second alternate Third alternate Fourth alternate Fifth alternate Notes
1980 Chilli Pepper Andrea Necole Dina Jacobs ? ? N/A
1981 Heather Fontaine Tiffany Arieagus Amber Richards Dana Douglas Chena Black N/A
1982 Tiffany Arieagus Chena Black Dina Jacobs Andrea Necole Cherine Alexander N/A
1983 Chena Black Cherine Alexander ? ? ? N/A
1984 Cherine Alexander Dina Jacobs Dawn Dupree Candi Stratton Kelly Lauren N/A Deceased
1985 Maya Douglas Candi Stratton Alana Kela Shanté (Alexandra Billings) Tissy Malone N/A
1986 Tandi Andrews Dana Douglas Ginger Grant Shanté Alana Kela N/A Deceased
1987 Dana Douglas ? ? ? ? N/A
1988 Kelly Lauren Shanté Whitney Carlysle 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 Kerrin Alexander N/A Deceased
1992 Mimi Marks Cézanne Blincoe Christina Piaget Sasha Valentino Tasha Long N/A
1993 Monica Munro Kelly Anderson Michelle Mitchells Natasha Mills Tasha Long Obsession
1994 Cézanne Blincoe Paris Frantz Natasha Richards Angela Carrera Sherri Payne Danielle Hunter
1995 The Lady Catiria Reyes Natasha Richards Paris Frantz Sasha Valentino Jasmine Bonét N/A Deceased
1996 Paris Frantz Tasha Long Basia Danielle Hunter Tommie Ross N/A
1997 Tasha Long Ashley Kruiz Danielle Hunter Amy DeMilo Damianne Dee-Vine (Allanah Starr) N/A
1998 Michelle Dupree Silkie Munro Sasha Valentino Erica Andrews Armani N/A
1999 Tommie Ross Erika Norell Michelle Mitchells Kourtney Paige Van Wales Sasha Valentino N/A
2000 Danielle Hunter Erika Norell Candis Cayne Amalia Black Tina Sparkles N/A
2001 Candis Cayne Yoshiko Oshiro Raquell Lord Sasha Valentino Amalia Black Erica Andrews
2002 Yoshiko Oshiro Barbra Herr Armani Stevens Raquell 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 Stevens Alexis Gabrielle Sherrington Lorna Vando Jasmine International N/A
2008 Tulsi Balram Sasha Colby Mokha Montrese Shantell DeMarco Melania Cortez N/A
2009 Armani Stevens 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 T. Hunter Stasha Sanchez Jennifer St. Cartier N/A
2012 Sasha Colby Fontasia L’Amour Kourtney Paige Van Wales Stasha Sanchez Queen Bee Ho Tiffany T. Hunter
2013 Naysha Lopez Brooke Lynn Hytes Stasha Sanchez Aurora Sexton Tiffany T. Hunter Shantell DeMarco
2014 Brooke Lynn Hytes Joan Jullian Stratton Queen Bee Ho Aria B. Cassadine Regine Phillips N/A
2015 Tiffany T. Hunter Kourtney Paige Van Wales Fontasia L'Amour Serenity Lopez Renaita Ferrara N/A
2016 Winner 1st Runner-up 2nd Runner-up 3rd Runner-up 4th Runner-up N/A

Miss Continental Plus Winners[edit]

  • 1991 - Ginger Grant
  • 1992 - Denise Russell
  • 1993 - The Lady Catiria Reyes (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
  • 2015 - Kofi
  • 2016 - Natasha Douglas

Miss Continental Elite Winners[edit]

  • 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
  • 2015 - Chantel Reshae
  • 2016 - Teryl Lynn Foxx

Mr. Continental Winners[edit]

  • 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
  • 2015 - Joey Taylor
  • 2016 - Mykul Jay Valentine

National Entertainer of the Year[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.[4]

Year Titleholder First alternate Second alternate Notes
Emeritus(held 1985) Naomi Sims Michael Andrews Tasha Kohl 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
2015 Sunny Dee-Lite Delores T. Van Cartier Shontelle Sparkles
2016 Winner 1st Runner-up 2nd Runner-up

Mr. Entertainer of the Year[edit]

  • 2002 - Carl Harris
  • 2003 - D'Andre
  • 2004 - Romeo Avila
  • 2005 - Rasean Montrese
  • 2006 - William Benion
  • 2007 - Monte St. James
  • 2008 - Savion Simpson (Deceased)
  • 2009 - Xavier Valentino Litter
  • 2010 - Alex Stabler
  • 2011 - Mykul Jay Valentine
  • 2012 - Xavier Cole
  • 2013 - David "Freklz" Hunter
  • 2014 - Matthew Jay Kelly
  • 2015 - Judas Elliot
  • 2016 -

King Entertainer of the Year[edit]

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 continues to this day.

In July 2011, after national competition, EOY crowned Spacee Kadett as the first national king in its system. Spacee's victory and reign of 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.

Year Titleholder First alternate Notes
2011 Spacee Kadett Richard Cranium
2012 Mystikal Spikey Van Dykey
2013 Owen McCord Michael Christian
2014 Chase McGroin Gunner Daimon Gatlyn
2015 Chaos Bruno Diaz

Femme Entertainer of the Year[edit]

In 2015, EOY promoters and owners expanded the contest to include the Femme counterparts with the first National Pageant held at the Connection Complex theatre. |-

Year Titleholder First alternate Second alternate Notes
2015 Tymisha Harris Nova Loza Taylor Rene

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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.[7] 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).

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 USofA[edit]

Year Titleholder First alternate Second alternate Third alternate Fourth alternate Location Notes
1979 Naomi Sims Michael Andrews Deceased
1980 Jahnau Reis (Jahna Steele) Dina Jacobs Roskie Fernandez Sabrina Ross Deceased
1981 Dina Jacobs No Contest Held Dina carried over from the previous year
1982 Eartha Kitt Odessa Brown Vonda DeLayne Crowned in Austin, TX
1983 Lady Nova Bernard
1984 Lisa King Crowned in Atlanta, GA Deceased
1985 No Contest
1986 Michael Andrews Tandi Andrews Tommie Ross Jerry Harper Lauren Brach Crowned in Columbia, SC Deceased
1987 Diana Hutton Crowned in Columbia, SC Deceased
1988 Tommie Ross Netasha Edwards Candi Stratton Rita Ross Tina DeVore Crowned in Indianapolis, IN Active
1989 Netasha Edwards Candi Stratton Eddie Dee Monica Munro Carmella Marcella Garcia Crowned in St. Louis, MO Deceased
1990 C’ezanne Rita Ross Bianca Paige Crowned in Louisville, KY Active
1991 Sable Chanel Crowned in Atlanta, GA Retired
1992 Tandi Andrews Mahogany Bianca Paige Denise Darcell Sweet Savage Crowned in San Antonio, TX Deceased
1993 Sweet Savage Nicole DuBois Jamie Hunter Coco Victoria West Crowned in San Antonio, TX Active
1994 Coco Victoria West Amber Richards Natasha Richards Teryl Lynn Fox Crowned in St. Louis, MO Deceased
1995 Maya Douglas Natasha Richards Victoria West Coti Collins Jamie Hunter Crowned in Dayton, OH Active
1996 Natasha Richards Monica Munro Crowned in Dallas, TX Active
1997 Jacqulyn DeVaroe Kourtney Van Wales Erica Andrews Shae Shae LaReese Tamisha Iman Crowned in Dallas, TX Retired
1998 Lauren Taylor Ashley Kruiz Dana St. James Layla LaRue Victoria Lace Crowned in Dallas, TX Retired
1999 Erica Andrews Whitney Paige Crowned in Dallas, TX Deceased
2000 Chevelle Brooks Whitney Paige Michelle Dupree Crystle Chambers Cherry Pie Crowned in Dallas, TX Active
2001 Erika Norell Crowned in Dallas, TX Active
2002 Alexis Gabrielle Sherrington Crowned in Dallas, TX Active
2003 Raquell Lord Crowned in Dallas, TX Active
2004 Layla LaRue Tamisha Iman Crowned in Dallas, TX Active
2005 Tamisha Iman Crowned in Dallas, TX Active
2006 Alyssa Edwards Asia O'Hara Crowned in Dallas, TX Active
2007 Asia O’Hara Kara Young-Ross Tasha Long Crowned in Dallas, TX Active
2008 Kara Young-Ross Crowned in Dallas, TX Active
2009 Stasha Sanchez Crowned in Dallas, TX Active
2010 Dominique Sanchez Crowned in Dallas, TX Active
2011 Luscious Crowned in Dallas, TX Active
2012 Lawanda Jackson Margeaux Powell Nina DiAngelo Alexis Mateo Sunny Dee-Lite Crowned in Dallas, TX Active
2013 Shae Shae LaReese Alexis Mateo Naomi St. James Sasha Lauren Coti Collins Crowned in Dallas, TX Active
2014 Jenna Skyy Necole Luv Dupree Victoria LePaige Mokha Montrese Porsche Paris Crowned in Dallas, TX Active
2015 Mokha Montrese Krystal Summers Nina DiAngelo Alexis Mateo Amy DeMilo Crowned in Dallas, TX Active
2016 Aurora Sexton Porsche Paris Aria B. Cassadine Sasha Andrews Crystal V. Lauren Crowned in Dallas, TX Active

Miss Gay USofA At Large[edit]

  • 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
  • 2014 - Danielle DeLong - Crowned at The Parliament House in Orlando, FL
  • 2015 - Ka`aliyah McKim Diamond - Crowned at Axis in Columbus, OH

Miss Gay USofA Classic[edit]

  • 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 Rose Room 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
  • 2015 - Roxie Hart - from Oklahoma City, OK - crowned at the Round Up Saloon in Dallas, TX
  • 2016 - Nancy Taylor - from Houston, TX - crowned at the Round Up Saloon in Dallas, TX

Miss Gay USofA Newcomer[edit]

  • 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
  • 2015 - Mari Jane - crowned at Love Field Inn and Suites in Dallas, TX

Mr. Gay USofA[edit]

  • 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
  • 2014 - Jeffrey Kelly - crowned in San Antonio, TX
  • 2015 - Michael LaMasters - crowned in San Antonio, TX

Mr. Gay USofA At-Large[edit]

  • 2008 - Samson - crowned in San Antonio, TX
  • 2009 - Seymour Chilton - crowned in San Antonio, TX
  • 2010 - Ty Juan Davis - 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
  • 2014 - Zayer - crowned in San Antonio, TX
  • 2015 - Kane Connors - crowned in San Antonio, TX

Mister USofA MI[edit]

  • 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
  • 2015 - Papa Cherry-Matrix - Crowned in Oklahoma City, OK
  • 2016 - Abs Hart - Crowned in Oklahoma City, OK

Mister USofA MI Classic[edit]

  • 2012 - Marc Meridian - crowned in Oklahoma City, OK
  • 2013 - D Luv Savyion - crowned in Oklahoma City, OK
  • 2014 - Brandon Packer - crowned in Nashville, TN
  • 2015 - DC - crowned in Oklahoma City,OK
  • 2016 - Valentino Rios - Crowned in Oklahoma City, OK

Miss USofA DIVA (femme)[edit]

  • 2014 - Brandi Amara Skyy - crowned in Nashville, TN
  • 2015 - Bella Nicole Harlow - crowned in Oklahoma City,OK
  • 2016 - Victoria Rios - crowned in Oklahoma City,OK

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 pageant system was created by Scott Gonyaw. Unlike the "Big Four" of drag pageantry, AAG welcomes postoperative trans women as contestants.

  • 2007 - Latoya Bacall
  • 2008 - India Ferrah
  • 2009 - Candi Stratton
  • 2010 - Alyssa Edwards
  • 2011 - Alana Steele
  • 2012 - Asia O'Hara
  • 2013 - Brittany Moore
  • 2014 - Sunny Dee-Lite
  • 2015 - Dena Cass
  • 2016 - Alexis Mateo

All American Goddess at Large[edit]

  • 2009 - Lawren LaMoore
  • 2010 - Kelexis Davenport
  • 2011 - Dena Cass
  • 2012 - Whitney Paige (Deceased)
  • 2013 - Danielle DeLong
  • 2014 - Brooklyn Starr
  • 2015 - Juliza Alezae
  • 2016 - Kristina Kelly

All American Gent[edit]

  • 2013 - Monte St. James
  • 2014 - Rasean Montrese
  • 2015 - No Contest
  • 2016 - Jose Vega

The Female Impersonators’ Miss Florida Pageant (Miss Florida FI)[edit]

First held in 1972, a few months after the first Miss Gay America contest, this pageant was revived in 2014 after seven years of inactivity. Though technically a state pageant, Miss Florida FI held prestige comparable to that of a national pageant for many years, with entertainers from around the U.S. vying for the crown, and guests and judges who included international celebrities. Before Miss Continental and Miss Gay USA (now Miss Gay USofA) were created, Miss Florida was the only major female-impersonation pageant that permitted trans women to compete. (Jim Flint, owner and founder of the Continental Pageantry System, has acknowledged Miss Florida as his inspiration for creating Miss Continental.)

  • 1972 - Tricia Marie
  • 1973 - Emoré DuBois
  • 1974 - Roxanne Russell
  • 1975 - Noly Greer
  • 1976 - Hot Chocolate
  • 1977 - Dana Manchester
  • 1978 - Tiffany Arieagus
  • 1979 - Rachaell Santoni
  • 1980 - Tiffani Middlesexx
  • 1981 - Nikki Adams
  • 1982 - Dana Douglas
  • 1983 - Victoria Lawrence
  • 1984 - Chena Black
  • 1985 - Amber Richards
  • 1986 - Mahogany
  • 1987 - Sandy Laurent
  • 1988 - Lakesha Lucky
  • 1989 - Shanté (Alexandra Billings) (see note below)
  • 1990 - Chena Kelly
  • 1991 - Bobbie Lake
  • 1992 - Stephanie Shippae/Monica Munro ́ (see note below)
  • 1993 - Esmeralda Russell
  • 1994 - Gloria Klein
  • 1995 - Heather Fontaine
  • 1996 - Jasmine Bonét
  • 1997 - Electra
  • 1998 - Erika Norell
  • 1999 - Danielle Hunter
  • 2000 - Amy DeMilo
  • 2001 - Valentina
  • 2002 - Tasha Long
  • 2003 - Cézanne
  • 2004 - Angelique Ali (dethroned), Gina DiAngelo
  • 2005 - Champagne Bordeaux
  • 2006 - No contest
  • 2007 - Victoria Michaels
  • 2008–2013 - Inactive
  • 2014 - Brittany Moore
  • 2015 - Chasity Ross Boen

Miss Florida FI at Large[edit]

  • 1988 - Angel Sheridan
  • 1989 - Joey Brooks
  • 1990 - Andrea Lovelace
  • 1991 - Robin Knight (dethroned), Lola Lush
  • 1992 - Luna
  • 1993 - Alicia Brooks
  • 1994 - Sierrah Foxx
  • 1995 - Lorrie Del Mar
  • 1996–1999 - Inactive
  • 2000 - Carmella Marcella Garcia
  • 2001 - Nicolette Ashton
  • 2002 - Jasmine Skiies
  • 2003 - No contest
  • 2004 - Jocelyn Summers
  • 2005 - Sasha Sommers
  • 2006 - No contest
  • 2007 - TP Lords
  • 2008–2015 - Inactive
  • 2016 - Nicole T. Phillips

Note: In 1989, ownership of the pageant fell into dispute after its creator-owner, Keith Landon, died. An alternative pageant called Miss Florida State was held that year; Shanté (Alexandra Billings) was crowned the winner but is not officially recognized as a former Miss Florida FI. In 1992, ownership of the pageant again fell into dispute after the death of its second owner, René Rodriguez. This time, two competing pageants were held: Miss Florida FI, won by Stephanie Shippae ́, and National Miss Florida, won by Monica Munro. Monica is also unrecognized as an official former, but she walked in the Parade of Miss Floridas that opened the 2001 pageant at the invitation of the owners.

Miss National[edit]

This pageant was a huge part of the National pageant system in the 1990s and early 2000s, was one of the "BIG 5" and was thought to be revived in the Fall of 2015 in Orlando,FL. It was first created by Kevin Scott in 1994 and is now under the new ownership of Josh Maywalt. The first "winner" was Tandi Andrews, but she was later dethroned due to scheduling conflicts. Tommie Ross assumed the crown. Tandi will always be a Miss National. In 2009 2 people from Alabama tried to purchase the contest and appointed Mokha Montrese as Miss National 2009. That sale fell through and was never completed. Mokha did attend the only prelim in 2015 as the reigning Miss National. This contest had plans to return November 2015 in Orlando, FL. However, new owner Josh Maywalt has decided to once again postpone the pageant.

  • 1994 - Tandi Andrews/Tommie Ross
  • 1995 - Tasha Long
  • 1996 - Tamisha Iman
  • 1997 - C'ezanne
  • 1998 - Ashley Kruiz
  • 1999 - Shawnna Brooks
  • 2000 - Terri Vanessa Coleman
  • 2001 - Nicole DuBois
  • 2002 - Martina Diamante
  • 2003 - Natasha Richards
  • 2004-2008 - Inactive
  • 2009 - Mokha Montrese
  • 2010-present - Inactive

Miss National at Large[edit]

  • 1997- Sierrah Foxx
  • 1998- Niesha Dupree
  • 1999- Clarissa Cavalier
  • 2000- Darcel Stevens
  • 2001- Latoya Bacall
  • 2002- Monica Van Pelt
  • 2003- Chelsea Pearl
  • 2004-present - Inactive

Mr. National[edit]

  • 2000- Carl Harris
  • 2001- Calvin St. Claire
  • 2002- Monte St. James
  • 2003-present - Inactive

Universal ShowQueen[edit]

Since 1984, Universal ShowQueen has been held annually in Honolulu, Hawaii. Similar to Miss Florida FI, USQ is a "local national" pageant that attracts contestants from not only Hawaii but also the mainland U.S. It is renowned for its signature category—Showgirl Costume—a showcase for lavish and elaborate Las Vegas–style costumes and headdresses.

  • 1984 - Linda DeCrimsen
  • 1985 - Cher Marisa
  • 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 - Cézanne
  • 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
  • 2015 - Jerrica Benton
  • 2016 - Sofia Andrews

Miss Gay International[edit]

(Formerly Miss Amateur National) This pageant founded for newer queens transformed into what is now Miss International Inc. The system split in 2009 into International Inc. and Miss Gay International

  • 2000 - Christine Mancini - (Dethroned by original owner, rethroned herself as Emeritus after taking possession of the contest) 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 - Takiya Valentino Wynters
  • 2009 - Malaysia Andrews Ravor
  • 2010 - Sy'ria Sinclair
  • 2011- Rachel Mykels

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
  • 2014 - Brandon Young
  • 2014 (H) - Spacee Kadett

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Greenwell, John. "Teased Hair & the Quest for Tiaras: The Story of Rachel Wells, Miss Gay America 1979". Retrieved December 12, 2012. 
  3. ^ Hartwig, Gabe (2009-11-02). "50 contestants, 4 days, 1 Miss Gay America". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  4. ^ http://www.eoy.net
  5. ^ NEOY Pageantry / www.eoy.net
  6. ^ Click Click Expose Gay Entertainment Media / www.clickclickexpose.com
  7. ^ Fairfield, Carrie. "Interview with Jerry Bird". Retrieved 2006-08-17.