Miss Fag Hag Pageant

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The Miss Fag Hag Pageant is a pageant contest for fag hags, referring to women who either associate mostly or exclusively with gay and bisexual men, or have gay and bisexual men as close friends.

Origin[edit]

The concept of Miss Fag Hag Pageant originated in Wellington, New Zealand, in 2007 and was first held in January 2008[1] as a search for the best fag hag. It was later emulated by gay bars in other New Zealand cities including Christchurch, Hamilton, and Auckland, and later in Melbourne, Australia, and New York, USA.

The idea was created by Wellington nightclub and bar owner Greig Wilson. The inaugural winner was 22-year-old Veronica Mills.[1] Miss Fag Hag Wellington 2009 was 21-year-old Nicole Johnston[2] and Miss Fag Hag Wellington 2010 was 20-year-old Courtney Havill.[3]

Background[edit]

Fag hag is a gay slang phrase referring to a woman who either associates mostly or exclusively with gay and bisexual men, or has gay and bisexual men as close friends. The phrase originated in gay male culture in the United States and was historically an insult.[4] Some women who associate with gay men object to being called fag hags, while others embrace the term.[5][6][7] The male counterpart, for men who have similar interpersonal relationships with gay and bisexual men is fag stag, part of hag-ism, the identification of a person with a group—usually united in terms of sexuality, gender identity, or shared sex—of which he or she is not officially a member.[8] People who associate with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people may be called fruit flies regardless of their sex.[9]

American Miss Fag Hag Pageant[edit]

The American event was created by comedian Shawn Hollenbach and produced by Hollenbach and Paul Case as a benefit for Hetrick-Martin Institute and was held at Comix Night Club.[10] The show was staged, choreographed and directed by Adolpho Blaire. According to the event's website, the show is a "celebration of the unsung hero of the gay community".[11]

2009[edit]

The first American Miss Fag Hag pageant was held in 2009 in New York City. The New York contestants and their corresponding gay male sponsors were announced on the event's website, www.missfaghag.com. Hosts were Shawn Hollenbach and Paul Case. Judges were Caroline Rhea, Michael Musto, Hedda Lettuce and Katina Corrao.[12] The show was staged, choreographed and directed by Adolpho Blaire. According to the website, the show is a celebration of the unsung hero of the gay community.

Contestants:

Contestants were named after many of the New York City villages and boroughs.

Performances:
Special guests:

2010[edit]

New York's Second Annual Miss Fag Hag Pageant was held at Comix NY on Sunday, May 2 at 8pm[17] Miss Fag Hag 2010 was hosted by cabaret duo Mel & El. The judges included Michael Musto, John Cameron Mitchell, Jerry Torre and last minute replacement, Leslie Jordan. Adolpho Blaire directed and choreographed the pageant and produced along with creator, Shawn Hollenbach and co-producer, Paul Case. The 10 contestants competed in the following categories:

  • Evening Wear
  • Presenting Your Gay in a Swimsuit
  • Talent
  • Question and Answer
  • The Skinnygirl Margarita Online Video Challenge
  • Producer Interview[17]
Contestants:
Performances:
Special guests:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Veronica Mills: Wellington's favourite Fag-Hag 2008". Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Nicole is Wellington's Miss Fag Hag '09". Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Meet Miss Fag Hag 2010!". Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Moon, Dawne (1995). "Insult and Inclusion: The Term Fag Hag and Gay Male "Community"". Social Forces. 74 (2): 487–510. doi:10.2307/2580489. 
  5. ^ Matarazzo, Heather (2005-03-29). "Who you callin' a fag hag?". The Advocate. Retrieved 2008-03-09. [dead link]
  6. ^ Maitland, Sara (1991). "Fag-hags: A Field Guide". Critical Quarterly. 33 (2): 19–25. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8705.1991.tb00939.x. 
  7. ^ Cho, Margaret. "On Being a Fag Hag". PlanetOut. Archived from the original on September 8, 2005. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  8. ^ Baker, Paul (2004). Fantabulosa: A Dictionary of Polari and Gay Slang. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 140. ISBN 0-8264-7343-1. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  9. ^ Newall, Venetia (1986). "Folklore and Male Homosexuality". Folklore. 97 (2): 136. doi:10.1080/0015587x.1986.9716377. JSTOR 1259523. 
  10. ^ Musto, Michael (2009-04-29). "Miss California Banned From Competing in Miss Fag Hag Pageant". Village Voice. Retrieved 2009-11-02. 
  11. ^ Hollenbach, Shawn (2010-05-03). "Miss Fag Hag 2010 Home". Miss Fag Hag. Mintyfresh Comedy. Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  12. ^ Musto, Michael. "Miss California Banned From Competing in Miss Fag Hag Pageant". La Dolce Musto. The Village Voice. Retrieved 2008-11-02. 
  13. ^ Broadway World News Desk (2009-06-01). "Photo Flash: Heather Shields Wins Miss Fag Hag Pageant". Broadway World. Broadway World. 
  14. ^ Hollenbach, Shawn (2009-06-25). "Miss Fag Hag Highlights". Youtube. 
  15. ^ Hollenbach, Shawn (2009-06-25). "Miss Fag Hag Highlights". Youtube. 
  16. ^ Broadway World News Desk (2009-06-01). "Photo Flash: Heather Shields Wins Miss Fag Hag Pageant". Broadway World. Broadway World. 
  17. ^ a b c d BWW News Desk (2010-05-03). "Tanya O'Debra Named Miss Fag Hag 2010". Broadway World. Broadway World. Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  18. ^ Hollenbach, Shawn (2010-04-01). "Miss Fag Hag 2010 Contestants". Official Site. Mintyfreshcomedy.com. Retrieved 2010-05-04. 

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