May 2012 Edition Of 

"The Excellence"

 

The Kronicles of Kirby

             

Hello to all of you fans, friends, supporters, and lovers of drag and Miss Gay America!! Let me start off by apologizing for the May edition of my column for being so late. With everything that has been going on lately in the last couple of weeks ... my personal family situation, trips to Louisiana and Oklahoma, and every day life ... time just seems to slip through my fingers. It's hard to believe that it's already May and 7 months have already passed of my reign. October will be here before I know it. 

Along with my regular shows at my home club of Legends in Raleigh, and my drag brunches at Godfrey's in Richmond, Va, April afforded me two great trips. My yearly Easter weekend trip to Chicago was a nice break from ongoings of my life. I attended the annual Miss Continental Plus and Elite pageants at The Park West Theater and The Baton Show Lounge. Both were wonderfully operated pageants, with amazing entertainers from across the country. I feel that with holding the title Miss Gay America and representing the system, it is important to attend pageants of the other systems, and to promote not only Miss Gay America, but female impersonation as a whole. A lot of entertainers and title holders from the other systems, got their start in Miss Gay America, and will be the first to tell you that it helped mold their career and shape them into the entertainers they are today, by showing them the fundamentals of drag, and skills learned in interview. It was great to feel the love and respect, while being recognized as Miss Gay America in Chicago. 

A week later, I found myself heading to Baltimore for the Miss Gay Maryland America pageant. The wonderful Chi Chi Ray Colby was passing along her crown that weekend and picked me up at the airport on Friday morning, with a smile on her face in anticipation of a terrific pageant. The events started on Friday night with a show benefiting cancer research which proved to be very rewarding. Saturday started with registration and 9 enthusiastic contestants vying for the title. A special dinner followed Saturday night and then the review show, featuring several incredible former Miss Gay Maryland America titleholders. It was heart warming to see the camaraderie between the contestants and the formers, as you could tell they were a close knit group who supported each other. After two great nights of pageantry, the beautiful Alondra Sancheez emerged victorious, with Stephanie Michaels close behind as 1st Alternate. It was great spending time with my Miss Gay America sisters .... Linda Carrero, Sabrina White, and Catia Lee Love. Much thanks to a wonderful judges panel of Sabrina, Alexis Mateo, Sue Nami, Tillie Lane of Oklahoma, and Daniel Eckstrom of Arizona for making my job a little easier. Also a very special thanks to Chuck Bowers, Club Hippo, and especially, Roger Dimick for taking such great care of me all weekend. 

Two days after returning from Maryland, I was set to attend the Miss Gay Missouri pageant in Columbia, Mo. Unfortunately, I was not able to make it to the pageant. My sincerest regrets go to the promoters, contestants, formers, and fans for not being able to attend. I hear that it was an excellent pageant that went off without a hitch. I would like to thank my sister, Jennifer Foxx - Miss Gay America 1982 for stepping in and overseeing the administrative duties of the pageant. It just proves that once you are a Miss Gay America, you are always a Miss Gay America. I would also like to thank Jade Sinclair and Emilio Olivera for understanding and be so supportive to me. Congratulations go out to the new Miss Gay Missouri America - Michelle McCausland and her 1st Alternate L'oreal. I look forward to seeing both of these gentlemen in October in Columbus, Ohio. 

As I am sure you all know, the past couple of weeks have been very hard for me. On April 27, after two years of fighting, my mother lost her battle with breast cancer. I was there by her side with my brothers and sisters as she passed away. It was a day I hoped and prayed would not happen during my reign, but alas it did. I almost backed out from competing last October because of my Mom's condition and her declining health. But I knew that she would not want me to put my life on hold for her, so I chose to go ahead with my plans. I truly believe that things happen for a reason in life, and I told someone that often many have to deal with death and grief alone, but luckily for me as Miss Gay America, I have an entire country to lean on during this difficult time. I cannot truly express the gratitude that I have for the outpouring of love and support that I have received. The phone calls, text messages, cards, flowers, Facebook posts, visits, and kind words have meant the world to me and provided me much comfort. Thank You to you all from the bottom of my heart.

Over the last few days, I have been thinking a lot about family and what it means to me. I have a magnet on my refrigerator that reads, "Friends are the family we choose for ourselves." Even though I have an incredible blood family, I am blessed to have another family as well, that I made the choice to be a part of. I have always heard that the Miss Gay America system is a family, but I never really grasped that wholeheartedly until now. Family to me is a group that you know is there for you and that you can lean on, not only in times of joy, but in times of need. From the owners Larry and Terry, to formers, to promoters, to contestants, to fans .... your support of me over this year and especially over the last couple of weeks have shown me how strong of a family that we are. Families are not always perfect, but they are always there when you need them. You have shown me without a doubt, that I made the right choice by choosing to compete last October. I am thankful to be a part of this amazing family.

From my heart to yours,

Miss Gay America 2012 Kirby Kolby

 


   


From the desk of Larry & Terry

                      The Meaning of Family… 

It has always been said that the Miss Gay America family is a close one… We have witnessed that first hand throughout the most recent either years, and this year is no exception. With the passing of the mother of Miss  Gay America 2012 Kirby Kolby, as one could imagine, the nation was in mourning as well… its is always painful to watch someone you love hurt, and the country clearly demonstrated that… With the outpour of telephone calls, emails, text messaging, flowers being send and those able to attend the funeral, it was such an incredible thing  to witness Kirby interact with her “family by blood” then an equally beautiful thing to witness those who attended the funeral, just being there for Kirby. There were several that Kirby may not have noticed attended the funeral, but one could certainly feel the love in the room where the services were held. Kirby’s mother was clearly a very loved woman.   

And if these times were not stressful enough, Kirby did not want to miss attending the Miss Gay Missouri America pageant, however, as the condition of Kirby’s mother deteriorated, Kirby understandably opted to be with family. Then, to see Kirby attend the Miss Gay Southern Elegance America pageant this past weekend was humbling to see. Granted, Kirby did not really feel up to attending the pageant but she wanted to do her job to the best of her ability and she needed to get back into the swing of things, in order to continue the healing process. With the love and support of many, Kirby will power through the heartache and grief she has already experiences and get through the tough days ahead. 

We trust that you will continue to keep Miss Gay America 2012 Kirby Kolby and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

           

Until next time…
Larry and Terry

 


 


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