March 2013 Edition Of 

"The Excellence"

 

Time To Sparkle

Back in 2006, I walked into Illusions Night Club, in Dallas, TX , all dressed up and ready to compete at the Miss Gay Dallas America pageant. This was my first official preliminary pageant ever. I was wide eyed and nervous. At the end of the night after competing against 2 other people I walked away victorious and that was the start of Sally Sparkles and the America system.  This year I walked into the Miss Gay Dallas America pageant, a short 7 years later as Miss Gay America and while I was a little less wide eyed and a lot less nervous I looked back on my journey to get this point. I thought of all the people who supported me through the years, the friends I have made, the clothes and shoes I have collected, the critiques I have been given, the judges whose voices still ring in my ears, the audiences who have applauded, the performances I have done, the self doubt that has run through my head, the disappointments I have had to endure, and the victories I have been so blessed to receive.  All of those memories ran through my head. It was almost like graduation, that moment when you realize how far you have come.

 It was amazing to take the stage at the Round Up Saloon where I have competed so many times before and realize that I have reached the highest point in the America system possible. Here I was performing for a crowd in my great state of Texas, as the nation’s Symbol of Excellence.  Kind of weird because I still feel like I am the same person even though so many things have changed.  I held my head high and was proud to be Miss Gay America 2013. I could see in all of my friends’ and fans’ eyes that they were proud of me as well. It was an emotional moment for sure, as has been every moment I have had wearing the MGA crown. I really felt as if I had made a complete circle and had finally come into my own. I felt something a little different inside of me which I cannot quite explain just yet, but I definitely felt like I was Miss Gay America!

I was lucky enough to have Tasha Kohl and Charity Case there to share these moments with. Everyone knows Tasha Kohl and Charity Case. Those 2 names are very well known and respected in not only the Miss Gay America system but also in the art of female impersonation in general.  They are 2 of the 4 girls who have been, what we call in Texas, triple crowned.  The other one being Valeria Lohr.  They, like myself, have been crowned Miss Dallas, Miss Texas, and Miss Gay America. To have my name uttered in the same breath as those amazing and loved entertainers is very humbling to me. It makes me really appreciate all that has happened to me and all that I have accomplished.   Thank you Trisha Davis Productions for letting me be a part of this pageant that started me on this amazing journey. Thank you to everyone who came out to support myself and the America system, and thank you to all my America sister’s and performers who showed me nothing but respect and support while I was at Miss Gay Dallas.  It was an AMAZING night that I will never forget.

I know the people I work with have to be tired of me coming into the studio and telling them I have amazing news. I can’t help it! I have started to communicate with promoters so as to set up my travels for my state and regional preliminary pageants and I seem to be getting cool news both left and right.

Larry has told me for Miss Mid America they have a surprise back drop for me for my “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” theme.

Friday, March 15th is Pat McCooter’s birthday. It also happens to be the day I will be staying the night in Memphis on my way to Mid America. So I get to celebrate a dear friend’s birthday with him. 

I found out that while I’m in D.C. for the Miss Gay D.C. pageant the CHERRY BLOSSOMS WILL BE IN BLOOM!

I found out I might get to ride in a Gay Pride parade this summer, which I have always wanted to do.

I was put in touch with Nick Ray who has set up an amazing appearance for me with the One N Ten organization while I am in Arizona for Western States in April.  I am getting to talk to a group of middle school, high school, and college kids about my journey to Miss Gay America, and hopefully let them all know that by being yourself and striving for greatness you can make your dreams come true! 

I have so many blessings and cannot help but feel happy and grateful to be alive. Being Miss Gay America in itself has made me smile every day, but all of these perks are definitely making my reign a great one so far.

The most amazing news of all has nothing to do with Miss Gay America but it does have to do with pageants.  Now I know for many of y’all this is not big news, but I am a real girl pageant fan and the real girl Miss America pageant ranks at the top of my list of favorites. I always vowed I would go to the real girl Miss America pageant when I was Miss Gay America. Unfortunately, it was in January and I was coming off of our Christmas break and my wallet and schedule kept me from attending. I had come to terms with the fact that it could not and did not happen. So imagine my surprise when I saw an article about the Miss America organization moving the pageant back to its’ origins of Atlantic city and moving the date to sometime in September. I was floored and read and reread the article about 3 times to make sure it was real. This is really a mini miracle because how lucky am I that WHILE I AM MISS GAY AMERICA they are giving me a second chance to go to this pageant?! I am firm believer that everything happens for a reason and once again that philosophy proves its point.

As I gather costumes, gowns, wigs and shoes that are starting to make my drag den bulge, I think it is crazy how many airplanes I am going to be on this year.  It is even crazier thinking how I am going to be able to pack for them. Whenever I start to pack for a show, or trip, I always wish I was 5’2 and weighed 120 lbs with a women’s size 5 shoe. I would totally be able to pack at least another 2 gowns and 3 pairs of shoes, but due to my father’s wonderful DNA I am 6ft and weigh a bit more than 120, with a women’s size 11 shoe. Maybe if I just travel wearing 3 gowns on the plane one over the other then I will save the promoters some money on baggage fees and I will have more room in my suitcase. On the other hand I cannot see it being very easy to navigate an airport with 3 sweeping gown trains gliding behind me, one on top of the other. It sure is a funny mental picture though.

With all of these great things happening to and around me, I realized how blessed I am not only to be Miss Gay America but also to have a job at a place that not only respects my artistic views, but also respects and loves me for the person I am. Next Step Performing Arts Center and all the staff, kids, and fellow teachers have been so supportive of me in my endeavor to become Miss Gay America.  Before leaving for Miss Gay America I had a dress rehearsal at the studio and invited everyone  to come preview my talent, see my new gown, and let me and my dancers have a test run before the big pageant. While I was getting all dolled up in the bathroom  one of the owners, Michelle Stafford, was there and she helped set up tables and chairs, and organized the food on platters and cups for drinks. She is a friend, but she is also my boss, so it was amazing to know that I had the support of my workplace behind me. Rita, who is also an owner and Miss Barb who works in the office, have both been nothing but supportive of me and my quest to be Miss Gay America. I walk into work every day feeling like I am in the right place. I feel so bad for those people out there who are not fond of their workplace. I was in that situation just a few years ago and the decision to leave that place and change over to Next Step has been one of the best decisions of my life. The drive is a little bit farther but the feeling of content that I feel when walking into the Next Step dance studio is worth the price of gas. Thank you Next Step and all the people there. You allowed me to rehearse in the studio, you have allowed me to be an influence in kids’ lives, you allowed me to make a job out of a passion, and you have been supportive of Sally and Michael. You have never asked me to be anything but myself and by allowing me to do that I am eternally grateful. Next Step, this month I thank you, and not just because in the upcoming months I will be taking a lot of time off from the teaching, but because without you and your paychecks, and studio space, understanding  and support  I would not be where I am right now, as Miss Gay America 2013. I humbly stand before you and thank you with all of my heart. With that said I’ve gone out and made it my time to sparkle, so go out there and make it your TIME TO SPARKLE!

Sincerely,

Sally Sparkles
Miss Gay America 2013


   


From the desk of Larry & Terry

                      

It’s More Than “Having A Moment”…
 

Once upon a time, in a not so far away land, there were two men who wanted to become business entrepreneurs. They had been blessed in the normal course of their lives (in their daily careers) and they were now ready to search for a good investment. They wanted to invest in a business whereby they knew they could personally make a difference. They wanted to be part of an organization that would be worthwhile and rewarding. They preferred that their hard earned monies would be invested into an organization that was already established, well respected and successful. They did not want to “reinvent the wheel” but rather to acquire a “product in motion” whereby there was enhancement potential. They wanted a business investment whereby they could be “hands on” owners and execute a blend of their hard work ethic, strong business-sense all the while inserting their heart and passion into something that was meaningful, not only to them, but to the public. They wanted to invest into a legacy. Something that so many others already stood behind yet something whereby enhancement would acquire the new support of many others. They wanted to become part of something that, when their tenure as owners/managers had concluded, it would be said that they left the organization in a much better condition that when they began. They wanted to find an investment opportunity where others had already invested much of their lives, emotions, money and energy. By finding such an organization would mean that its worth in emotional/sentimental/good will value would far exceed the value of the almighty dollar. So, they searched and searched for just the right business and seemingly what they wanted as their choice of investment was not such an easy find.

They were always fascinated with the Miss Gay America pageant system. They admired the qualities (legacy, classiness, beauty, grace, style, sophistication, elegance and talent) that those who were called Miss Gay America were known. They respected the fact that the Miss Gay America pageant system was the most respected system and was the emeritus of all other pageants for female impersonation. They were impressed that no matter whom one spoke to, any entertainer (body augmentation or not), ANY and EVERY female impersonator would have given most anything at one time or another to become the next Miss Gay America.  They were intrigued that many attempted to take a more simplistic approach to enhance their career in female impersonation via the route of body augmentation below the neck, which obviously disqualified them from eligibility to compete and likewise many other pageant system were born. They thought it sad that others simply grew tired of their lack of success and resigned themselves to defeat and either stopped competing or migrated to another pageant system. As a result of believing in this quality form of entertainment and the Miss Gay America pageant system being the pinnacle in reward for female impersonation they supported and attended many Miss Gay America sanctioned events. In fact they even served as judge, co-promoters or was an audience at many Miss Gay America events.

In conversation with the second owner of the Miss Gay America pageant (the second owner of the most prestigious pageant and first to win this national title) he mentioned that he may one day be interested in selling the pageant system, to which the two men expressed an interest to purchase. Then, approximately two years later, the two men found themselves (in negotiation as potential owners of this most prestigious pageant for female impersonators, called “The Miss Gay America Pageant”.  After seemingly months of negotiation, it appeared as though the two men discovered the business that they wanted to purchase. It was just the business investment they were looking for in that it was indeed a legacy and would be a very meaningful thing for which to become involved. Especially considering that if the purchase happened they would not only take their place in “gay history” but would also have a tremendous opportunity to continue paving a way for many greater entertainers of female impersonation to capture their dream to be called Miss Gay America. And then it happened, in early 2005, the deal was done and the gentlemen were handed the reigns to own/operate and manage the world’s leading pageant in female impersonation called. As soon as the deal was sealed and the announcement was made, the telephone calls and emails started to flow in a “flash flood” like manner. No one really knew these two men and most everyone was concerned as to what would happen to the legacy they (the former Miss Gay America titleholders) so jealously guarded. 

While they always had a great admiration for the Miss Gay America pageant system and more particularly its national titleholders, they never dreamed that they would one day become owners of the nations most prestigious pageant for true female impersonation. And then when it happened, they became overwhelmed with a massive task list that needed to be accomplished in relative short order. It seemed as though items placed on the to-do list birthed another and soon what they thought to be a “behind the scenes” and “not so time consuming” business became overwhelmingly one of the greatest challenges they  encountered. As soon as they became the owners of the Miss Gay America pageant, they immediately inherited the pride of the system, the legacy that so many formers Miss Gay America titleholders, City/State/Regional titleholders, promoters and fans have worked so very hard to create and to sustain. Almost instantly their love for the pageant system became quite similar to that which new fathers would feel about their new born child…proud, boastful but VERY protective. They knew that investing into the Miss Gay America pageant system was more than hopes of reaping monetary gain. It was investing into a livelihood of some, a source of entertainment for some, a legacy for some, the link to gay history for some but more importantly, it was investing into a common ground that has connected so many across the country. Great friendships, partnerships and love/hate relationships were born and torn apart because of this great competition called Miss Gay America. But those who were part of the system in whatever capacity usually look back on their experience and realize that they became stronger in whatever role they played because of the structure and guidance that the system was known for.

In early 2005, once the announcement was made, they quickly began renovation of the Promoters Handbook, Franchise Agreement, Contestant Application and other official documentation. Their mindset was simply that the Miss Gay America pageant system would be fairly operated. In that effort to realize fairness to all, all rules and regulations that would warrant reward and/or chastisement should be clearly displayed for review by  anyone who wanted to participate in the system.  After countless hours/days of renovation, the rules and regulations were made public so that all who wanted to be part of the pageant system, would be clearly informed of the expectations in whatever capacity for which they chose to be involved. The rules were primarily published  to the attention of Miss Gay America titleholders, City/State/Regional Titleholders, Contestants, Promoters, Entertainers, Sponsors, Vendors, Tabulators and Judges so it was quite clear of not only the expectation, but also to include the sanctions for lack of compliance with various regulations. Now that the rules had been clarified and published, it was time to take-on the coming pageant season. With great anticipation (and just prior to the official announcement), the “first daughter” contacted the two new owners and with that, a great relationship was born. Their goal was simple and that was to 1)raise the level of expectation so as to attract the “cream of the crop” in terms of contestants and promoters 2)clearly define the expectations 3)require the person who wears the crown to acknowledge that they clearly understand and agree to abide by the regulations (acknowledged by submission of the contestant application) 4)provide the tools necessary to allow the newly crowned Miss Gay America to have an incredible reign and 5)hold the reigning Miss Gay America accountable for anything less than a satisfactory performance.  Thankfully, the pageant was purchased with a seasoned, veteran  entertainer, experienced competitor and administrator of the Miss Gay America pageant system. And with that, the first year of ownership of the national leading pageant for female impersonation was a smooth one. Granted, there was a stumble or two along the way, but the two men quickly realized that while the rules and regulations seemed cumbersome to enforce, they were designed to protect seemingly everyone from the other person. The regulations are loaded with enough detail to protect the competitors from the promoters, the promoters from the competitors and to ensure that if complied with, the rules would afford all (promoters, contestants and the reigning title-holder) with a must easier pageant season that otherwise.

After the first pageant season concluded, it was time to crown a new national titleholder.   These two new found pageant owners were quite nervous for many reasons including: 1)this was their first “large” pageant to coordinate 2)the reigning national titleholder was such a good administrator that they were afraid of whom the judges would award the title of Miss Gay America 3)the front- end expenses to produce such a large pageant were enormous and there was no clear guarantee that the front-end expenses would be recaptured and 4)the great friendship that developed between them and the reigning would change and the focus would then need to primarily be on the newly crowned Miss Gay America. They (the new owners) found themselves making every effort imaginable to ensure a well-organized national pageant that was clearly fair to all contestants. The previous owner told them that “no matter how one tries to portray a fair pageant, there will always be some who will make accusations that the pageant was “rigged”…” While they listened wholeheartedly to the previous owner regarding that warning and all of the “war stories” he shared about the history of the pageant, they mentally dismissed much of what he said as rhetoric from a bitter person… one that probably didn’t begin his involvement with the pageant as being so abrasive but one who certainly ended his tenure as being very jaded.  They reflected on the date of purchase of the national pageant and clearly remember the previous owner discussing every former Miss Gay America titleholder, many promoters and contestants and their good side and bad side, but mostly their bad side. They thought that surely some of the stories were fabricated or exaggerated and that surely no business could have experienced as much controversy, negativity and difficulty as was explained.

And then it happened… the national pageant started. Considering that it was their first year in operation of such a large national pageant, the week of national competition, all in all, was relatively smooth. Granted, a glitch here, a set-back there, more than usual stress because the producers of a documentary about the pageant were on-site and there were cameras recording most every move (which made for a very tense environment), but all in all the pageant was a huge success. Most left the national competition feeling rejuvenated in that the new national owners were going to clearly take the pageant system to a new level than before. The two new owners of the incredible pageant called Miss Gay America left the pageant feeling proud that they were able to organize and manage such a stressful event, then to feel proud that some of their coaching in part, helped to propel the winner of their regional pageant, to capture the title of Miss Gay America. Exhausted, they returned to their office only to realize that which the prior owner warned was true. They received many emails (and some letters) relative to “just how rigged the Miss Gay America pageant has been in prior years and that the new owners are continuing the tradition…”. Little did the two owners know that this accusation from the naysayers would hold true each and every year in that there will always be someone who claims foul, when their favorite does not win the national competition. Unfortunately, in each and every case, those who cried foul were not able to set aside their biased opinion in order to look at each contestant to see who would be best suited to become Miss Gay America. Also those who cried foul were not able to, with an un-biased eye” observe the entire package of those who did not win in order to see that once you look at the entire and consistent competition package of the winner there is usually a major flaw in those who did not win, which usually costs the runners-up a victory. More often than not, they have seen in their years, consistency wins every time!

The following and second year of their ownership proved to be a great year as well. The contestant who was crowned, just like the year before, was all that one expected Miss Gay America to be… beautiful, glamorous, seasoned, well-rounded, well dressed, intelligent, compassionate for the pageant system, caring for promoters and contestants, protective of the legacy that has been established by so many others, entertaining, willing to comply with the expectations established, capable to make good decisions that were clearly in the best interest of the pageant system and humble to wear the coveted national crown. Seemingly, as quickly as her reign started, it seemed to conclude. A great national pageant once again occurred and so did the email from the public about the pageant being rigged except only this time, the two now, not so new, owners were prepared and was not quite as devastated about the accusations. They now knew that no matter how hard they work to produce a fair pageant, there will always be someone who is angry/hurt because they did not win and either they (the contestant) or their entourage will cry foul. And so it was validated that the previous owner of the pageant system proved wise indeed.

Over the next couple of years, the next two persons to be crowned Miss Gay America was not quite as seasoned as the first two who reigned in the newfound administration however they did their job to the best of their ability. Both did not have the financial support as their predecessors so their beginning as Miss Gay America was challenging however, by the conclusion of their reign, they satisfactorily completed their reign but not without seemingly more obstacles than the previous two years. While they grew immensely during their reign, the owners of the pageant wished that they were more polished and seasoned entertainers/competitors as they would have had a much more of a pleasurable reign as they would have been much more prepared to reign. In fact, it was then that the owners of the pageant hoped that it was validated that the pageant was not rigged. Because if the owners of the pageant were to “hand select” a certain contestant, it was going to be someone who exemplified each and every characteristic that the country expects a Miss Gay America to be, rather than someone who was not quite as polished and seasoned as the country expects. They quickly learned that if the winner of the national pageant is not well known or does not “measure up” to expectations (costumes, jewelry etc.), the country can be brutal in  verbalizing their passing of judgment. The owners knew that they were investing into an established business but they also have a heart and they don’t want to see those they love or grow to love become hurt and beaten down because of the negative opinions from those who most likely are angry because their favorite contestant did not win or were never good enough in competition to capture the coveted title of Miss Gay America.  They (the owners) quickly realized that once a contestant is crowned Miss Gay America, they develop a relationship/partnership with the newly crowned Miss Gay America and with that comes feelings like a “fathers-daughter” relationship. That is, they do not want to see the Miss Gay America hurt in any way and become very protective and guarded. Also, just like in any “parent-child” relationship, if the child will do what is expected of them, more often than not, the relationship will be mostly rewarding. If not, it becomes the responsibility of the parent to hold the child accountable for their wrong-doing and discipline their child, all the while knowing that they are nurturing the child and enforcing the very guidelines that will ultimately prove much more rewarding than harmful. The same analogy applies to the owners of the Miss Gay America pageant system and those crowned as Miss Gay America. The owners learned that while it is, at times, difficult to enforce (and hold accountable) those who do not comply with the very requirements for which they agreed to uphold, it is necessary and clearly in the best interest of the pageant system to enforce the structure that is clearly defined.  Granted, they (the owners) rather spend their time growing the pageant system or thinking of ways to improve the pageant system, however accountability is necessary for any business management.

It took a few years for the new owners to become REALLY acclimated to the world of pageantry but once they acclimation process concluded, it was obvious that the business was cyclical. That is, day in and day out, year after year, the cycle of the pageant appeared to be a 10-step process which was 1)coronation of the next Miss Gay America 2)Immediately begin an extensive process to school the new Miss Gay America on how to be Miss Gay America 3)close-out the year end 4)work to renew pageants with existing promoter plus acquire new promoters 5)get promotional photos for the new Miss Gay America 6)make preparations to begin the new pageant season 7)handle issues that assuredly arise during the pageant season year 8)work with the reigning Miss Gay America in preparation for a great week for the national pageant that is in effort to be better than years before 9)coronate yet another Miss Gay America and 10)repeat the process. Granted there was lots of work in between the completion of each step but in general the 10 steps sums the year.

With the cyclical nature of the business, they also noticed that contestants seemed to spend years attempting to win the coveted title of Miss Gay America. Many contestants invested an enormous amount of time, energy and money into making their mark on the pageant system and taking their place in gay history.  They too realized that usually the more seasoned and veteran competitors seem to score higher than the newcomers. They thought this to be usual in any pageant system, however in pageant systems such as the Miss America system (for real women), they may only qualify to the national pageant one time and after that “one-time shot”  there are no other chances in that system. Unlike in the Miss Gay America pageant system, where one could enter multiple times, grow as a person, entertainer and contestant which usually, with each and every year, increases the chance of winning. Not to say that a first time contestant or a young (in age) contestant could not score well (if they honed in on the subcategory requirements) but usually the reason that the multi-time contestants, on average, score higher than the new contestant is that they (the multi-time contestant) usually realizes growth with each pageant experience and therefore, as they grow as an entertainer and person, they usually acquire a support system (including financial and emotional) that catapults them into higher scoring.

Having noticed that many contestants continue to compete, year after year, they (the owners) could not help but to get to know the contestants, repeat or not. And with the repeat contestants, they sometimes tend to “root” for some contestants in that they want them to do well. Especially those who they know could be a really great Miss Gay America IF only given the chance. They realized that yes, it would be much easier and less costly in every imaginable way, if they could simply hand pick the winner of the national pageant each year but they know that they could never do that (even if they found a way to do it) as being Miss Gay America changes the life of a person, usually for the better… They believed that fate plays a large part in life and that finding the next Miss Gay America is a matter best left to the judges and the contestants (with oversight from the national office). They too realized that each year they have their favorites who they think would be great Miss Gay America’s and that they would love to see them win… some actually win and some do not. Each year, they learned, they would be thrilled for the person who wins the national pageant, yet heartbroken for many who do not. The humbling thing about the Miss Gay America pageant is that no matter the entertainer, ALL would have given most anything to become Miss Gay America yet only few were ever fortunate enough to be called as such.

After 4 years as owners, the next national winner was one whom they (the owners) always hoped would win but began to question whether or not she would… It seemed that there was always one category that prevented her from scoring enough points to capture the crown but then it happened, and to their happiness, he was crowned as Miss Gay America and became one of the most well respected and loved Miss Gay America’s…  It was a great year administratively and he softened his illusion to become everything and more that the country expects a Miss Gay America to be.  While they knew that this contestant had potential of becoming Miss Gay America, they were not convinced it would ever happen so year after year, they witnessed and shared in the heartache with this contestant (and a few others). It was a great experience to witness him achieve his dreams for they knew that not only was he very honored that the judges selected him as the fifth Miss Gay America to serve under the administration of the “new owners” but they were excited that he was going to most likely be one of the best Miss Gay America’s… and they were not disappointed. They learned that there is something about a Miss Gay America titleholder that is difficult to identify however easy to see… the “it” factor is evident in the Miss Gay America titleholder and also in many who have yet to win. They (the owners) have met only a few contestants that they felt, if they continue to improve, could one day be crowned Miss Gay America as they contained that “it” factored that hopefully would continue to blossom into reaching the pinnacle in the craft… Sadly, they also realized that there are several that contained the “it” factor that would have been a great Miss Gay America if only crowned. They, along with many others, realize that so many have attempted, yet so few have been fortunate enough to be called Miss Gay America.

Each year, the owners began to meet new contestants, some who they appreciated as contestants, most of whom they knew (unless a miracle from above) would likely never make Top 10, let alone be crowned as Miss Gay America.  But in the midst of meeting new contestants and observing growth in contestants over the years, they couldn’t help but to think that with certain contestants, if they continued to pursue their dream, they could likely one day be crowned Miss Gay America. They had witnessed that many whom they thought possessed what was needed to become Miss Gay America, at some point, decided to abandon their pursuit but they knew that some would likely continue to follow their goals and would one day hear their named called as Miss Gay America. There was on contestant in particular that while they were not particularly fond of, they had a feeling that if she continued in the pageant system she would one day have “her moment”.  They watched her grow each year. In fact, when they first met her, they knew that she was talented enough, beautiful enough and had realized the concept of entertainment to the point that the blend of those things would likely propel her to winning the crown. The only thing she was lacking was a personality that would be pleasing to the judges. They knew that she was not the most admired competitor in various pageant systems yet she had realized success in most every “major” pageant system due to her grasp of what it takes to be a great competitor. As they (the pageant owners) realized that she could one day be called Miss Gay America and they would likely have no choice but to work with her, they decided to begin a relationship with her. A relationship that would begin with extending an offer to coach her (although she never entered their direct preliminary/regional pageant) for if she was to one day become Miss Gay America, they wanted to already have a relationship in process whereby hopefully her reign as Miss Gay America would be satisfactory enough to get her through the pageant year with little or no harm done to the pageant system, as a result of her reign. They made effort to comment on the things they saw she needed to work on in order to become more attractive to the judges. Then, as they attended the preliminary for which she qualified (as 1st alternate) for the upcoming Miss Gay America competition, they worked with her to explain things she needed to polish/enhance/soften/perfect. While they thought she would likely be crowned in coming years (considering she placed first alternate at her preliminary) they thought that there was more work to be accomplished than time permitted, prior to the national competition. Besides, they felt that considering the things (interview, personality, ego, confidence that was portrayed by most judges as arrogance) she most needed to work on, she would be hard pressed to overcome them in just a couple of months,  but nonetheless, they frequently talked with her and coached her.  Then, it happened. She was crowned as the next Miss Gay America. And, while they felt as if she was not quite ready, they embraced her into the pageant system, made her feel welcomed and a part of the partnership and wanted to begin schooling her to be the best Miss Gay America she could be. The schooling would not only help her as an entertainer and national titleholder, but would also help them as national promoters, to ensure that she continued to uphold the legacy that so many other great entertainers already established. After all, they realized that a contestant becomes Miss Gay America for only one year but they (the owners) work in the pageant system year after year therefore it is clearly in the best interest of the pageant system to mold the new Miss Gay America and coach them into hopefully a very successful and meaningful reign. Then when the one year of reign is over, hopefully the Miss Gay America will have either sustained or positively contributed to the legacy that so many cherish and respect rather than otherwise. The negativity or positivity they inject into the pageant system will be left for someone else the following year, so better to work with the newly crowned Miss Gay America to ensure that rather than damage to the pageant system, there is positive growth. Besides, being Miss Gay America is so demanding and no matter the person crowned, they want all who become Miss Gay America to have an amazing year as they are the spokesperson who will either add to or take away from the amazing reputation that the pageant continues to enjoy.

Once she was crowned, the “fathers-daughter breakfast occurred”, as usual. The contract was signed by both parties, the initial advance on the prize package was disbursed and the reign was officially in motion. At the time they purchased the national pageant system they (the owners) were careful to revamp, among other things, the Promoters Handbook, Franchise Agreement Contestant Application and Contracts. By signing the Contestant Application, the contestant who enters the Miss Gay America pageant agrees that they have “read, understand and agree to abide by many items detailed in the Promoters Handbook and Job Description Summary including but not limited to the following excerpts:

(an except from the Contestant Attestation that is part of the Contestant Application that is signed at the time of official entry as contestant into the Miss Gay America Pageant)

By signing below, I agree that I have received, read, clearly understand and agree to the verbiage detailed in all of the Miss Gay America pageant system information including but not limited to:

  • The Miss Gay America Job Description Summary
  • The Miss Gay America Contestant and Promoter Rules and Regulations
  • The Miss Gay America Entertainer/Emcee Regulations
  • The Miss Gay America Contestant Release
  • The Miss Gay America Dancer-On Stage Performer Release

(an except from the Contestant Release that is part of the Contestant Application that is signed at the time of official entry as contestant into the Miss Gay America Pageant)

I further agree that any of my actions which are deemed as demeaning to the crown (as determined by the owners of the Miss Gay America pageant) or the Pageant during my year as Miss Gay America are sufficient grounds for immediate and complete revocation of the title of Miss Gay America, the crown, all prize monies (un-disbursed or disbursed,) and all performance fees received as Miss Gay America.  I agree to honor the ruling of the owners of Miss Gay America as the final deciding authority.  I further agree I will abide by and be held accountable to follow the “Standards of Conduct for Titleholders” as adopted for use by the Miss Gay America Pageant. I further acknowledge that I have read, understand and agree to abide by the contestant regulations and information noted in the Miss Gay America job description summary. Likewise, I will sign a contract, to validate my employment with the Miss Gay America pageant system. I further acknowledge that there will be no disbursement of prize money or awards and that my reign, as Miss Gay America, will not officially commence, until the contract has been executed.

Then, once crowned as Miss Gay America, the newly crowned Symbol of Excellence is required to sign a contract for her position during the next year.

(an except from the Contract signed by the newly crowned Miss Gay America after coronation and at the time the first installment of the prize package money is distributed)

 

Miss Gay America will abide by the most recent Job Description Summary, (most recently updated). The Job Summary includes detail in the following areas:

    1. General Rules and Regulations of the Miss Gay America System
    2. Appearances
    3. Attire/Personal Appearance
    4. Crown/Tiara
    5. No Smoking
    6. Travel Accommodations
    7. Responsibilities
    8. Compensation
    9. No Compete Clause
    10. Resignation of Other Titles
    11. Reputation
    12. Other Employment
    13. Confidentiality
    14. Communication
    15. Official Photos
    16. Advertisement
    17. Revocation of Title and Crown
    18. Advisory Board of Directors
    19. The next Miss Gay America Pageant

 

Revocation of title and Crown

If Miss Gay America is deemed to be guilty of non-compliance with the above mentioned or any other acts, including but not limited to conduct unbecoming to a national titleholder, determined by L & T Entertainment, to be harmful to the title of Miss Gay America, or the Miss Gay America system, the title, crown, tiara, official jewelry and appearance stream may be revoked. It should be noted, that in the event that the revocation of the title occurs, the unpaid cash stream will immediately halt and Miss Gay America will not receive any other monies from L & T Entertainment. Should the national office deem necessary to remove the title and crown, the national office may or may not recognize the winner of the Miss Gay America pageant, as “Miss Gay America” for all intents and purpose, including but not limited to the history section of the former Miss Gay America portion of the website or any other publication on or about the Miss Gay America pageant. Additionally, should L & T Entertainment determine the need to remove the title from Miss Gay America, Miss Gay America will be required to repay prizes (money and physical prizes or the cash equivalent thereof) and return the crown, tiara, scepter, necklace, earrings and any other prizes not mentioned herein but received as a result of winning the national title.

As the end of the calendar year progressed, issues with the new Miss Gay America continued to arise (issues that they (the national promoters) could not tolerate).  At the turn of the calendar year, they hoped things would improve but rather worsened. As a result, the owners contemplated on making a business decision that was clearly in the best interest of the pageant system. They considered the reputation of all involved, primarily the Miss Gay America pageant system. They considered how revocation of the newly crowned Miss Gay America would reflect on them as pageant owners. They considered the cost involved for revocation of the title. They considered how the year would be operated including whether or not the first alternate would be able/willing to become the new Miss Gay America. They considered how such revocation of title would reflect on the promoters and the contestant. After much consternation, the decision was made to revoke the title of the newly crowned Miss Gay America. Prior to the decision, much of the thought included that in the mid 1970’s history tells that there was one who was crowned Miss Gay America whereby the title was removed for “conduct unbecoming to a Miss Gay America titleholder”. The prior owner of the national pageant was contacted for his advice whereby he concurred that it was most important to make decision to be in the best interest of the pageant system, just as he did in the mid 1970’s. He also stated that while the decision may have been difficult at the time, once the decision was made and was announced, the country eventually moved beyond the termination of the nations Symbol of Excellence and wholeheartedly supported the newly crowned Miss Gay America.

After decision was made, they decided to contact the person who was named as first alternate of the Miss Gay America pageant. Once they contacted that person, they required a “Confidentiality Agreement” in order to begin discussions relative to this sensitive issue”. After the Confidentiality Agreement was received, they explained (to the person named as 1st alternate) their intent, which was to 1)terminate the person who was originally crowned as Miss Gay America which was clearly in the best interest of the pageant system 2)an offer of promotion to the person named as 1st alternate which would include coronation as the new Miss Gay America 3)provide all resources possible to ensure that the coronation ceremony was meaningful 4)provide all resources available to ensure that appropriate orientation/schooling was received so that she could be an effective Miss Gay America. After much discussion, the contestant named as 1st alternate agreed that she was contractually obligated to become the next Miss Gay America and likewise consented to make the upcoming pageant season one to remember by all as one of the best years in pageantry. Part of the conversation they discussed with her included the fact that she would have to work diligently through the year to show people the she WAS a Symbol of Excellence and that when the public thought of Miss Gay America for that particular year, they would ONLY think of her. Little did they know how hard she would work and as history defines, once she was coronated, she clearly made her very positive mark of being known as one of the best Miss Gay America’s in the history of the pageant system!

Once the person originally named to the 1st alternate position accepted the offer to become the next Miss Gay America, legal documentation was prepared and the originally crowned Miss Gay America was notified that effective immediately her services as Miss Gay America were terminated. The notification provided to her included a statement of “conduct unbecoming to a national titleholder” for various reasons including but not limited to failure to perform all or most all of the required duties of a Miss Gay America titleholder. Additionally, that all prize package obligation to her (from all sources) would immediately cease and that she would be required to return all prize package (including cash, crown, scepter, tiara and jewelry) to the national office. Regardless of whether or not the prize package was returned, the focus immediately shifted from the person originally crowned as Miss Gay America and ALL focus was on the person who was soon to be crowned as the next Miss Gay America. What the national owners did not imagine was that three years later, they would still not be in receipt of the return of the national prize package that had previously been disbursed. Additionally, what they could not forecast was that she would later enter another growing “national” pageant system whereby, they too would terminate her services as the reigning titleholder.

As the announcement of the revocation of title occurred, the nation was abuzz. How could the national promoters terminate the services of anyone who was crowned as the national leading female impersonator, thought some? Many speculated as to the reasons (most speculation was unfounded and untrue). In fact some fabricated stories that she was fired because she was required to “sell her company” or “resign her day job” and only work as an employee of the national company. Some asked for specific detail to which the national office of the Miss Gay America pageant declined the specific details. As with any company, when employment is severed, the detail for the termination of employment is best kept in the confidential Human Resource files and not made completely public. The national office chose to use somewhat vague terms when the public disclosure occurred. Those who knew the national promoters know that they operate well within their legal rights and make every decision to be in the best interest of the pageant system. The public was provided with vague information however all affiliated with the pageant system was assured that the national office operated well within their legal rights to sever the employer/employee relationship. While the owners of the national pageant want the year of reign to be the primary focus of the newly crowned Miss Gay America, they also know that in some cases, there are those crowned as Miss Gay America whose primary source of income is not through performance income and likewise have other means of employment that subsidizes such a “hobby” or “sub-profession”. They (the owners) clearly understood that in most cases, the cost to entertain (quality make-up, costuming, hair, clothing and jewelry) at a level expected of a Miss Gay America titleholder is very expensive and few entertainers solely work as a female impersonator. In most cases, monies received as a female impersonator are usually reinvesting into costuming. And with that thought, the owners know that in some cases, the “daytime employment” takes priority, especially when the official pageant season as yet to commence. On the other side of that thought, the contestant should know the requirements to be Miss Gay America and should have already prepared to be Miss Gay America (upon entering the competition) which means preparation for time off from the “day job” (at least during the pageant season), travel arrangements and household responsibilities. But as the Job Description clearly defines, the primary expectation as a Miss Gay America is for attendance as all official/direct preliminary pageant competition, with no excused absences. If they choose not to travel as often or make appearance (as Miss Gay America) as one would imagine, it is their fault if their reign is not as amazing as they had expected. Granted, when preliminary season commences, there will be plenty of places to go and people to see but the “off time” (the time prior to the commencement of the official direct/preliminary pageant season is the time to travel and truly “enjoy” being Miss Gay America without having as much stress when having to serve as THE administrator or THE official representative at direct preliminary pageants. But, they (the owners) understood the need to continue to make a living. Hopefully the newly crowned Miss Gay America has planned to reign which includes balancing all that is required (costuming, travel, household and time-off as required) in order to have a dynamic year as Miss Gay America. Otherwise, the reign will be mediocre at best.

In the interim, until the coronation actually occurred, the person soon to be crowned was called “The Official Representative of the Miss Gay America Pageant”. They (the owners of the pageant) were known by many to operate a “first class” business so they knew that the coronation ceremony (which was scheduled for one month) later had to be nothing short of “first class” yet very meaningful. While they were heartbroken that the person about to be crowned did not get the privilege of hearing her name called at the conclusion of the stressful week-long national pageant competition, they wanted the upcoming coronation ceremony to be intimate yet powerful, making as statement to all that once the crown was officially placed on her head, by the most recent Miss Gay America and a few select others, that she would forever be known as THE Miss Gay America for that particular year. Part of the coaching that the new owners shared with the soon to be crowned Miss Gay America was that while “the moment” at crowning was important and memorable, she would learn that it was far more important to have a successful reign and the “the greater moment” would be when she relinquished the title (which should/would be much more meaningful and memorable). They shared with her that it was the quality of her reign that would leave the impression with the country, not the coronation ceremony however they did everything they could to ensure that the coronation ceremony was incredible. Once the coronation occurred, they (the owners) made sure that the Miss Gay America web site reflected the new Miss Gay America and that she would forever in history be known as Miss Gay America for that particular year. Additionally, the video of the national competition would ONLY reflect the coronation of her and not the one who was originally crowned. As history would soon prove, she listened to their advice and her reign was stellar. She took the country by storm and became known by many as one of the best Miss Gay America titleholders in the history of the pageant. She worked hard to be certain that the country only thought of her, when they thought of Miss Gay America for that particular year and she succeeded.

When they made the announcement of the her termination, as one could imagine, there was shock across the country. Those who thought all was well (primarily those who wholeheartedly supported her no matter the circumstance) were confused. Those who voiced complaints to the national office knew the validation for her termination. Those who really knew of this somewhat” new administration to the national pageant knew that the owners were much about business and all about accountability. After a few emails and letters of complaint, outrage and threats of a meaningless boycott, time passed and the world soon was peaceful once again. Interestingly enough, the letters of complaint were FAR less than expected. They (the owners) thought it odd that the most common comments about her termination was that “it was no surprise” and many stated that “they were surprised that the termination did not occur sooner”. It was most difficult to make the decision about the termination… not because they questioned whether or not they should do it, because they knew that carrying out the termination was clearly in the best interest of the pageant system. The difficulty in making the decision was out of knowing that the first alternate was contractually obligated to accept the offer of promotion to become the next Miss Gay America and that while they would plan a very nice, intimate and quaint coronation ceremony, the holder of the first alternate position would never get to experience “the moment”. “The moment” is that snap-shot in time when you hear the emcee call your name as the new Miss Gay America. Some work all of their lives for “the moment” yet never experience it. Others are fortunate enough to experience “the moment” and once it occurs they realize that winning the title of Miss Gay America is more than just experiencing the moment but, it is also about experiencing the reign . They (the owners) have been involved in pageantry long enough to know that “the moment” is very meaningful however they too know that there is a “greater moment”. The “greater moment” takes place one year after you have experienced a successful reign. It occurs when one knows that she has given her all and made every effort to abide by and enforce the rules and regulations of the pageant system. It is when every decision is made in the best interest of the pageant system yet no matter how difficult it may be to enforce a particular rule, when it is all said and done, enforcement of the rules was the best thing to do. Also it is realizing that one is well respected for having been a strong leader, doing the right thing and leading by example. The greater moment is knowing that the prior year of the reign was meaningful and worthwhile. It is realizing that one made a very positive contribution to the pageant system by doing what was expected, growing as a person and entertainer, all the while EARNING the respect of those that so highly respect the ones that reigned before you. It is hearing your named called just before the final “crown song” begins to play and to see the tears in the eyes of the audience because they have grown to love you and respect you. It is about realizing that the audience is sad to see that one of the greatest years in life (as the reigning Miss Gay America) is about to end. The greater moment is about weeping inside yet trying to be strong on the outside however, one can’t suppress the tears… no so much tears of sadness but tears of joy that you were fortunate enough to not only be called as Miss Gay America but also to reign as Miss Gay America. It is about looking into the audience and seeing the endless row of fans with dollars in their hands, each sincerely there for you and to bid you farewell as Miss Gay America. It is about the audience being there to let you know how much they appreciate and love you. The greater moment is seeing the fear in the eyes of the national promoter because they know you have performed at such a high level and they only pray that the person about to be crowned as Miss Gay America will do an equally great job. So while they (the owners) enjoy seeing “the moment” they have far greater enjoyment from seeing “the greater moment” while being able to thank the reigning Miss Gay America for a job well done.

The announcement of the termination of the reigning Miss Gay America was made, the reigning Miss Gay America was informed and plans were underway for a quality coronation ceremony. Oddly enough, little did the national promoters know that once they sent notification for termination of services to the reigning Miss Gay America, they would not have any other contact with her including return of the prize package that was already disbursed. They hoped that she would have been remorseful enough to return the prize package disbursed year to date. However, they had a sinking feeling that they would never receive any of the previously disbursed prize package, including monies, crown, scepter, tiara, jewelry etc). But they grew stronger in shifting their focus from the person originally crowned to the person soon to be crowned. They secured a location for the ceremony, distributed various forms of advertisement across the country, assembled former Miss Gay America titleholders and then planned an agenda for a meaningful ceremony of coronation. As the plans unfolded, the day of ceremony arrived and they prepared their emotions for the event. They planned the ceremony to be simple which was to simply call the former Miss Gay America titleholders to the stage, call the “soon to be” Miss Gay America to the stage, allow the formers to place the crown on her head and then officially deem what was once known as the person named as 1st alternate to now and forever be known as Miss Gay America for that particular year. It was a very moving ceremony. There were tears of joy flowing from most everyone in the audience (including the national promoters). Post crowning, there was an intermission and then a former Miss Gay America Revue Show starring the newly crowned Miss Gay America. The owners required that the previously recorded DVD should scrub the original crowning that occurred a few months prior and to only show the coronation of the newly crowned Miss Gay America. While there were a few DVD’s sold that showed the original crowning, future DVD sales would only show the coronation of the newly crowned. They (the owners) wanted to forever preserve the coronation of the new Miss Gay America. The Miss Gay America website was also scrubbed to only detail the new Miss Gay America and do away with as much history as possible relative to the person who was originally crowned.  For years to follow, each and every time the new owners watched the coronation ceremony, they would get emotional in seeing such a kind hearted individual reach the goal of her life. They were not privy to the months ahead but had an idea that her reign would be exceptional and worthwhile. They were not incorrect in their notion.

Now that the emotional coronation ceremony concluded, the promotional photograph session was scheduled for the next day. The owners of the national pageant (accompanied by the promoters of the regional pageant from which the newly crowned Miss Gay America qualified for the national competition) attended the photo shoot. It was a very emotional experience to witness the promotional photos, in the making, that would forever be part of the Miss Gay America history. The blend of the photo shoot, the pride of the owners of the national pageant and the humility of the newly crowned Miss Gay America was a moment to cherish. Maybe it was the inside knowledge of the emotions felt during the photo shoot but for a very long time thereafter, the finished product of the promotional photos would prove to be among the best. The days after the photo shoot became a crash course (for the newly crowned Miss Gay America) on how to be Miss Gay America, what to do and what not to do as Miss Gay America. The urgency of training was because in less than one month the first official preliminary of the pageant season would occur. While the owners were extremely nervous about the readiness of the newly crowned Miss Gay America, the coming months would be a whirlwind yet an exceptional pageant season. While there were a few who perhaps didn’t compete because of the termination of the previously crowned person, there were many more who competed (and became promoters) because of the integrity of the national pageant owners, that enforced accountability. The reign of the new Miss Gay America was stellar. Yes, there were a few obstacles along the way however the new Miss Gay America worked tirelessly to show the world that she was worthy to be called Miss  Gay America. Granted, the 8 point difference in scores clearly showed that while the judges may have not selected the best candidate for the job, they certainly chose wisely when selected the 1st alternate position. In fact, the importance of the first alternate position was clearly validated and for the 3rd time in the history of the pageant system (also in the mid 1970’s and mid 1990’s), the opportunity for advancement of the 1st alternate position was needed. Her reign was EXCELLENCE through and through.  And because the reign was so successful, she forever took her place in history as one of the best. The final week of her reign was very emotional yet she exuded exactly what the country expected a Miss Gay America to be. It was with great pride and a sense of accomplishment that the national promoters watched her farewell performance as Miss Gay America and to take her place in history as a “Former”. With each tear that fell because they knew she was going to soon become a “former” rather than the “reigning” they knew that she overcame many times of adversity and heartache and would forever be a Symbol of Excellence. They knew that many times during her reign, she was faced with the sharp tongues of the naysayers as they said that “she never actually won the title” but she showed them that while the scores may not have shown her as the winner on the final night of the national pageant, her actions, after she was crowned showed that she was worthy to be called Miss Gay America and that she was clearly the best candidate for the job. It was then, in her final and farewell performance as Miss Gay America that she clearly experienced “the greater moment”.

The next couple of years proved to be exceptional years for the Miss Gay America pageant system as the 7th and 8th Miss Gay America titleholders to reign under the auspices of the third owners of the pageant system were clearly EXCELLENCE. The 7th and 8th Miss Gay  America titleholders to reign under the “new owners” were seasoned, professional, glamorous, beautiful and talented. They clearly understood the job requirements and most of all was willing to execute the job responsibilities as it clearly meant more to them to reign as Miss Gay America than it did for them to win the title. In fact, most successful Miss Gay America titleholders know that being Miss Gay America is realizing that you have been selected to become part of something that is much larger than oneself. The new owners felt fortunate in that their last four national titleholders were everything and more that they and the nation expected a Miss Gay America to be. They were truly blessed. Then, the person to reign as the 9th Miss Gay America during their administration was also one that they felt would eventually capture the crown as she exemplified the excellence that they expect Miss Gay America to be.

Soon after the 9th person to begin reign under their administration, they were approached by a nationally syndicated reality television series for female impersonators. They were asked to sign a Release that their name, the name of the pageant system and possibly some photographs of their national winners could be used on the television reality show. Reluctantly they signed the Release. While they were not avid viewers of the television series/seasons they knew enough about the show to feel that it sometimes would cast light of entertainers in a degrading way. The advertisements of show eventually released the names of their cast for the upcoming season. Just as was rumored, two of the cast members, for the upcoming season, were both the individuals that played such a pivotal role in the unique history that surrounded recently the Miss Gay America pageant system a few years prior. So with anticipation, the pageant owners and many others began to watch the nationally syndicated television series. The show portrayed the person originally crowned during the most controversial year as the country knows her to be… Likewise, in a different manner the show portrayed the person who both became Miss Gay America and actually reigned during that year of controversy. While the first couple of episodes of the series teased about that year of controversy, the subsequent episodes finally detailed that year of controversy that surrounded the Miss Gay America pageant system. It was then that the person originally crowned, inaccurately stated that the reason that she was “dethroned” was because, “she had a voice”, “she had an opinion” and “wanted to be herself”. She even boasted (to the person who was crowned after she was dismissed as Miss Gay America) that she “had her moment”. That statement implies that the only thing that she sought, while entering the pageant was to have “her moment”.  Granted, the newly crowned Miss Gay America was “robbed” from her moment of victory, when after a grueling week of competition, her name was not declared as the new Miss Gay America however, in the opinion of most, the coronation ceremony for the person who was originally named as first alternate far outweighed “the moment” of the person originally crowned.  Most, fortunate enough to be called Miss Gay America, will proclaim that when they think of certain Miss Gay America titleholders, they think of their reign (events during the year) versus the crowning moment. To most, it should be more than just “having a moment”.

The statements that she was fired because “she had a voice”, “she had an opinion” and “wanted to be herself” infuriated the national owners because they knew that there was nothing farther from the TRUTH. This also saddened the national promotes. They (the owners) have seen 9 different entertainers to reign as Miss Gay America during their ownership. And, with those 9 different entertainers there were 9 different personalities and styles. While each personality and style was unique, the one common thread was that each of them possessed a desire to reign. Furthermore, they each possesses a desire to execute the responsibilities they agreed to, when they entered the pageant for the particular year in which they were crowned. And while each of those 9 Miss Gay America titleholders were different, they clearly worked during their reign to fulfill the responsibilities of their position as the leader in female impersonation. To those 9 (and most every other person fortunate to be called Miss Gay America), it was much more than “having a moment”.  It was about having a reign. Then if the reign was better than satisfactory, more often than not, the “greater moment” far exceeded the memory of the crowning moment.

They (the national promoters) have given the best years of their lives, their hard earned money, their time, their energy and emotions into the Miss Gay America pageant system. And while they have their favorites of who they would like to see crowned as Miss Gay America, they are forced to work with those that the judges award the unique distinction of being called Miss Gay America. They have always treated their investment as, among other things, a business investment and with a business investment one must work in the best interest of the business/pageant system. Clearly, not having a healthy relationship with “the star of the show” (the reigning Miss Gay America) makes for a challenging year. As all Miss Gay America titleholders can attest, the year is full of challenges in the normal course of business and not having a good team spirit or sense of partnership is not to the advantage of anyone. In fact, it will only make for a very turbulent year.  So to say that she was fired because “she had an opinion”, “she had a voice” or “wanted to be herself” was clearly false in every aspect. They owners of the pageant listen to the voice or the opinion. Granted at the end of the day, it was their business investment and they will make decisions as they choose however they would listen to the voice unless it was spoken in an arrogant, demeaning and disrespectful manner… But, they still listen to the voice of the newly crowned Miss Gay America. After all, they (the newly crown Miss Gay America) are best suited to communicate the current needs, wants, concerns and thoughts of the female impersonation community. After seeing so many different personalities, and that was just from those who reigned as Miss Gay America, they clearly knew that each entertainer crowned is unique. In fact, each brings a different mindset to their reign however the common link is the DESIRE to reign and the WILLINGNESS to not loose one-self but rather to remain true to one-self  while knowing that there are expectations. The respect for the crown and title should far exceed the respect for the almighty dollar and prestige that is associated with capturing the crown. A newly crowned Miss Gay America must perform their job duties in a satisfactory manner, as in any job, and anything less than a satisfactory job performance will result in accountability/administrative sanctions including but not limited to severance of employment.

They (the owners) have learned much from their business investment called “The Miss Gay America Pageant System”. They have met many great people along the way. They have experienced gain and much personal loss however there is a legacy to preserve. Their daily prayer is that the reigning Miss Gay America will have a stellar year all the while holding the pageant system together and positively contributing to the pageant system rather than taking away. Then, they further pray that the next person crowned Miss Gay America will have the common goals to preserve the legacy that all so jealously guard, gain great friends as a result of the reign and at least experience a “break-even” income statement. But, more importantly, they must know that becoming Miss Gay America is more that just “having a moment”. Yes, part of it is having a moment but it goes much deeper. It is about experiencing a great reign which will lead to a “greater moment” (experienced at the relinquishment of the crown). It’s more than “having a moment” it is about having a reign of EXCELLENCE!

 Moral of the story:
 

  1. Understand that for which you are volunteering to do (for when the judges choose you, the expectations are high so be prepared for the job for which you  volunteer)
  2. Be prepared to reign once you are chosen
  3. Never choose to be part of an organization only for the “hiring process” or for only wanting to “have a moment”
  4. Don’t want to become something that others have worked tirelessly to create and preserve if you are not willing to carry out the job responsibilities to the best of your ability
  5. Clearly understand that for every action, there is a reaction
  6. Being Miss Gay America is becoming part of something that is much greater than one-self
  7. True colors always show through, eventually.
  8. Anything worth being a part of has accountabilities.
  9. The owner/managers of any organization must make every decision to be in the best interest in the pageant system, removing any names/personalities from the situation but rather simply acting in the best interest of the organization.

 And as Paul Harvey would say… “So, now you know the rest of the story..."

 

 

     

 


 


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