In 2010 I competed for my first Miss Gay Arizona America Preliminary Miss Gay Phoenix America honoring Miss Ebonae Shane and TC Taylor was our reigning “symbol of excellence.” It was the first time I had truly experienced what the power of female impersonation had, and when you are given that power, you have the ability to change people, to move people, for me, TC and Ebonae gave me the realization that the America was for me, It was the excellence they created that had made me want to be Miss Arizona so badly. TC Taylor had created such an incredible legacy that has stuck with me and I still continue to aspire to everyday. After 2010, I competed for the Miss Gay Arizona for 2 more years and had decided to take a break from competition. During that time, I woke up everyday researching something new about the America System, I never wanted to go to bed without knowing a bit more about this system whether that be the History, Rules, Legacy, Formers, overall closing my eyes knowing THAT much more about what it means to be a “Symbol of Excellence”
In 2015 I decided to come back to competition and I knew in my heart, that if I were to return, I would want to return right back where I started, to Miss Gay Phoenix America. I wanted my journey back into the America system to come full circle and symbolize not only to myself, but to my community, that I grown up. I wanted my return to symbolize that the fruit of all the former Miss Gay Phoenix’s who I had learned about, shared the stage with, heard stories from, my return was the fruit of their legacy, it was a testament that they kept the fire lit inside me to not give up, keep striving and achieve what you want.
I knew that if I were to return to Miss Gay Arizona America, I wanted to work with the best. I sure am lucky to have gotten the two individuals who are the true face of the Miss Gay Phoenix America pageant: Todd Wyckoff and Gabriel Medellin. I can honestly say in my heart of hearts that I know I couldn’t have gone on to not only win Miss Gay Arizona America, but place Top 5 at Miss Gay America without these two. Whenever I doubted myself or was afraid to ask for help (A huge weakness of mine) these two gentlemen only ever said “Whatever you need Miss Gay Phoenix” which in turn, changed to “Whatever you need Miss Arizona.” I cannot even begin to express how grateful I am to these two amazing individuals. Thank you to my “Boss men” for giving me such an incredible experience as your Miss Gay Phoenix, Miss Gay Arizona and such amazing help at Miss Gay America.
The 2015 Miss Gay Phoenix America pageant was held on February 20th and I chose the theme “Transcendence” for that is what the Miss Gay Phoenix America preliminary has done and continues to do, it goes above and beyond the normal level, it is the symbol of continuity. I was so fortunate to have had so many former Miss Gay Phoenix Americas attend, support and participate in this preliminary and even more fortunate to have had 4 incredible contestants for this title. Lady Christian, Jolisa Michaels, Robyn Mansions and Alicia D’Soto vied for the title. As I have stated in every newsletter, I wish all the contestants could qualify, and they all truly deserved their chance to go on to Miss Gay Arizona America. However, Lady Christian came out the victor and Robyn Mansions became her 1st alternate. I am so proud of all four contestants for competing and blowing everyone in the audience out of the water.
I was told early by my sister and former Miss Gay Arizona America 2013 Tyra Marie. “You are going to have a preliminary that is going to make you break down and cry, you are going to lose it.” As much as I tried to fight it, it was during my step down as Miss Gay Phoenix America, that I totally cried like a baby. I realized during my final song that I will never be Miss Gay Phoenix America again, My 5 year long journey had finally come full circle. I saw everyone who had seen me on this journey, who had their words of advice, support and love, I became overwhelmed with emotion.
I can’t thank everyone enough for these past 5 years, and there are genuinely no words, it truly has been an honor to be your Miss Gay Phoenix America and even more being your Miss Arizona.
I am a firm believer that a competitor is only as good as the team supporting them and being a promoter for the Miss Gay America System is proof of that statement. On March 27th we welcomed the inaugural title of Miss Gay Scottsdale America, the second to last preliminary for this 2015 Miss Gay Arizona America season. I want to take this moment to acknowledge our newest promoters to the MGAA family, former Miss Gay Arizona 2007, Mya McKenzie, Miss Gay Arizona America 2012 Diva, Miss Gay Arizona America 2013 Tyra Marie. Thank you to these three amazing and legendary former MGAA’s for stepping up and taking on the strenuous role of being a Promoter. The Theme for this preliminary was “Rolling out the Red Carpet” and holy cow, they certainly did! We had a plethora of entertainers including Former Miss Gay America 2000, Catia Lee Love, Former Miss Gay Phoenix Pride Trixee Deelux, Reigning Miss Gay Western States Barbra Seville, the gorgeous Miss Nova Loza and our very own reigning Preliminary Titleholders: Miss Gay Phoenix America Lady Christian, Miss Gay Copper City, Lady Ashley, Miss Gay Tucson, Tempest DuJour and 1st alt. to Miss Gay Tucson Demi La Raye and 1st alt. to Miss Gay Copper City Robyn Mansions.
With so much entertainment it was even more incredible to see so many contestants as well. Savannah Stevens, Janee Starr, Alicia D’Soto, Mistii Kage and Alaysia McKenzie all vied for the title to become the first Miss Gay Scottsdale America. Each contestant did such a phenomenal job and I couldn’t have been more blown away by each and every one of them. If I had my way, I would love to see all of these contestants go on and compete at Miss Gay Arizona, sadly, we cannot.
The very first Miss Gay Scottsdale America is Savannah Stevens and 1st alt. Janee Starr, these two amazing entertainers will go on to Miss Gay Arizona America on June 26th. To the contestants that had not qualified, please keep pressing forward, as I always say, you can hear a million “No’s” but all you need is one “Yes”
I want to thank you everyone who came out to support the very first Miss Gay Scottsdale America Pageant, it is truly cause of all of you in the audience that continually attend these contests that make us who we are. Thank you to our judges for donating their time and talents and helping us choose our next qualified contestant. Finally, thank you to Tyra Marie, Mya McKenzie and Diva (My sucia sisters) for stepping up and putting on one heck of a contest. You 3 have been such amazing inspirations, not only to me, but to everyone you come across and I am so honored to have you join the prelim season during my reign! Thank you for continuing the legacy and encompassing what it means to be a “Symbol of Excellence”
Please join us for our final preliminary “Miss Gay Queen of the Desert America” Honoring Lady Christian, on April 24th at Cruisin’ 7th.
From the Journal of Miss Gay Arizona America 2015, Nevaeh McKenzie