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 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.
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”