This is the first entry since I have been crowned Miss Gay Arizona America 2012. WOW......this is all I can say right now. It has been such a ride already! You know, I really thought I knew what to expect, but I had NO IDEA! The Arizona community really has a deep rooted respect for the crown and it makes me so proud to be able to see it first hand. Right up front, it was great to feel such acceptance and support. I wanted to take a moment and really say a few words on behalf of my heart. First and foremost, To my Jefe, (Daniel) I am already blown away by your drive and passion for this crown. You inspire me to be a great Miss Arizona. I love our talks and how you always seem to understand. I promise to not let you down. Lee, from the day after Miss Arizona while sitting at Apollo's and discussing the future. I felt the love from both you and Ron. This means so much to you and I am so happy to be apart of the journey. I have to admit I was a bit intimidated about starting this whole new level of competition, but now I feel so confident I have the right people in my life to help me see it through. Thank you thank you thank you!
The contestants of Miss Gay Arizona America, it was such an honor sharing the stage with you. I said it before, YOU PUT ME THROUGH IT! Everything I saw that night was nothing short of excellence. I feel like we all help eachother grow throughout the years. I know many of the skills I've learned throughout the years have been attributed to the contestants I have competed along with at Miss Arizona America. This crown is a gift, a gift that challenges everything you are. Whether it's your 1st time or your 20th competing, each Miss Arizona has her time. I urge you to not let that dream die. It's worth it, trust me. I would not trade any of the previous years running for anything. It made me who I am. I am here for you. Each of the formers are here for you. If this crown means anything to you, as it did me, nothing will get in the way of your journey to it. You all inspire not only me, but the generations after you. Thats a big responsibility, but I trust in you.....I always will.
The judges of Miss Arizona, you had the hardest job of them all. Thank you for giving me this opportunity. For trusting me in upholding the legacy of Miss Gay Arizona America. I promise not to let you down either. It meant so much to me knowing the people on the panel, many people I have looked up to as well as respect, enjoyed what I had brought. Thank you for identifying the areas of strength and opportunity. It really has made me stronger. Kirby Kolby, you were the ultimate Symbol of Excellence. Your year has been nothing short of amazing. See you very soon!
The formers, my new sisters, your love is overwhelming in the greatest way possible. The long talks with Amanda Bury, the inspiring words given to me by Phaedra, Tori Steele, Lucinda Holliday, the white rose given to me on the crowning night by Angela Dodd (which goes in my crown box and goes everywhere I go), the huge amount of love and respect from Barbra Seville (your respect for this crown is so inspiring), Bunny Fufu I wasn't even crowned for a day yet and you already sprung to action when I need a former the most, Mya words can not express the amount of respect I have for you. You have always been a staple in this community, thank you for being you, Celebrity, Pussy, Sache, thank you for being there during that magical moment. It means so much to me to have you present during the crowning! Your support after has made me feel so confident and supported. TC Taylor, your support has been unmatched. Our daily chats make this road so much fun :) and Celia Putty, to see your drive and enthusiasm it makes me proud to wear this crown. Your love for this sisterhood has inspired me to ensure the legacy stays positive and well maintained. Thanks for everything you have given me, but most of all thank you for being an amazing symbol of excellence Miss Gay Arizona America 2011. To the formers that were unable to make it to this years event, I want to personally thank you for paving the road we all walk on today. For stepping in and making out art possible. As well as making this boys dream come true, in having an art form in which I can be myself and not be ashamed of who I was. My heart and throughts go out to you.
My support- Mom, Dad, and my brothers Michael and Robert. You are the best family anyone could ask for. You have made my life special from day one. For supporting me and challenging me to be something better each day. I'm so lucky to have you. Thank you for letting me be me. Mom, your words will forever live with me. "Chin up, shoulders back, now go show em' why you're here" I didn't really understand them when I was younger....but now they are the theme to my life.
Thomas and Ricky, WE MADE IT! All of those nights of rhinestoning, sewing, crying, laughing, talking, getting poked by needles, sweat, stress, and craziness was worth it. Thank you for believing in me when no one else did. For seeing Diva when everyone else saw Eddie in a dress. Most of all for making me feel like Miss Arizona my whole life. Thank you. Russell, the one behind the curtain. You changed my perception of the world. You made me step back and re-evaluate who I wanted to be. I make it a personal goal to be the person you see that I am. You have been there when the world was too busy to hear me cry, laugh, complain, or just talk about nothing. This is going to be a crazy journey, but with you in it, I feel unstoppable. Joe, what can I say? You have proven to be more than I could ask for. Thank you for jumping in when I needed you. For making me feel like I deserve more. Thank you for sharing this road with me. Janee Starr, thank you for giving me the challenge of living up to you HAHAHA! There are very few queens that have a bond so strong that its easy to include them in your life. You have proven to be that queen to me. The people that have ever given me a tip or a pat on the back or even just sat down and clapped. Thank you. Thank you Arizona for trusting me to represent you and giving me the task of carrying on this legacy that spans over 20 years. I will work hard to not let you down. Miss America is almost here, I'm excited and nervous but I have great support on my side. Ok Diary, I have some more stoning to do.....:)
Diva Miss Gay Arizona America 2012