As I am sitting here in front on my laptop trying to figure out what exactly I want to write in the months Gazette, I am overcome by emotions. Everything from anxiousness and excitement to nervousness and fear. The one emotion the keeps flooded over me and has become a stronger and stronger feeling as I get closer to Nashville is how great full I am for the love and support that I have received since becoming Miss Gay Arizona America. I am still finding it hard to believe how many people lined up to support me. From hosting and organizing fundraisers, to performing in shows, donating item to auction or just giving money. To see the same faces appear at every event I have done so far, cheering me on and wishing me luck, is a feeling I cannot put into words. To know that I have the love, admiration, and most importantly the respect of so many, tells me that that not only am I doing a good job as Miss Arizona, but I can also do a good job as the next Miss Gay America. It has been a dream of mine since first discovering Miss Gay America several years ago, when I went to support Team Arizona, and now I am ready to make my dream become a reality. With the support I have received I know I can achieve it, because I believe in myself, but more importantly because you believe in me. There are so many to thank, but I will not list all of the names because I do not want to forget anyone. You know who you are and you know that I love you!
The road has not been a perfectly smooth once since winning Miss Arizona, it has had its highs and some lows, but I chose to focus on the positive and me, myself, and I. To embrace those that support and respect me and to cut lose those that do not. The past 3 months have flown by so quickly and I have poured my heart and soul into preparing for Miss Gay America, but this does not mean that I forgotten who I am and the state I represent. I have some things in the works and upon my return from Nashville, win or lose; I will be putting these items into action and giving back. I will be asking for you to stand by me and assist me in these so together, as one community, we can give back as one. I look forward to these events and I hope you do as well. Keep your eyes open for more info to come.
I want to leave you this month with some words of wisdom that were passed down to me and really rings true for me. Someone once told me, it doesn’t matter if you are the most popular or have the fanciest things in life. What matters is who you are inside and who you are in your heart. I really do believe this to be true and I can tell you to never let anyone else decide who you are and if you are worthy or not. Always stay true to who you are in your heart and the rest will come to you naturally.
I love you and here's to bringing the national crown home to Arizona
Grecia Montes D'Occa
Miss Gay Arizona America 2014
From the Journal of Miss Gay Arizona America 2015, Nevaeh McKenzie