I can’t believe we are 2 months away from crowning our new Symbol of Excellence for the state of Arizona. This also means the end of my reign is coming and what an amazing journey it has been. Congratulations to all 10 girls that have fought hard for their placements and their chance on becoming Miss Gay Arizona America 2014.
At the beginning of my reign I had the opportunity to sit down with one of my mentors, Barbra Seville and discuss what I wanted to do throughout my reign. I remember very specifically that at the end of our conversation she said “Make it your year, Make people remember you.” I have carried those words with me for the past 9 months and every stage, every event, and every new person that I have met I have tried my hardest to leave an impact. From the Echo Awards, to my open discussions with One N Ten, to Phoenix Gay Pride, Miss & Mr. Phoenix Gay Pride, Tucson 4TH Avenue Street Fair, Miss Gay Arizona America Prelims and many others of events, I have given my 100% to put the Arizona America Crown to the highest level and to make you all proud.
One of the best jobs of being Miss Gay Arizona America is being able to travel out of our city. My trips down to Tucson have been memorable. I will always say that Tucson has a special passion for Miss Gay Arizona America. The respect and love from the people that attend the shows, the Tucson America promoters and my fellow sisters has been incredible. Tucson will always have a special place in my heart. The bond I have created with so many people like, Janee Starr, Miss Gay Arizona America 2012 Diva, Miss Gay Arizona America 1994 Lucinda Holiday and the Miss Gay Tucson America Promoters Thomas De la Cerda and Ricky Harrison goes beyond friendship, it’s like family.
As my book is about to reach its last chapters, I want to share something that has truly made my year special. Growing up, I was bullied and harassed through Elementary School and Junior High. I never felt like I belonged, I was always a loner. I would eat lunch by myself and nobody ever wanted to hang out with me or be my partner in school projects. Matter of fact, I hated when the teacher would say “pick your partner” because I would always be the last to be chosen or the teacher would pick my partner. I never felt like I belonged anywhere. Thanks to this life style we call “drag” and to the America system, I feel like I finally belong. The friendships that this reign has allowed me to build have made me feel “like I finally belong.” To some people it might sound like a joke but when you go through part of your childhood feeling left out, you would understand exactly what I mean. If you have ever felt like I did, like you didn’t belong because you were different, find out what you love to do. Surround yourself with positive people that will serve as mentors. People that will bring you up when you are down. People that will hold your hand when you are about to fall. That is exactly what I did and those people have become my “Familia Forever”
Well there are a few more Chapters to write before I go on the books as a “former”. In the meantime I have to prepare for my step-down and make it a memorable and special night. Mark your Calendars for Miss Gay Arizona America 2014: The Musical June 21 and 22 2014.
Thank you Arizona for loving me and trusting me to represent you
Miss Gay Arizona America 2013
From the Journal of Miss Gay Arizona America 2015, Nevaeh McKenzie