This month we are featuring TC Taylor, Miss Gay Arizona America 2009. This year we are celebrating TC’s 5th anniversary. TC was one of the few Miss Gay Arizona America titleholders that won on the first try. During TC's year, he spent a lot of time raising money for local charities. At the end of TC's reign, he raised over $10,000 for local charities and is celebrated today as one of the best Miss Gay Arizona America titleholders.
Let TC tell the tale and help us celebrate Miss Gay Arizona America 2009...
I am in that small handful that won Miss Gay Arizona America on my first attempt. I got my “ticket”as the 1st Alternate to Miss Gay Copper City America.
When you won Miss Gay Arizona America, what did you do for talent? What color did you wear for gown? What was your favorite category when competing?
My long talent was Lucy in the sky with Diamonds. I helped design the style of my gown in addition to picking the fabric. It’s a DAE original done in Blue and Teal. My favorite category is Male interview for a few reasons. Interview gives an inside look at the “man behind the makeup.” I am a pretty private and quiet person. I love shocking a judge’s panel with my life and career experience outside of “drag”. In addition to public speaking engagements, there can be situations during you reign you have to think quickly on your feet and in a professional manner.
I remember thinking many things standing on that stage almost all at once:
“ I did my best... but was I consistent enough across the board to win?... wow, I learned a lot…. Huh, I spent so much time, energy and money preparing and planning– guess I will have to take what I have learned and do it again next year….Yeah, it’s done! …This was fun…will do it again…Wherever I place, I will be gracious and treat the winner how I want to be treated… if….” … HOLY S$#* , I DID IT!
“Team TC” was in place before my reign. I wouldn’t have won without any of these people …. Phaedra, Dottie Peppers, Big Booty Judy, Mya McKenzie, Lezbien McKenzie, Alicen, Ra Ra, Cole and Bryon Wiley and the staff of Kobalt.
Daniel was a fantastic support system during my reign. We created a bond and friendship that is still just as strong today. He was also a tremendous support during my reign. Phaedra was the one person the influenced me the most. All of our “Talks” had a tremendous impact on me as an entertainer and title holder.
Throughout the reign, what do you feel was one of your defining moments?
There were a few defining moments that I will always cherish and never forget. I chose to do a crown song during every show and donate the tips to organizations in our community that I stood behind.(credit to Phaedra) I remember 1n10 was in a bit of pinch and holding an urgent fundraising show. I was unable to be part of the show but ran down after work and handed Nick Ray $500.00 in cash that night I had raised through crown songs. It was an overwhelming experience.
Miss Gay America – What a trip! I was on the cover of the St. Louis New Times, and won The Michael Andrews Miss Photogenic Award.
How has being Miss Gay Arizona America shaped your entertaining career?
It really “Polished me.” I can’t leave for a show without steaming everything. Miss Arizona America opened many doors and introduced me to incredible people along my journey. I always strive to be creative, original, professional and do my best.
What is the best part about being a former?
It’s a trip down memory lane each and every year. It’s my favorite event of the year, and I often spend months preparing. It’s the one night of the year “The Sisterhood” is all together. We all have at least one thing in common; we will always be a Miss Gay Arizona America.
What advice would you give the 10 contestants competing for the title of Miss Gay Arizona America?
Be yourself but be open for critique, believe in yourself and be nice to people for goodness sakes….
What has having the title of Miss Gay Arizona America meant to you?
It changed my life. “The crown doesn’t make you, You make the crown,” I put my heart and sole into my reign. I will cherish my year and the friendships I created forever.