Wednesday, May 22, 2019
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 37 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 
 
Uncomman Fragrance by Michael Todd
 
KitchenSource.com
 
 

125x125 Bedding Sets
 
Roku.com-The Little Black Box That Streams Thousands of Films!
 
 

 

[Valid RSS]

click to go to advertisers website
 
The 40th Annual Mr., Miss, & Ms. Gay Washington Pageant
Section One
ALL STORIES
  next story
The 40th Annual Mr., Miss, & Ms. Gay Washington Pageant

by Gaysha Starr - Special to the SGN

The Imperial Sovereign Court of Tacoma hosted the 40th Annual Mr., Miss, & Ms. Gay Washington Pageant last Saturday night at the La Quinta Tacoma. Stepping down was Mr. Gay Washington 2009 from Everett, Matt Surreal Caché, and from Pasco, Miss Gay Washington 2009, Roxanne Von Cummins.

The pageant was attended by a little over 100 guests and was co-hosted by Mr. Gay Washington 1996 Rob Surreal, Miss Gay Washington 1985 Marcy Kraft, and Miss Gay Washington 1994 Madison Lane.

Having attended this pageant since 1995 and being a former Miss Gay Washington in 1996, it was very interesting to see how much has changed in even 15 years. Aside from the obvious in the drag artistry and performance numbers, what struck me is how much the social issues and causes have changed with the Gay Washington titleholders.

Last year, when Roxanne stepped up as Miss Gay Washington 2009, her platform was marriage equality. Out of drag, Roxanne is also known as Brian Griffith, and he was able to spend part of his year working with the Referendum 71 campaign for protecting domestic partnership laws in Washington state. He served as the Tri-Cities contact and organized the weekly phone bank campaigns in his area.

When asked about how she felt about her reign, Roxanne commented, "2009 was an amazing year. I'm proud of our state and I'm proud of our community. We re-affirmed the rights of ALL families to be safe and protected, and I was proud to have been a part of that."

There were three contestants that ran for this year's title. Competition for Miss Gay Washington was between Seattle's Ifeelya Cummins and Vancouver's Rhea Range. Running unopposed for the Ms. Gay Washington was Tacoma's Sir Awesome. There was no one who ran for the title of Mr. Gay Washington.

There were five competition categories, with the first starting the night before with a judge's interview. The night of the actual pageant, the three contestants participated in an All-White After Six Presentation, Evening Wear, Talent, and Impromptu Questions competitions. The five judges ranged from business owners to leather titleholders.

In between each category there were special guest spots from across the state and Oregon, and anniversary performances from former Gay Washington titleholders. Some of the best performances were from Miss Gay Washington 1984 Coco Vaughn, Miss Gay Washington 2006 Athena Kiss, Imperial Princess 13 of Tacoma, Divonne Lexington, and the reigning Miss Gay Oregon, Adrienne Alexander.

A few other highlights of the evening were when Mr. Gay Washington 2008 Ryan Surreal presented two checks totaling over $3,200 to two nonprofits in Spokane and Tacoma on behalf of his continued fundraising, the banter between the three emcees - especially when I got Mr. Gay Washington Rob Surreal to buy $100 worth of drinks for the thirsty crowd - and an impressive buffet.

At the end of the five-hour pageant, Ifeelya Cummins was crowned Miss Gay Washington and Sir Awesome was crowned Ms. Gay Washington. They will spend their reign making public appearances, fundraising, and performing community service.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

Obama memo: hospital visitation rights for same-sex couples
------------------------------
SGN INTERVIEW: Queer Youth Space in Seattle
------------------------------
Effort to repeal Prop 8 fails to collect enough signatures - Federal Prop 8 trial remains paused
------------------------------
Justice John Paul Stevens signals retirement
------------------------------
Tour de Life: The past imperfect of the Vatican
------------------------------
The 40th Annual Mr., Miss, & Ms. Gay Washington Pageant
------------------------------
The Barista Boyz of Broadway
------------------------------
Missoula passes anti-discrimination ordinance
------------------------------
Elliott Bay Book Company holds grand opening
------------------------------
OUT Sustainability holds second annual Earth Gay
------------------------------
Uganda 'kill the Gays' bill loses momentum
------------------------------
Argentine court annuls first Gay marriage
------------------------------
Malawi Gay prisoner seriously ill
------------------------------
Camp Ten Trees celebrates 10 years
------------------------------
Constance McMillen invited to be NYC LGBT Pride Parade grand marshal
------------------------------
General Gayety: Gay news that's fit to print
------------------------------
BREAKING NEWS
------------------------------
A Lesbian on the Supreme Court?
------------------------------
Washington uncorks its best at Taste Washington!
------------------------------
Arkansas judge strikes down adoption ban
------------------------------
Supreme Court to consider case against California law school
------------------------------
Bleckley prom goes smoothly
------------------------------
Tennessee School Agrees To Remedy Harassment And Censorship Of Gay Student
------------------------------
Before Gay Marriage Fight, Clashes on Free Speech
------------------------------
Moments Ago GetEQUAL Activists Interrupt Pres. Obama During Fundraising Reception Speech
------------------------------
Court splits sharply on campus Christian argument
------------------------------
Police wagon has pulled up
------------------------------
Divorce dilemma: Texas says gays can't get divorce
------------------------------
Unfortunate news. The Maine LGBT Civil Rights March has been postponed indefinitely.
------------------------------
GetEQUAL Disrupts Congressional Hearing to Demand Action on Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)
------------------------------
Spokesman: Park Police 'screwed up'
------------------------------
ACLU Complaint Takes On 'Decoy' Prom For Mississippi Lesbian Student
------------------------------
One Story, Two Sides
------------------------------
Gay groups frustration rising on 'Don't Ask'
------------------------------
'Not gay enough:' Softball players sue
------------------------------
White House ostracizing SLDN
------------------------------
SF Pride gives Ashburn 'Pink Brick'
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
SkinCareRx Banner (250x250)
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

Roku.com-The Little Black Box That Streams Thousands of Films!
gay news feeds gay news readers gay rss gay
http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml
copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2010

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News
Pacific Northwest News in Seattle News in Washington State News