On Thursday, Feb. 4, L & T Entertainment announced the sale of the Miss Gay America Pageant to Mad Angel Entertainment, owned by Michael Dutzer and Rob Mansman of Baltimore, who also own the Miss Gay USofA Pageant.
L & T Entertainment owned the Miss Gay America Pageant since February 2005. In 2013 L & T announced it was seeking a purchaser for the pageant system, but wanted someone that would keep up its tradition of excellence.
Asia O’Hara of Dallas, the reigning Miss Gay America, was briefed an hour before the sale was announced and congratulated Dutzer and Mansman after the official news release.
Miss Gay America was established in 1972 when founder Jerry Peek crowned Norma Kristie (aka Norman Jones). Jones owned the pageant from 1975 to 2005 when Larry Tyger and Terry Eason of L & T Entertainment purchased it.
There are 28 preliminary state and regional pageants leading to the national pageant, held each year in October.