Drag diva Whitney Paige passes

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Whitney Paige

Whitney Paige, a popular Dallas drag queen who has held numerous titles, including twice Entertainer of the Year, Miss Gay USofA at Large and most recently Miss Continental Plus 2013, has lost her battle to pancreatic cancer.

Just this past Sunday, the Rainbow Lounge in Fort Worth held a fundraiser for the diva, who hailed from Little Rock.

She made a Dallas personal appearance in May at the Miss Gay USofA Classic pageant at the Round-Up Saloon.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Scenes from the Miss Gay USofA Classic Pageant at the Round-Up

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The Round-Up Saloon played host to Night Two of the annual Miss Gay USofA Classic Pageant on Monday. Similar to the Miss Gay USofA Pageant in every way save for an age requirement, Classic boasted 29 contestants, all ages 40 or above as per the rules. Contestants hailed from all over the country, the closest being Dallas’ very own Edna Jean Robinson and UnShante DeFoxx, and the farthest being Marina Del Rey, who traveled from Hawaii. Amy DeMilo won the title with Roxie Hart and Victoria Lace finishing as first and second runners-up, respectively.

Night One of the pageant set the stage for the elimination of all but the top 12 competitors. Remaining contestants competed in two categories: Evening Gown and Talent. In many instances multiple talent presentations were as flashy, intricate and creative as the gowns worn. With five minutes allotted to each contestant to set up the stage, many took advantage, and — with the help of each contestant’s own personal team — assembled elaborate sets adorned with props, hidden places for costume changes, and specially made backdrops. One in particular was Billie Jean, the winner of Miss Gay New England USofA Classic. With three costume changes during the allotted seven minutes of performance time, Jean began with a costume bearing a striking resemblance to Wonder Woman, then transformed to impersonate Annie Lennox from the Eurythmics, and ended as a priest(ess), complete with collar and rosary. Another over-the-top performance was given by first runner-up Roxie Hart. With the help of two professional ballet dancers, Hart put on her own rendition of Black Swan, with herself in the title role, and received a standing ovation at the conclusion of her talent presentation.

—  Patrick Hoffman

Miss Gay Texas USofA crowned

Over the weekend, the Miss Gay Texas USofA pageant took place in Houston, but Dallas was widely represented, though Houstonian Chelsea Lauren was the winner.

Skye O’Hara Paige, sponsored by Woody’s Sports & Video Bar and backed by dancers that included dethroned Miss Gay America winner Alyssa Edwards, was the second runner-up, and took the “interview” portion. Dallas’ Kelexis Davenport performed, as local Whitney Paige was one of the judges.

You can view a photo slideshow from the event here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Miss Gay Texas USofA in Houston

Photos by Don Maines of the Miss Gay Texas USofA pageant, including Skye O’Hara Paige, Kelexis Davenport, Whitney Paige, Tommie Ross, Tersa Matthews and others.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones