The reigning Miss Gay America, Asia O’Hara of Dallas
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.
Asia T. O’Hara of Dallas has been crowned Miss Gay America 2016. The pageant was held this past weekend, Oct. 7-11, at the Holiday Inn Memphis Airport Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.
A lifelong Dallas resident, O’Hara was also Miss Gay USofA 2007 and All-American Goddess 2012. This was her first time to compete in the Miss Gay America Pageant, and she is only the second first-time contestant to walk away with the title.
Asia T. O’Hara is on the cast of The Rose Room in S4 in Dallas, and when she isn’t performing, she operates her own business, Antwan Lee Designs, which designs and creates costumes for high school dance and drill teams and for other drag performers.
The very talented Victoria Weston won the title of Miss Gay State, and Basha Nicole, another very talented performer, won the Miss Gay Dallas State At Large title. First runners-up were Natasha Alexander Parson for Miss Gay Dallas State, and Kenya Rider for Miss Gay Dallas State At Large. Vanity Rains, second alternate to Miss Gay Dallas State, did an excellent job as well.
I have to mention the other judges, Sabrina Starr and KamRun Hunter, who were great to work with, all the special entertainers and especially the 2015 Miss Gay Texas State and Miss Gay Texas State At Large titleholders, Sapphire Ray Brooks and Onyx Anderson, who both did a great job performing and especially in emceeing the show. They kept me laughing all night.
Michael “Sable Alexander” Champion owns the Miss Gay Dallas Texas State prelims, and he and his husband, Bill “Linze Serrell” Lindsey, own the Miss Gay Texas State pageant system. I have known Michael and Bill for about 24 years or so — since way back in the Glitz-n-Glitter days — and I have known few people ever who are as committed and dedicated to their community.
So again, thanks to Michael and Bill for asking me to be a judge, thanks to the performers for entertaining me, and congratulations to the winners. And oh yeah, big thanks to Brick bartender Netta who served up my bottled water with a smile!
In today’s edition, I have an interview with Kevin Gunter, the musical director of Uptown Players’ second-ever revival, the campy hit cross-dressing musical Pageant. The show pits six “natural born females” against each other for the coveted title of Miss Glamouresse. But you don’t have to take my word for it — see what the contestants are like in this video, previewing the production, which opens tonight. And you can get tickets here.
The 23rd Annual Miss Firecracker pageant returns just in time for July 4. Heavy on the camp and actual singing, the contest is also a benefit for TGRA and its charities. The winner goes on to compete for Miss Charity America. The lovely Victoria Weston will serve as one of the hosts.
DEETS: Dallas Eagle, 5740 Maple Ave. 7 p.m. DallasEagle.com.