Can you believe it's December? Where has the time gone? I guess it’s true what they say, time flies when you’re having fun!
November was a great month, it started with a trip to Springfield, MO for the Miss Gay Springfield America pageant. Springfield is a two day event that starts off with a Forever Miss Gay Springfield America review show. It was so great to see the MGSA sisterhood in action, they truly look out for each other's wellbeing! I got to share the stage with Akasha Royale helping to host and it was a fantastic time!
On Saturday the pageant began with two contestants that are no strangers to the MGMA stage, Musica Malone and Ruby Diamond. It was a great pageant to watch and was also the last time we would see contestants competing in the solo talent category. Both contestants were fantastic but it would be Ruby Diamond to capture the title of Miss Gay Springfield America and Musica Malone placing 1st alternate, both gaining a ticket to MGMA COMICON in April at the MCC church in St. Louis!
The following week would be one of the most important of our lifetime with the presidential election. I had so many thoughts in my head while watching in shock and awe as the results came in. My mind is still racing and I found comfort and encouragement in the words of wisdom from myself and some of our title holders in the MGMA family.
On November 18th I traveled to Columbia, MO for the return of the Miss Gay Columbia Missouri America pageant after a two year hiatus. Promoter Musica Malone would breathe new life into the sisterhood and she did so with a bang. Four contestants showed up in hopes of being crowned the next MGCOC. Molly Alice Minx, Veronika Versace, Amanda Lay, and Lucie Lush. It was an amazing contest to watch all four contestants brought their “A” game and there was no telling who would win but it was pageant newbie, Veronika Versace, to capture the title and Amanda Lay to place 1st alternate. Though Veronika Versace is new to pageantry, she really turned heads with her professionalism in Male interview, her grace and elegance in evening gown and her incredible speaking skills during onstage question.
My favorite thing for November was I got a surprise visit from my mother, I didn't think I would get to see her again until next April! She always had the talent for showing up when I needed her. I love you mama!
Thanksgiving was a great time with Kevin’s family. Spent the day eating great food and talking out preparations for my first cruise ever! We leave on December 2nd with Kevin’s family to the western Caribbean and Eastern Mexico cruising the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. I'm filled with excitement and nervousness all at once!
Looking at what’s to come, I will be starting a highlighted contestant of the month video segment as well as a road to MGMA video segment to keep everyone up to date with what’s happening! My preparation camps will go from not only online but to in person meetings as well! I am very excited to bring more to the MGMA family following the New Year!!!
Have a happy holiday, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
FROM THE BOARD:
Hello friends, family and fans of Miss Gay Missouri America.
Another year is coming to an end quickly and a whole of things happened this year, some that will for sure make the history books, but somehow through it all we will survive. Miss Gay Missouri has been very busy doing a fantastic job overseeing all of the 7 preliminaries and guiding the 14 qualified contestants on all the changes in the America system. Regina has also been working with promoters and the board to help make MGMA 2017 a smooth transition. We are so proud to announce again the MGMA 2017 will be returning to St. Louis Mo. at the MCC church on April 6th 7th and 8th. Watch for the MGMA teasers coming to Facebook and posters will be out and up soon and adds for the souvenir program will also be availible as well. So if you need a poster or want to advertise your business in the program reach out to Regina or one of the board members and we will get that information to you and get your ads going. While we are on this subject, tickets will be coming as well so don’t miss the opportunity to grab them early and save a bit when you purchase all three night in advance. You won’t want to miss our biggest year yet.
Ladies, upcoming preliminaries that are waiting for you to get your qualifying ticket to MGMA 2017 are:
Miss Metropolitan: Grey Fox in St. Louis. January 21st, 2017 Contact Adria Andrews
Miss Gay Northwest: Landing Theater in St. Joseph. February 4th, 2017 Contact Dustin Mathews and Patrick Hall
Miss Heart of Missouri: Ying Yang in Columbia February 10th, 2017 Contact Amanda Lay or Kaighlynn LaFaye
Spirit of St. Louis: The Grey Fox in St. Louis. March 11th 2017. Contact Cierra St James-Monet
So don’t waste time, pick the prelim you want to enter and get your package together and get that ticket. We don’t want anyone to miss out, but you can’t wait till the last minute or you’ll lose your chance to be our next Symbol of Excellence and become part of the MGMA Family.
With only December left in the year and Christmas and New Year’s just weeks away, you will start to think about those new year resolutions or some changes in your life you’d like to make. So while you think on those try to remember this.
2016 was a year that saw a lot of hatred, violence, murder, destruction of businesses, protesting, politicians saying and doing things that were unbelievable, religious groups and minorities verbally and physically attacked, the LGBT community rights being attacked, and yes even the KKK and white supremacist groups have shown their faces of hatred, we have also seen friends and families and our own LGBT community become divided by anger for each other’s opinions. All of the things above have seemed to bring discrimination to the front of the line again. And to the shock of a lot of Americans Donald Trump was elected to be our next president.
So you ask,” Why do you say this?” I say this because through it all we as a people and a community of all sexual identities, religious beliefs, ethnic background, political views, wealthy or poor, or any other position you wish to take, YOU and I have within ourselves the ability to love, care, share, hope, strive, support, help and believe in each other as the human race of this world. Each of us feels pain, sorrow, hurt and anger in our life but instead of lashing out at each other let’s help each other. We have the opportunity right in front of us to make this a better world for all of us. So when you think of what you want for the New Year, think of how you can and will help make it a little bit better for us all and I will do the same. Until we meet on the stage of life, be well, be happy, and most of all be blessed. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year everyone!
Emilio Olvera/Lexsus Chaney
The MGMA Alumni and Board