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Drag Rag

by Miss Della . Contributing Writer

‘Dreams do come true, it can happen to you…’

Hello fans and freaks, welcome back to the

column where a crown (or a good show) is as

good as gold!

I’m so excited to be writing this particular

Rag as we’ll be talking about a good friend of

mine who has recently realized a dream and

become your new Miss Gay America. I’m talking

about my baby, Alyssa Edwards, of course.

I talked to that sister the day following the

crowning. She was still in disbelief (but, the

crown was on the dresser, so it did happen,

gal!) Alyssa became the first national titleholder

from another system to win Miss

America second. I’m gonna let you think

about that one for a minute, but yes, the win

was historic in that respect. Her runners-up

included Coco Montrese, Jessica Jade, Sally

Sparkles and the big and beautiful (and painted

for the cheap seats) Kristina Kelly. Other

finalists included China Collins, Monica Mohr,

Tajma Stetson, Symphony Alexander Love and

Miss Mid-East Tatiyana Voché.

In other national news, I do hope I mentioned

in the last Rag that the gang at Scorpio

has purchased a regional prelim to Miss Gay

U.S.ofA. to be held the evening before my birthday

(Thursday, Dec. 17). Please, come out and

join me as I welcome our reigning national goddess,

Stasha Sanchez of Atlanta, as she graces

the stage that many of her predecessors have in

the past. Recent qualifiers to the Memorial Day

duke-it-out include the new Miss Great Plains

Anjila Cavalier and Miss Wisconsin Jackie

Roberts. I believe on that same

night, Christina Chase won Miss Wisconsin

Classic and her RU was Mabel Kane.

Brooke Divine, our Miss NC U.S.ofA., has

been burning the road up to her prelims and

other bookings, including Miss Buncombe

County at Club Hairspray in Asheville, which

Ashley Michaels promotes.Vivica Dupree won

this one and her RU was Briana Love

Michaels. My little sis, Brandonna Dupree,

held her prelim to Miss NC — Miss Queen

City — at Hairspray which Tyra Couture won

and her RU was Eureka O’Hara from Johnson

City, TN. Imagine the fun I had recently when

I went to do dinner with Brooke and

Brandonna, then tagged along as they had

their nails done. The ladies early-gifted me

that evening with a long dress and purse to

match as we make our plans to terrorize the

straight Latino clubs on the evening of my

birthday. Someone call Disco Rodeo or Club

Kalipzo and tell them to beware of the biggun’

in the zebra print! LOL!

They’ve had so many contests recently at

Warehouse 29 in Greensboro, like Miss and

Mr. Warehouse, which Shirli Stevenz and

Amari Knight Addams won. Their RUs were

Arione DeCardeza and Taylor Knight

Addams, respectively. Also, let’s not forget the

15th annual Miss Warehouse Witch contest,

which Macaria Rage won with RU Envee. I

know a lot of their formers usually come out

to support this creative spin on pageantry. I

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wonder if “The Oyl” was in the house? The

Warehouse was also just host for the newest

state-level contest called the Queen of Clubs.

That gorgeous Diamond served as the

Emeritus and relinquished the crown. The

winner was Versage (Diamond’s NC U.S.ofA.

sister) and her RUs were Big Shirli and

Crystal Froste. There were a total of eight contestants

that night.

Elsewhere on the local scene, Amaya

recently won Miss Carolina Southern Elegance

at Large (which Cierra Nichole gave up). Her

RUs were Dy’mond Cartier and Jazmun

Tomas. Cierra had also just given up Miss

Hickory Unlimited and crowned Ashley

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Photo Credit: Nicole Olver, neamattphotography.com.

Michaels. Her RU was Brandi Andrews.

Finally, after losing my notes and rounding

up the results again, hats off to Starla DaVinci

who recently won Miss Hide-A-Way in Rock

Hill. Her RUs were Jessica Reins Starr and

Tracey Stephens. Speaking of the Hide-A-Way,

they have a new sister bar in Fort Mill now

called the Rainbow In. My sis Carmendy

Sinclair worked there not too long ago and

tells me it is adorable. Carmendy keeps

reminding me I need to get out to Petra’s to

see Roxy’s early Sunday evening show as well.

Sorry I missed your most recent appearance

there, girlfriend! ◗

info: Drop me a line, OK? . TheTeaMissD@yahoo.com

On Nov. 20, 40 Charlotte area transgender

and transgender ally community members

gathered at the Lesbian & Gay Community

Center for a somber night of remembrance.

After remarks from area leaders, the group

held a candlelight vigil for victims of antitransgender

violence this year.

The International Transgender Day of

Remembrance is held annually.

For more on this event, read our special

online feature at www.q-notes.com. ◗

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NOVEMBER 28 . 2009 • QNotes 27

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