Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Who and What is Mr. Gay America? Meet Mr. Gay America 2018 Judas Elliot

All studio photos by Erika Wagner a.k.a. The Drag Photographer

For those unfamiliar with Mr. Gay America or curious to know what the pageant entails and what it's like to be Mr. America, here is Mr. Gay America 2018 Judas Elliot to explain and enlighten. 

Many in the gay community have long been familiar with the Miss Gay America pageant, whether from knowing a competitor,  attending a preliminary, seeing a Miss Gay America titleholder perform at a local club or as a contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race.

But there is a counterpart to the Miss Gay America pageant and title, and that is Mr. Gay America.

Originally known as the Mr. Gay All-American (MGAA) pageant, it was the first contest of its kind. It was founded in 1983 by Norman Jones, a.k.a. (the first) Miss Gay America 1973 Norma Kristie (owner of the Miss Gay America pageant system from 1975 - 2005) and Carmel Santiago (Lady Baronessa, Miss Gay America 1974).

Though the pageant has changed ownership several times, and ceased from 2009-2017, it was revived by the current owners of the Miss Gay America pageant (Michael Dutzer and Rob Mansman) as the Mr. Gay America pageant in 2017. (Read the full history on the Mr. Gay America website.)

Mr. Gay America is considered to be the co-titleholder to Miss Gay America. Today many LGBTQ pageants now also have a male co-titleholder, among them, Miss Continental (Mr. Continental), Entertainer of the Year (Mr. Entertainer of the Year),  Miss USofA (Mr. USofA).

Below our interview with Mr. Gay America 2018 Judas Elliot and loads of glitzy showbiz photos.

How would you describe the Mr. Gay America pageant in a sentence?   

Mr. Gay America is like Miss Gay America, a symbol of excellence, which male leads and performers who have a love for drag and individual expression strive to achieve as professional entertainers.

What’s your elevator pitch for Mr. Gay America and why it is important in the gay community?  

The Gay America system is family of entertainers who are known as symbols of excellence within the community, who have the opportunity to express themselves in front of a wide variety of audiences, lead and participate in community service projects that give back to our community, while doing what it is that we as performers love to do.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te’tee's 10 Gag-Worthy Holiday Gifts for the Drag Queen in Your Life

Andora Te'tee by Kiet Thai

The holidays are no time to get Grinchy–unless of course, you are Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te'tee and there is a green wig and a party involved–so below, from Andora herself, is a list of 10 gifts sure to get your favorite drag queen screaming.

To see more photos of Andora Te'tee–clearly one queen who knows her way around a paintbox–check out her Instagram @andora_official 

Happy Holidays from Andora Te'tee and the Miss Gay America pageant system!

Related: Miss Gay America 2018 Andora Tetee and the Excellence Foundation Teams up with Cheer New York to Raise Money for Anti Violence Project

Established in Nashville in 1972–37 years before "RuPaul's Drag Race"–The Miss Gay America Pageant is the world’s first, longest running and most prestigious female impersonator competition.  
1. She’ll plump, pout, and pucker like a pro with MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick 

2. Her eyes will pop from a block away with Alcone 301 Lashes 

3. Legs for days, she’ll be amaze in Capezio Seamless Fishnets 

4. Glittering in the darkness or shining in the night, she’ll shimmer in Nars Highlighting Cheek Palette 

5. She will OWN Instagram with the Morphe Dare to Create Artistry Palette  
Andora Te'tee by Kiet Thai

6. She’ll paint like a pro with the Elf Professional Brush Set  

7. Absolutely flawless skin is hers with Dermablend Smooth Liquid Camo Foundation

8. She’ll glow like the goddamned goddess that she is in Ben Nye Iced Gold Lumiere Luxe Powder

9. Give her sequined skin with NYX Sugar Trip Glitter Vault

10. Keep her smelling like the royalty she is, Dior Jadore Parfum
Andora Te'tee by Kiet Thai

Friday, December 14, 2018

Miss Gay America 2018 Andora Tetee and the Excellence Foundation Teams up with Cheer New York to Raise Money for Anti Violence Project

December 14, 2018 (New York, NY) – Continuing the long tradition of good works by the Miss Gay America pageant system, comes this announcement by the current Miss Gay America 2018 Andora Te'tee of New York City:

"On behalf of the Miss America System, I would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season. This is the season of giving and so I think it’s appropriate to announce that the Excellence Foundation will be teaming up with Cheer New York to raise money for the Anti Violence Project.

"Cheer New York is a diverse group of LGBTQ+ and ally cheerleaders who use their athletic and philanthropic abilities to inspire and encourage audiences wherever they perform and raise money for a charity they choose yearly.

"I have two drag daughters in Cheer New York and have many friends in the team. I know that together as a team we will be able to make a change and benefit the Anti Violence Project, an amazing organization that supports and empowers LGBTQ+ and HIV-affected survivors of violence through counseling and advocacy, combined with their proactive response to the crisis of violence through community education and outreach.

"During my entire reign Cheer New York and the Excellence Foundation will be collecting, raising and cheering for money for the Anti Violence Project. I would like to encourage everyone reading this blog to support our efforts and help us make a difference in the lives of the survivors of violence that the Anti Violence Project serves.

Those interested in making a donation to the Miss Gay America Excellence Foundation can do so at Click the "Donate" button. If you wish your donation to go to the  associated charity of a particular Miss Gay America title-holder, please include their name in the donation page notes. (We are currently putting together a list of MGA title-holders and their associated charities.)

"I wish you all the best this holiday season and may it be full of love and glitter." •

Related: Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te'tee joins Longtime MGA Veteran Barbra Seville's Wonderful 100 in raising $40,000 for AIDS Walk Arizona

Related: 47th Annual Miss Gay America Pageant Pauses for Community Outreach in St. Louis; Dozens of Contestants Visit Three Organizations

Related: The Big Heart of Miss Gay America: Pageant Owners Announce Creation Charitable Foundation to Mentor, Benefit LGBTQ Youth: Pageant owners crown Lady Gaga (photo) the first ever Honorary Miss Gay America, donate $5000 to her Born This Way Foundation, and launch the Miss Gay America Foundation to mentor, benefit LGBTQ youth


Thursday, November 15, 2018

MISS GAY AMERICA Photographer Erika Wagner "The Drag Photographer" Shares 10 Fab Photos and Chats with MGAZINE

Miss Gay America 2018 First Alternate Brooke Lynn Hytes

All photos by Erika Wagner "The Drag Photographer"

Orlando-based photographer Erika Wagner, aka The Drag Photographer, is the magician behind some of the most unstoppably glamorous photos of drag entertainers out there, including of the Miss Gay America & Mr. Gay America 2018 royal family.

Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station

This past year she photographed Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station, Miss Gay America 2018 First Alternate Brooke Lynn Hytes (top), and Mr. Gay America 2018 Judas Elliot. "Love shooting with her!," says Judas, "If u can’t tell! Working with Erika is indescribable. Her creativity and attention to detail is beyond comparison!"
Mr. Gay America 2018 Judas Elliot

Erika also photographed local girl, Miss Gay Florida America 2018 Alexis Mateo, to fierce effect (below). So fierce, the photos ran in local weekly newspaper, Creative Loafing Tampa. "Shooting with Erika is like seing your best friend after a long time," says Alexis. "She always make me feel amazing and we love to sing Disney songs together. She understand my vision. My favorite photographer!" See those photos and more of Alexis by Erika here.
Miss Gay Florida America 2018 Alexis Mateo

Below, a random selection of fabulous photos and answers to our little Q&A from Erika Wagner. For more of Erika's work follow her on Instagram @thedragphotographer. Book your own shoot with Erika at
 Roxxxy Andrews
Melony VonKruz

1 Why and when did you pick up the camera? 

When I was a baby my dad always had the camera on my face. As a teen I always had the camera on people’s faces, they hated me for it. I went into makeup, graduated from a school in Hollywood CA. and was working on set and was asked to snap a few shots. The photographer liked how I took initiative and I began assisting him. My grandfather traveled all over the world and was an amateur photographer, he would always sit me down in front of his 20-40 slide carousels, I credit grandpa for a lot of my current interests, including my love of making pictures. Professionally ( getting payed ) it has been 10 years since I incorporated my business.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te'tee joins Longtime MGA Veteran Barbra Seville's Wonderful 100 in raising $40,000 for AIDS Walk Arizona

Above: Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te'tee and Barbra Seville's Wonderful 100, which this year raised $40,000--and over the last 10 years nearly $250,000 for AIDS Walk Arizona.

Continuing the longstanding tradition and commitment to good works by the Miss Gay America system, Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te'tee recently joined Barbra Seville's Wonderful 100 for AIDS Walk Arizona Sunday October 28th in Phoenix. The walk benefits the Aunt Rita's Foundation, a Phoenix based organization dedicated to the elimination of, and suffering from, HIV and AIDS.

For the past 10 years, Richard Stevens–who as Barbra Seville has participated in the Miss Gay America system for over 20 years–has motivated and organized Barbra Seville's Wonderful 100.  From the Echo Magazine feature, "Echo inducts Barbra Seville’s Wonderful 100 Echo inducts Barbra Seville’s Wonderful 100":
Above: Dusty Brindsmade, Richard Stevens (Barbra Seville), Jeffrey Perales, George Herrera and Anneliz Ahumada (All BSW110 committee members). Photo from Echo Magazine.

The Wonderful 100 started 10 years ago when Seville – the beloved drag persona of Richard Stevens – decided to form a group to walk for AIDS Walk Arizona. The original mission was simple: 100 people would participate in the walk and raise $100 each. The funds would then be dispersed by Aunt Rita’s to different Valley HIV/AIDS organizations.    

Not only was the team a success that year, they also laid down the foundation for a wildly successful decade of supporting this event. Since their inception, the amount of money this group has raised is near the $250,000 mark, utilizing a variety of promotional outlets, from social media to fun in-person events. Read the full story here.

Above: Dusty Brindsmade with (in crowns) Miss Gay Arizona/Miss Gay Western States promoter Daniel Eckstrom, Miss Gay Arizona America 2018 Adriana Galliano, Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te'tee and Geo Johnson (Mr Gay Arizona America).

Andora recounts participating in this revered annual event:

Thursday, October 18, 2018

10 Tricks for a Prizewinning Halloween Costume from the Queen of Costumes Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te’tee

Composite photos of Miss Gay America Andora Te’tee by Kiet Thai.  See more photos of Andora Te’tee’s fantastic costumes on her Instagram 

In anticipation of Halloween costume contests everywhere, here are 10 tricks for a prizewinning look from the queen of costumes herself, Miss Gay America 2019, Andora Te’tee.  

1. Pick a simple concept and then be the best at it. Example: the devil. Be the best devil! You don't want people wondering who you are supposed to be.  

2. Make sure you don't have anything blocking you mouth. That way nothing gets between you and your cocktail!  

3. I you can't glue it, don't do it! Glue is the fastest way to make costumes. Yes that's right girl, you don't need a sewing machine to look good in Halloween drag!  

4. If you make your shoulders bigger, your waist will look smaller. Say yaass! to shoulder pads and shoulder decorations.  

5. Add lights. Tuck battery packs away into wigs hats or pockets. This extra element will make you the center of attention at the party.  

Friday, October 12, 2018

Watch Contestant Dextaci Sing “This is the Moment” for a Standing Ovation at Miss Gay America 2019

Miss Gay Western States America 2018 First Alternate Dextaci tore it up in Talent, singing live. Her rendition of "This is the Moment," from the musical Jekyll & Hyde and earned her a standing ovation. Go Dextaci!