Dena Cass

Dena Cass

Dena Cass

Dena Cass is an entertainer currently residing in Davenport, Iowa but has been featured all over the country.

Titles and Awards

National Showgirl Supreme 2018

Miss Illinois Continental Elite 2018
Prelim to Miss Continental Elite

All American Goddess 2015
(Masque Night Club – Dayton, Ohio)

Miss MJ’s 2015
(MJ’s on Jefferson – Dayton, Ohio)

Miss GaYBOR 2014

National Showgirl 2014

Miss Gay United States Icon 2013

2nd Alternate to Miss Continental Elite 2013

Miss Renaissance Plus 2012
(Xcess Atlanta – Atlanta, Georgia)

Miss Stonewall 2012
(Stonewall Club – Huntington, West Virginia)

All American Goddess at Large 2011

Miss Queen of Queens 2010
(Talbott Street – Indianapolis, Indiana)

Miss Iowa Continental 2005
Prelim to Miss Continental

Miss Gay USofA at Large 1998

Miss Gay Illinois USofA at Large 1998
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA at Large

Miss Continental Plus 1997

Miss Iowa Continental Plus 1997
Prelim to Miss Continental Plus

Miss Gay Iowa USofA at Large 1995
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA at Large

Miss Gay Tennessee USofA at Large 1994
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA at Large

Miss Gay Iowa USofA 1993
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA

Miss Gay Illinois USofA at Large 1992
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA at Large

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Kameron Michaels

Kameron Michaels - Photo by Cody Stallings Photography

Kameron Michaels – Photo by Cody Stallings Photography

Kameron Michaels is an entertainer out of Nashville, Tennessee.

In February of 2018, Kameron was revealed as a Season 10 cast member on RuPaul’s Drag Race that airs on VH1.

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Suzy Wong

Suzy Wong - Photo by Scotty Kirby

Suzy Wong – Photo by Scotty Kirby

Suzy Wong is an entertainer out of Nashville, Tennessee.

Titles and Awards

Miss Gay America 2017
Overall On-Stage Question Category Winner

Miss Gay Western States America 2016
Prelim to Miss Gay America

Top 10 at Miss Gay America 2015

1st Alternate to Miss Gay California America 2014
Prelim to Miss Gay America

Top 10 at Miss Gay America 2014

Miss Gay Mid America 2013
Prelim to Miss Gay America

Jimmi Dee Award Recipient (Best Overall Not In The Top 10) at the
the Miss Gay America 2013 pageant

Miss Gay Tennessee America 2012
Prelim to Miss Gay America

1st Alternate Representative to Miss Gay River City America 2012

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Dee Ranged

Dee Ranged - Photo by The Drag Photographer

Dee Ranged – Photo by The Drag Photographer

Dee Ranged is an entertainer out of Jacksonville, Florida but has also called Cincinnati, Ohio and Nashville, Tennessee home.

Titles and Awards

1st Alternate to Miss Gay USofA 2018

1st Alternate to Miss Gay Gulf Coast USofA 2018
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA

Miss Pride South Florida 2018

National Miss Comedy Queen 2015

Universal Show Queen 2011

Miss Showgirl Gay Pride 2009
Prelim to Miss Ohio Gay Pride

National Entertainer of the Year, F.I. 2007

1st Alternate to National Entertainer of the Year, F.I. 2006

Miss Gay Orlando 2006

2nd Alternate to National Entertainer of the Year, F.I. 2005

3rd Alternate to National Entertainer of the Year, F.I. 2003
Overall Presentation Category Winner

Miss Pipeline 2003
(Pipeline – Cincinnati, Ohio)

Dee is also a former Miss Parliament House.

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Dominique Sanchez

Dominique Sanchez - Photo by Tone Roc Edits

Dominique Sanchez – Photo by Tone Roc Edits

Dominique Sanchez is an entertainer out of Little Rock, Arkansas.

Titles and Awards

Miss Gay USofA Classic 2017
Personal Interview, Evening Gown and Talent Category Award

Miss Gay Lonestar State USofA Classic 2017
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA Classic

Top 12 at Miss Continental 2014

Miss Tennessee Continental 2014
Prelim to Miss Continental

Arkansas Entertainer of the Year, F.I. 2014
Prelim to National Entertainer of the Year, F.I.

Miss Gay Arkansas United States 2012
Prelim to Miss Gay United States

Miss Gay USofA 2010
Overall Talent Category Winner and Tied for Interview
(Lakewood Theater – Dallas, Texas)

1st Alternate to Miss Gay Georgia USofA 2010
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA
Overall Interview and Evening Gown Winner
(Jungle Night Club – Atlanta, Georgia)

Miss Gay Arkansas USofA 2009
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA

Miss Gay Southern States USofA 2008
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA

Miss Gay America 2003

Miss Gay Mid America 2003
Prelim to Miss Gay America

Miss Gay South Regional America 2001
Prelim to Miss Gay America

1st Alternate to Miss Gay Midwest America 2001
Prelim to Miss Gay America

2nd Alternate to Miss Gay America 2001

Miss Gay Arkansas America 1998
Prelim to Miss Gay America

Arkansas Entertainer of the Year, F.I. 1998
Prelim to National Entertainer of the Year, F.I.

1st Alternate to Arkansas Entertainer of the Year, F.I. 1997
Prelim to National Entertainer of the Year, F.I.

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The Princess

The Princess

The Princess

The Princess is an entertainer out of Nashville, Tennessee but has also called Chicago, Illinois home.

The Princess was featured on Season 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race that premiered on January 30, 2012 on the LOGO channel.

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Tori Sass

Tori Sass - Photo by Erika Wagner Artistry

Tori Sass – Photo by Erika Wagner Artistry

Tori Sass is an entertainer out of Chicago, Illinois.

Titles and Awards

Tennessee Entertainer of the Year, F.I. 2015
Prelim to National Entertainer of the Year, F.I.

Wisconsin Entertainer of the Year, F.I. 2013
Prelim to National Entertainer of the Year, F.I.

New York Entertainer of the Year, F.I. 2008
Prelim to National Entertainer of the Year, F.I.

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Brooke Lynn Hytes

Brooke Lynn Hytes - Photo by Tios Photography

Brooke Lynn Hytes – Photo by Tios Photography

Brook Lynn Hytes is an entertainer out of Nashville, Tennessee but has also called Toronto, Ontario in Canada home.

Titles and Awards

1st Alternate to Miss Gay America 2018
Evening Gown Category Award

1st Alternate to Miss Gay Heart of America 2017
Prelim to Miss Gay America

Miss Gay Orlando 2015
Overall Gown and Talent Category Winner

Miss Continental 2014

Miss All Star Continental 2014
Prelim to Miss Continental

1st Alternate to Miss Continental 2013

Miss Michigan Continental 2013
Prelim to Miss Continental

1st Alternate to National Entertainer of the Year, F.I. 2013

Derby City Entertainer of the Year, F.I. 2013
Prelim to National Entertainer of the Year

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Eureka O’Hara

Eureka O'Hara | RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 Cast | Credit: VH1

Eureka O’Hara | RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 Cast | Credit: VH1

Eureka O’Hara is an entertainer out of Johnson City, Tennessee where she is featured at places like New Beginnings Restaurant & Night Club.

In February of 2017, Eureka was revealed as a Season 9  cast member on RuPaul’s Drag Race that airs on VH1. The season premiered on March 24th, 2017.

Due to an injury on Season 9, Eureka was offered a spot in Season 10 during her Season 9 exit.  In February of 2018, Eureka was officially revealed as a Season 10 cast member on RuPaul’s Drag Race that airs on VH1.

Titles and Awards

National Don’t H8 Hall of Fame 2016

1st Alternate to Miss Stonewall 2016
(Stonewall Club – Huntington, West Virginia)

3rd Alternate to All American Goddess at Large 2016

1st Alternate to Miss Hallows Eve 2015
(Edge – Knoxville, Tennessee)

Top 12 at Miss Gay USofA at Large 2015

Miss Gay West Virginia USofA at Large 2015
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA at Large

Miss Hide-A-Way at Large 2015
(The Hide-A-Way – Rock Hill, South Carolina)

Miss Gay Roanoke at Large 2015

Miss Blue Ridge Pride 2014

Miss Gay Knoxville 2013
Overall Talent and Gown Category Winner

National Miss Don’t H8 DIVA 2012

Miss Blue Ridge Pride 2011

Miss New Beginnings 2011
(New Beginnings – Johnson City, Tennessee)

Miss Scandals 2011
(Scandals Nightclub – Asheville, North Carolina)

Miss Asheville Firecracker 2011

Miss Tennessee International 2010

Miss Asheville Sweetheart 2010

Miss Beautiful Southeast 2010

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Sage Summers

Sage Summers

Sage Summers

Sage Summers is an entertainer out of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Titles and Awards

Miss Gay Indiana 2017

1st Alternate to Miss Illinois Continental Plus 2017
Prelim to Miss Continental Plus

Top 12 at Miss Continental Plus 2016

Miss Tennessee Continental Plus 2016
Prelim to Miss Continental Plus

Miss Kentucky Continental 2012
Prelim to Miss Continental
(Pulse – Lexington, Kentucky)

Miss Renaissance Plus 2010

Miss Illinois Continental 2006
Prelim to Miss Continental

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Miss Gay America

Miss Gay America

Miss Gay America Titleholders

Miss Gay America Titleholders

*In Loving Memory

State and Regional Prelim History

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In Loving Memory of Billie Boots

Billie Boots

In Loving Memory of Billie Boots

Billie Boots, who was also known as “Florida’s Queen Mother”, was an entertainer out of Daytona Beach, Florida where he was featured at places like the Hollywood Barn Door.  In the early days of his drag career, Billie also tried the names Eve Paradise and Candy Barr, but in the end decided to stick with his own name as Billie Boots. Billie started performing at an early age, when as an orphan, he ran away and joined a carnival where he lived as a woman stripping until he was old enough to work.  The owner of the carnival also owned a night club in Miami Beach and Billie would work there in the Fall and Winter when the carnival was not running.

One of Billie’s last known recorded performances was in 1998 at the Hollywood Barn Door in Daytona Beach for the documentary “Queens for a Night”.  In that film Billie talked about the requirements when he first started doing female impersonation and how you had to have a male name.  He also had to come to the bar as a male dressed in a shirt, tie and suit, do the show and leave dressed as a man at the end of the night.  As a consequence, he would have to take off his wig at the end of a show, something he continued to do years later when this was no longer a requirement.  In those early years, female impersonators were also not aloud to mix with the audience when dressed as a woman, so after each performance they would have to go back to the dressing room right away.    Billie talked about being arrested and laws that existed at that time where on one block it was against the law to be dressed as a woman on stage and another block over in another jurisdiction it was against the law to be dressed as a woman in the audience.  One other interesting historical period Billie talked about in the film was the requirement that when entertainers were finally allowed to leave bars dressed in drag, they had to carry entertainer cards or police cards that they got from each local police department with their picture and names on it when they were traveling in the event that they were pulled over.

When living in New York City, Billie was a seamstress and made costumes for many big stars like Totie Fields, Lena Horne, LaVern Baker, and Ruth Brown. Billie also traveled with Tubby Boots, his partner of 21 years, for a period of time.  When one of the venues he worked at closed he moved and worked out of Nashville, Tennessee.  Billie also performed in places like Grand Central and the Old San Juan in Orlando, Florida in the late 1970’s.

Two strokes in Billie’s later years slowed him down but his enthusiasm and passion to entertain a crowd never failed. He also always gave back and supported local charities like the AIDS Coalition and Our House, which gave him several awards of appreciation. Billie Boots was truly a legend and someone who helped pave the way for so many who came after him.  Sadly this great individual and entertainer is no longer with us but we will always remember his contributions to the GLBT community.

Titles and Awards

Lifetime Achievement Award 1997

Honorary Miss Florida F.I. 1997

The Tubby Boots Memorial Award for the Comedy Award of the Decade 1996

2nd Alternate to Miss Gay America 1974

Miss Gay Florida America 1974
Prelim to Miss Gay America

*Billie was also crowned the official Miss Florida Queen Mother.

Above are some of the last photos of Billie Boots taken at the Hollywood Barn Door in Daytona Beach, FL. (Photo courtesy of Eric Brown Yaughn)

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In Loving Memory of Ashley Kruiz

Ashley Kruiz

Ashley Kruiz

Ashley Kruiz, known as the “Sweetheart of the South” or “automatic, Kruzamatic”, was an entertainer who had roots in Kentucky and Atlanta, Georgia.   Originally from Frankfort, Kentucky, her first appearance in drag was about 30 miles southeast of her hometown at Café LMNOP in Lexington.  She had performed all over the country and been a part of many top show casts including “LaBoy LaFemme” in Louisville, Kentucky and “Charlie Brown’s Cabaret” in Atlanta.   In most recent years, Ashley had been seen at places like Stage Door in Tucker, Georgia and Burkharts in Atlanta.  Sadly we lost this amazing member of our community on Sunday, March 31, 2013.    Our heart goes out to all of Ashley’s family and friends during this time of mourning.

Titles and Awards

Miss Gay Cobb County 2012

Florida Entertainer of the Year, F.I. 2012
Prelim to National Entertainer of the Year, F.I.

1st Alternate to Miss Heart of America Continental Elite 2012
Prelim to Miss Continental Elite

Miss Missouri Continental Elite 2010
Prelim to Miss Continental Elite

Miss Gay Georgia USofA Classic 2008
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA Classic

Miss Gay Alabama America 2006
Prelim to Miss Gay America

Miss Gay Tampa Bay USofA 2004
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA

Miss Dock 2004
(Dock Complex – Cincinnati, Ohio)

Miss Tri-State All-Star 2004

Miss National 1998

Miss Gulf Coast National 1998
Prelim to Miss National

Miss 1470 West 1998
(1470 West – Dayton, Ohio)

Miss Hotlanta International 1997

Miss Gay Orlando 1997

1st Alternate to Miss Continental 1997

Miss Tennessee Continental 1997
Prelim to Miss Continental

1st Alternate to Miss Gay South USofA 1997
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA

Top 10 at Miss Gay America 1996

Miss Gay Mid Atlantic America 1996
Prelim to Miss Gay America

Miss Gay Indiana USofA 1995
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA

Miss Gay Georgia USofA 1994
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA

Miss Georgia Continental 1992
Prelim to Miss Continental

Miss Mason-Dixon USofA 1988
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA


A Memorial Show was held on May 12th, 2013 at Jungle Nightclub in Atlanta, Georgia.

Ashley Kruiz Memorial

Ashley Kruiz Memorial


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Mercedes Alexander

Mercedes Alexander

Mercedes Alexander

Mercedes Alexander is an entertainer out of Knoxville, Tennessee.

Titles and Awards

Miss Icon 2017
(Icon – Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

Top 12 at Miss Gay USofA Classic 2016

Miss Gay Missouri USofA Classic 2016
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA Classic

Miss Pride of America 2015

Top 12 at Miss Gay USofA Classic 2014

Miss Gay Louisiana USofA Classic 2014
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA Classic

Miss Gay Roanoke 2009

Miss Tennessee Continental 2008
Prelim to Miss Continental

Miss Gay Tennessee America 2007
Prelim to Miss Gay America

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Brionna Brooks

Brionna Brooks

Brionna Brooks

Brionna Brooks is an entertainer out of Northern Ohio but has also called Nashville, Tennessee home.

Some venues and events that Brionna has been a part of include Bounce Night Club (Cleveland, Ohio), Inn Rehab (Columbus, Ohio), Interbelt Nite Club (Akron, Ohio) and Somewhere Else (Columbus, Ohio).

Titles and Awards

Miss Ohio All-Star 2017

Miss Interbelt 2016
(Interbelt Nite Club – Akron, Ohio)

Miss Gay Heartland America 2010 Representative
Prelim to Miss Gay America

Miss Bounce 2010
(Bounce Night Club – Cleveland, Ohio)

Miss Gay Metropolitan America 2010
Prelim to Miss Gay Ohio America
(Axis Night Club – Columbus, Ohio)

Miss Masque 2010
Overall Q&A Category Winner
(Club Masque – Dayton, Ohio)

Miss Metropolitan Gay Pride 2009
Prelim to Miss Ohio Gay Pride

1st Alternate to Miss Gay Ohio America 2009
Prelim to Miss Gay America
(Axis Night Club – Columbus, Ohio)

Miss Gay Columbus America 2009
Prelim to Miss Gay Ohio America

Miss Somewhere Else 2009
(Somewhere Else – Columbus, Ohio)

Ohio Entertainer of the Year, F.I. 2007
Prelim to National Entertainer of the Year

Miss Gay Ohio USofA 2006
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA

Miss Gay Ohio USofA at Large 2005
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA at Large

1st Alternate to Miss Gay Ohio USofA at Large 2004
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA at Large

Miss Ohio Continental 2004
Prelim to Miss Continental

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Akasha Adonis

Akasha Adonis

Akasha Adonis

Akasha Adonis is an entertainer from North Little Rock, Arkansas but has also called Milan, Tennessee home.

Titles and Awards

1st Alternate to Miss Gay Ohio USofA at Large 2018
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA at Large
Evening Gown Category Award

Miss Gay Georgia USofA at Large 2017
Prelim to Miss Gay USofA at Large

Miss Wessland Grand Empress 2016

4th Alternate to All American Goddess at Large 2014

Miss Renaissance Plus 2013

Arkansas All American Goddess at Large 2013
Prelim to All American Goddess at Large

 

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Roman Black

Roman Black - Photo by Tios Photography

Roman Black – Photo by Tios Photography

Roman Black is an entertainer out of Memphis, Tennessee.

Titles and Awards

Top 14 at Mr. Continental 2018

Mr. Heart of America Continental 2017
Prelim to Mr. Continental

Mr. Sweetheart International 2017

Mr. Black Universe 2016

Mr. Black Atlanta Universe 2014

Mr. Dumarr International 2014

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In Loving Memory of Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills

Beverly Hills was an entertainer out of Memphis, Tennessee where she was featured at places like Backstreet and Dru’s Bar.

In 1993, Beverly launched the Miss Gay Southern Elegance America pageant which has a rich history of entertainers who went on to become Miss Gay America and were top finalists.

Sadly, we lost Beverly on May 7th, 2018.  Beverly was well loved and many credit her advice and help to their own success.   Her outspoken nature was always complimented with kindness and giving back to a community that she loved.

We salute the artistry that was Beverly Hills.

Titles and Awards

Miss Gay Memphis 2016

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