Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July/August 2013 - Christa's Column and MGMA Board Newsletters

CONGRATULATIONS!!!  to Miss Diva Coppafeel, who is your new Miss Metropolitan 2014 and her First Alternate, Miss Monique Heart on winning their ticket to Miss Missouri 2014.  Miss Metropolitan  2014 was held in Kansas City, Missouri, on Sunday July 21st  at Sidekicks Saloon.  Ms. Trixie LaRue was handing down the mantle. She was as gracious as she was beautiful. Thank you Trixie for  an amazing year and for being a shining star in the Missouri America system. There were two former Miss Metropolitans that performed. Tajma Stetson and  Musica Malone, they lent their wonderful talents to the night.  
Miss Metropolitan 2014 Diva Coppafeel (Center) and First Alternate Monique Hart (Far Right)
This was my first prelim, and everyone helped make it a memorable night. The Board of Directors were in attendance and they helped run an amazingly smooth night. Jade Sinclair, performed, as did Lexus Chaney, who also emceed the proceedings with flair. Jade acted as a co-host and along the way managed to give little words of wisdom to help me with my duties for the coming year. I am also grateful to Sparkle Iman who helped me stay on top of the evening by helping me in the dressing room.  Vanessa Vincent was her helpful and wise self giving me pearls along the way which will not only help me for this year but, throughout my life. Colin Murphy, Executive Editor of Vital VOICE,  attended and was one of the judges for the evening.  A special thanks goes out to Ms. Reba Lamkey, who showed me how to multi-task and was quick and precise as lightning with the scores. It was such a treat to have Atheena Voce', who has recently began performing again, in the house. I can't wait to work with you in Columbia Mo. 
This evening really solidified why I am such a fan of the America System. The sisterhood and legacy were so present, that I felt completely surrounded by love. I am so thankful for this and so blessed to be a part of this legacy. I want everyone who has the desire to run have this feeling as well. 
We are entering a special period in our history as Americans, gay or otherwise, that I want us all to take a moment to realize how fortunate we are to witness. The overturning of DOMA (The so-called Defense of Marriage Act), the overturning of Don't Ask,  Don't Tell and PROP 8. There is still a long way to go with Women's Issues and Racial issues, but I believe we'll get there soon and along the way we love each other a little more and support each other, even with the smallest thing,  it will be an amazingly smooth journey. B.L.T.(Believe, Love and Trust) each other and we'll all succeed!! It doesn't matter  who gets there first, but look behind you and lend a hand to the ones following you. Love is the end goal!!

Miss Gay Missouri America 2013,
Christa Collins 


Hello Miss Gay Missouri America family and friends;

It has been an amazing month since our last newsletter. June 26th made history for the LGBT community as the Supreme Court ruled 5 to 4 that DOMA (The so-called Defense of Marriage Act) was unconstitutional and struck it down, and helped pave the way for same-sex marriage in this country. Children who are born today in this country will grow up in a world without DOMA, and these very same children, who if they happen to be gay, will be free to love and marry who they want. All of this happened eight days before our country celebrated the 4th of July. On July 4th 1776, our country signed the Declaration of Independence to separate the United States from Great Britain to once and for all be free. It seems that freedom is ringing loud and proud this month, not just for America, but also for the LGBT community. We may not be where we want to be but we are not where we used to be, we have a long way to go - but change is happening.

On July 13, 2013, I (Lexsus Chaney) married my partner, Franklin of 3 and half years. We made history for the state of Missouri as we were the first gay couple to have our relationship blessed and acknowledged by the diocese of the Episcopal Church. Reverend Bill McVey gave a sermon witnessed by our friends and family that “love is love” and all human beings, whether gay or straight, deserve to be loved and for that love to be recognized. Love is a gift from God and we all deserve to marry who we choose whether it be a man and woman, two men or two women, and no one has a right to say otherwise. Our ceremony was followed by a reception and a dance, we were both totally exhausted but it will be a day we will never ever forget.

Sunday, July 21, 2013, was the Miss Gay Metropolitan America pageant and was held at Sidekicks Saloon. Diva Coppafeel was the winner and Monique Hart was the First Alternate, both girls will now compete at Miss Gay Missouri America in April, 2014. Christa Collins was amazing and did a wonderful job at her first prelim as MGMA. We are so very proud of Christa Collins and the job she is doing, she has done her job above and beyond expectations proving that she truly wanted this position and is going to do her job as it should be done by anyone who wins this title. She is the true professional administratively that MGMA has needed. The MGMA board is truly excited to work with Christa Collins and watch her grow as an entertainer and administrator.

There are two pageants coming up and they are both open preliminaries. Miss Gay Kansas City America 2014, will be held on September 27th and 28th here in Kansas City. It will take place in three different venues with the formers Revue Show Friday evening. Contact L’Oreal or Christa Collins at Miss Springfield will be held on Sunday October 20th in Springfield Mo. Contact Vince Edwards or Christa Collins if you have any questions. 

The dates for the Miss Gay America 2014 pageant are: October 09 - 13, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri at the Millennium Hotel in downtown St. Louis. If you have never been to Miss Gay America you should come and watch, you will be amazed and learn a lot just by watching. These girls will be amazing! Mention Miss Gay America to receive the America room rate. So as you have read, July was a very busy month. I can’t wait to see what August will bring to the MGMA system - we are growing and going strong. Until next month be well, be happy and most of all be loved.

Emilio Olvera/Lexsus Chaney, MGM 2000

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