What does it take to enter a contest or pageant and run for a national title? You may think you have an idea but there’s so much that goes into it that no one sees. Until now. I’m going to give you my tale, take and takeaway from this year’s Mr. Gay USofA competition in San Antonio, Texas., from a competitor’s point of view. Mine. My story may be quite similar or surprisingly different than my fellow contestants, but it’s my version and I mean no offense or foul to anyone by anything I share. What happens when grown gay men chase a prestigious pageant crown?! Somethings I’ll keep to myself. Everything else will be told. Here’s what happens…
Introducing Serenity T. Lopez… breakout drag star, talented ballerina and one smart cookie with a long history of intense dance training and making her dreams come true! I am part of a close-knit drag family called The Taylors and when you are fortunate to be part of a chosen gay family like I am you are blessed to meet others who immediately become part of your new family of fast friends. I had never met Serenity until we saw her pop up through social media sharing her amazing talents she delivers during her time with the Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Then sister went up to Chicago and competed in Miss Continental and was the one everyone was talking about when it was over. Here’s my delicious interview with the dancing doll!
I just returned from a quick trip over to Las Vegas where I stayed at the past-its-prime Circus Circus Hotel and Casino. Now, to be a fan and follower of my blog here you know I am a faithful follower of The Cosmopolitan and have stayed there the last seven times we’ve been to Sin City. However, it may be eight. I’ve lost count. But since this was a business trip I was on a budget and opted to save some coins and find an alternative. Through my membership at Last Minute Travel Club online I found myself reserving a room in the Casino Tower at Circus Circus. Via reviews on Trip Advisor (I do my research!) and prices, placement and the like, I hit submit and my confirmation was sent. Here’s my story.
I’ve become guilty of doing something I read others for many times in social media, especially Facebook. I’ll post this about that expecting everyone to know what I’m talking about and unfortunately not everyone knows the Tea. (Tea = Truth, FYI) With the push towards my run to become the national Mr. Gay USofA 2015, I’ve had a number of people ask me exactly what I was involved with. I’ve put a number of promos and adverts out to get some buzz and hype going to hopefully gain support for my attempt which has brought on what I was looking for, inquiries and quizzes. It’s hard for me to keep quiet about something I’m excited about being involved with so I’m not afraid of promoting it. Plus, I love talking about my intentions because it makes me feel even more ready!
When I first heard the rumors throughout media that Olympian star and athletic hero Bruce Jenner was beginning his transition to becoming a woman, I admit it was hard for me to believe. I just didn’t see it coming. Sure, in photos we clearly could see that he had what appeared to be some touchups or face work as Bruce and let his hair grow out. Everyone I’ve ever known to transition took a longer road than what seemed to be ahead of who we now know as Caitlyn. And in the same breath I wasn’t around her to witness or know her personally so I could never answer to what she has been going through. And man, has she ever made a splash and created an unique platform for everyone transgender that has never been seen or heard before. More, please!
What do you get when you take 2 fabulously gay husbands on their second honeymoon and their mother from Nashville who hasn’t been to Las Vegas in over 25+ years? I’ll let you know this Thanksgiving when Jacques and I treat my mother Betty to a trip like she’s never seen before! She’s already up in grand thoughts of slot machine winnings and Sin City soaking while reveling in the comforted joy that will be breathtaking at The Cosmopolitan. She hasn’t been to Vegas since Bally’s was the MGM Grand and you could walk to Caesar’s Palace straight across the street from corner to corner. Let that sink in. No walkways above the streets of The Strip to circulate the crowds. Oh, yeah… It’s been a hot minute. She is going to get her life!
Remembering Our “Mister B” Barney
I sat here at the keyboard for a few good minutes reflecting on the following words before tapping finger to first keys. Actually this has sat for a few weeks waiting to be published because it’s been hard for me to finish it. It’s incredibly heartbreaking to put this into words because it once again assures me that our dog Barney isn’t coming back. It’s still difficult to talk about at length without getting emotional. But life goes on while one or two in our case deal with death. We both go to work and continue on while pushing down any rush of teary melancholy moments we have here at the house where together we spent his life. That is until we can’t hold it anymore and slowly weep or take a sigh of deep sadness while remembering our two kids that have left us too soon.
Every once in a while I like to turn the focus and attention toward serious matters affecting our amazing community of brothers and sisters in need. I received a wonderful email from a sweet girl names Janessa Dayan who works with a truly giving group called Goodshop and Goodsearch. Their company motto is “You Shop. You Save. We Give.” I’ve placed the entire press release here for you to read through. I hope you take the time to check these organizations out.
Happy Gay Pride Month!
If you follow me here or on social media then you know I’ve been preparing hard for my preliminary contest to take me back to Mr. Gay USofA nationals once more in San Antonio this November. I got my ticket! I’M EXCITED! I wanted to win desperately but it wasn’t in the cards this round. However I did get my qualifying ticket as first alternate to place my two dancing feet back on that stage at HEAT Nightclub November 4-6. Here’s what went down in Bakersfield last week at the first ever Mr. Gay California USofA contest…
It’s been two-weeks now since my man Jacques made an honest (wo)man out of me. I’M MARRIED! Officially all kinds of gay married, tho. WOW! Where do I start?! Well, once upon a time a shy southern boy growing up in the Bible Belt in Nashville hoped that one day he would meet the French man of his yet-known dreams and…. OK, OK! Not that far back! Ah, the memories of my husband and I. They are so fond in my heart, mind and soul. Here’s what I’ll share…