Established in Nashville in 1972, The Miss Gay America Pageant is the world’s first, longest running and most prestigious female impersonator (drag!) competition.

Popular Publicity provides:

  • Media outreach for preliminaries and the annual national pageant
  • Blog editor for the Miss Gay America blog, MGAZINE

Client since March 2016.
Contact: Andy Reynolds, Popular Publicity,

Above: Promo video for Miss Gay America 2020, October 2-5, 2019 in St. Louis.

2019 Press Releases

09.16.19: DRAG QUEENS IN SPACE! Nation’s Ultimate Drag Competition Returns to St. Louis October 2-5 for Miss Gay America Pageant
07.02.19: Nation’s #1 Drag Pageant Returns to Harrisburg
07.01.19: Nation’s #1 Drag Pageant Returns to Oklahoma City
06.28.19: Miss Gay Maryland America Throws First Pitch at Frederick Keys Game
06.25.19: Nation’s #1 Drag Competition Returns to Dallas for Miss & Mr. Gay Texas America Pageant 
06.24.19: Miss Gay Maryland to Throw First Pitch at Frederick Keys Game, June 27
06.18.19: Miss & Mr. Gay America Host THE RIDE, Headline Lucky Cheng’s During NYC Pride
06.10.19: Nation’s #1 Drag Competition Returns to Jackson, MS 
05.29.19: Miss Gay Southern Elegance Returns to New Orleans…
04.18.19: Miss Gay America Returns to Phoenix for a Flamenco Flavored...
03.28.19: Miss Gay America Returns to Maryland…
01.16.19: Miss Gay America Pageant Returns to New York City

About the Miss Gay America Pageant

The Miss Gay America system is very similar in nature to the Miss America or Miss USA system, except that the contestants are men impersonating women. It is not easy to win this title as it takes much talent, creativity, glamour, elegance, sophistication and desire to entertain, to successfully create the illusion in which the judges will approve.

Currently, contestants are rigorously judged in five categories: Male Interview, Presentation (theme based costume, only judged at nationals), Evening Gown, Talent (fully produced stage production; sets, dancers, permitted), On Stage Interview.

With no surgical body augmentations below the neck directly related to promoting/enhancing a feminine image (female breasts, hips, etc.) allowed, contestants must rely on the skills and techniques of the art female impersonation–breast pads, hip pads, flattering clothing, wigs and make-up–to create a female impersonation that will score high enough with the judges to win the title of Miss Gay America. Read complete MGA Handbook via the About page at

Contestants are in it to win it, easily spending thousands of dollars in preparation for this ultimate female impersonator competition. While some design their own gowns, others spend as much as $15,000 at houses from Vera Wang to Versace. Add in shoes and jewelry, plus fees for choreographers, props, dressers, wig stylists, make-up artists and travel and it quickly adds up.

During her reign, a newly crowned Miss Gay America can earn as much as $70,000 in cash, prizes, travel, and appearance fees. Regardless, the consensus among contestants is what matters most is not the money spent or won, but the title!

To date, over 10,000 men from over thirty states have competed for the Miss Gay America crown. •

• More and the history of the Miss Gay America on the About page of Miss Gay America website. Also available as a WORD DOC.
• To get glimpse into the world of female impersonator competition, check out the trailer for the award-winning 2008 documentary “Pageant” on Vimeo.
• Read the latest on the Miss Gay America blog, MGAZINE.

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

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