Well, Happy New Year, kiddies. My, my, my — 2012 is off to a great start. Life is truly great and I’m ready for some good drag and some good pageantry as well. Please forgive me for not having a picture this time, as I wanted to have a promo of Chelsea Pearl and/or Daesha Richards, our Continental PLUS and Elite divas. I’m trying to do it in order of having won national contests, so that of course means coming up will be Luscious and Kirby Kolby. I was asked earlier why I had not already done an interview with both ladies and you know, that’s a great question — I have to get on that. Miss Lulu is half-way through her reign, damn! And, doing a fine job, I’m told. She was just in New Hope, PA for Miss Pennsylvania, where they always put on a great show. Former Miss Continental Domanique Shappelle won and Tiffany Richards was her runner-up. Luscious appeared locally at Miss South Carolina U.S.ofA. on Thursday evening, Jan. 19 at Scorpio. Hope you came on out and supported “our girl.” I thought her comments in the most recent Integrity newsletter about being a good bit taller than her king, Mr. U.S.ofA. GQ, were hilarious. He’s a tiny little fella, but so damned finger-lickin’ good.

Tickets have just gone on sale for the national contests of Miss Gay U.S.ofA. and Gay U.S.ofA. Classic. Let’s do plan on going out to see Luscious and Catia Lee Love give up their respective titles. Talk about two good queens. Damn!

A former Miss U.S.ofA. at Large, Stacey Holiday (or should I say her creator Chad?) is up to creating other stuff. Many know that he has his own baking business with his life partner Edward and Chad is now being featured on the TV show, “America’s Next Great Baker.” I have to tune into that soon, as we go waaaaaaaaay back. Seems they’re always winning “Best of” in the Dallas area for the gorgeous and mouthwatering work they do. Send me some cookies, sugar!

Imagine the fun London Dior and I had early last month when we attended a Cajun Country Christmas at the shops at 1111 Central. London got all dolled up and had her picture made as Ms. Claus (maybe a granddaughter?) with the party attendees. We enjoyed gumbo with the folks from Paragon Salon and shopped at Green With Envy — what sights and smells! It’s just candle heaven, hunny! A lovely contribution was made to my charity, Children International, that I support my two Honduran sons through. I can assure you, both of them had a fabulous Christmas thanks to these folks.

I’m told by my good sis Alyson Thomas that the date is set for another Carolina Continental (yes, in Miami again — that is where the owner lives) for Feb. 20 and the night before in Ft. Lauderdale they’ll have Miss State of Florida. Can’t wait! I’m sure our Miss Continental Alexis Gabrielle Sherrington is still beaming over her Labor Day win. I know her first prelim was Ohio and Kiarra Fontaine won with RU Genesis.

I hear a special Christmas show took place several weeks ago in Houston, TX at the F Bar. One of my favorite icons, Hot Chocolate, was the guest entertainer and just like around these parts for a pageant, the queens came out of the woodwork to see her. Jerry Bird, Tasha Kohl, Bubba McNeely and Dina Jacobs were among the luminaries, along with former Miss America Coco Montrese who works with Proud Larry out in Vegas. This is what you call legendary, folks.

I wanted to mention the Don’t H8 contests that are quickly approaching in Winston-Salem at CO2. I ran up to see the Mr. on Jan. 15 as Tucker Wood gave up his title. Then they’re doing a Miss (for “real” girls) on Feb. 5, then the drag one, DIVA, on Feb. 19. I know a few celebrities are appearing at these contests, like the Britney impersonator Derrick Barry and Jason Dottley from “Sordid Lives.”

In closing, I dedicate this column to two dear queens who passed around the holidays. First of all, Ms. Robin Dupree, whom I met and judged at Continental PLUS years ago, then saw her again at EOY a few years later. This was a sweet person, and she could work a stage, baby — especially a dramatic number. Her “All By Myself” by Eartha Kitt had me in tears. It just tore me up. If she was the Queen of Drama, then surely the “Queen-in-Training” was that little baby Sasha Valentino. Sasha passed the day after Christmas and the news just broke my heart. This diva who would give you clothes every year at Continental will be sorely missed in her adopted home of Chicago and all around the country. Ladies, serve it up at the big show in the sky like I know you can. : :

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