Dextaci
Miss Gay Louisiana America 2012






The DEXellence Archive


Open Letter

Well...well...well...I have absolutely been beside myself since being crowned your new Miss Gay Louisiana America 2012...exhilarated, humbled and honored...all at the same time. I need to get my feet back on the ground, though, and touch base with everyone with a bit of an update on my plans and preparations for the upcoming 41st Annual Miss Gay America pageant coming up in October!

Prior to the start of the preliminary pageant season this year, I was quite uncertain as to whether I had it in me (both emotionally and financially) to commit to the Miss Gay Louisiana America system. I struggled with giving it another shot or sitting it out BUT I could not ignore how deeply inspired I was by Maybelline...and knowing deep inside that sitting out would simply cast off all the work that I had put in in during my previous efforts and would do nothing but "put it out there" that Dex gave up on his dream and was apparently not the person people perceived him to be.

Accompanying both of my sisters, Maybelline and Athena, to the Miss Gay America pageant last year opened my eyes and challenged me to not lose sight of my dreams...but more importantly than that, I finally figured out, deep down in my heart, that it was not about competing but BELIEVING. In that split second of realization, I decided then and there that when I returned from assisting them at MGA that I HAD to continue my journey to try to become the next Miss Gay Louisiana America.The legacy that this pageant system rests upon is a long-standing legacy of love and support that people pump into the artform...and THAT is what makes the MGA system so welcoming.

I strongly encourage my fellow contestants from this past season to NEVER LOSE SIGHT of your dream!! STAY TRUE TO YOURSELF!! Of course, take every critique as an opportunity to improve, but also take it with a grain of salt and come to a happy medium within yourself and deliver as professional a package as possible, no matter what level of the competition, whether that be on the city prelim or state pageant level.

I also want to take this opportunity to say how very proud of everyone I was this year at the state pageant. Veterans were on point as expected but the surprise this year was the newcomers to the Louisiana system that were real eye-openers and have us all pondering on next year's outcome! Congrats to Mercedes, Athena, and Aubrey for a job well done in being selected for the official MGLA Court! And last but not certainly not least, to my sister Arilyn Roberts, I admire you for all you accomplished this year! You worked it out, sis, and showed everyone that with true dedication, creativity and consistency, ALL things are possible. I am very blessed to be going with you to Miss Gay America and I know you and I will represent our state very well!

In closing, Arilyn and I will be having multiple benefit shows to assist us in our journey to Miss Gay America in October. We will keep you posted on dates and locations. If possible, please try and make it out to a few of these events...your love and support are a vital part of our success at the national level. Just a reminder, the Miss Gay America Pageant will be held in Columbus, Ohio on October 10th thru 14th!!

Well...I think that's about it for now, ladies and gents! I will be posting a column every month during my reign in the tradition Maybelline has set forth and it will be called "THE DEXCELLENCE"!! Pretty neat, huh? lol I am looking forward to an amazing year of community service, shows, administrative duties, sisterhood and above all...PAGEANTRY!!

Sincerely yours,

Dextaci

Miss Gay Louisiana America 2012

Dex Poindexter West Monroe, LA

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October 2012

My apology for forgetting last month to offer a HUGE thank you to the staff, management, and cast at OZ for an amazing first walk as the newly crowned Miss Gay Louisiana. I couldn't have felt more at home with Persona showing hospitality and class at its best. Thank you to the cast for showing me the love of New Orleans. Mercedes, Lisa, Coca, and my MGLA sisters Dominique and Maybelline all made this a very fun night! I'm looking forward to the Miss Gay New Orleans pageant this upcoming season!

The month of September proved to be a very busy time for me with maintaining my day job, performing at both regular and benefit shows, and organizing myself for the upcoming trip to nationals for Miss Gay America.

My first benefit show was held at Club Pink in Monroe. We raised a great deal of money and nothing makes me happier than to see how much this bar supports the MGLA system. Thank you for your continued support on helping me to get to Miss Gay America! Bo, Tommy, and Jaime keep up the good work! Looking forward to many festivities with you in our good town of Monroe which will include a direct regional Miss Gay Southern Elegance America and a city prelim to MGLA, Miss Gay River Cities America!

Next came my invite to entertain at a wedding! This was a very special wedding considering it was documented by LOGO studios for a reality show coming up next year! Congrats to Michael and Craig on your marriage! Many of you would know Michael from my Wynonna talent as my center choir member and Craig as one my stage hands with Robbie. So be looking for your MGLA 2012 on LOGO in 2013!

Next on the agenda was my benefit show on Sep.28th at the my home bar (Corner Bar) in Monroe. SIMPLY AMAZING! I can't thank the Staff, management, and patrons enough for always showing me the love and support through all these years. You amaze me in everything you do for me. This benefit was crowded and we had one heck of a Monroe time. I love you all so very much!

The next night was mine and Arilyn's benefit at the Drama Club in Houma. I was so hesitant two years ago to perform at a bar where no one knew my name, but this bar reminds me of my own, family. They have always been so caring and giving to their community. I had a fabulous time at the bar and then also staying the night at the Bextor palace! Clarence and Bambi, MGLA 2009, are always the best Houma hosts! Arilyn and I want to say thank you to Drama Club for your support! Looking forward to the Miss Gay Houma prelim this year!

Last benefit show in line was the next night Sept. 30th at Tonic in Lafayette. This was probably the most emotional performance I have had since I won the state title. It was an honor to be Miss Lafayette America when being crowned Miss Gay Louisiana America, as Lafayette has been like a second home. I love TONIC and everyone associated with it that makes TONIC what it is. I had a very fun time with all the entertainers especially MGLA 2000 Taylor Stevens who always shows me that a little fun is always a necessity. I love her like none other! I had an amazing time with everyone! I will be seeing the ROU and Apollo folks soon as we all enter the Mardi Gras season. Once again Arilyn and I can not thank you enough Tonic!

Biggest thanks go out to all the girls that participated in the benefit shows for me! Thanks to Stormi Rayne, Tanzi Taylor, Sasha Black, Chelsea Alexander, LaKeisha St.James,Helena Brodnax, Keyanna Monae, Mariyah DuPree, Mya Chanel, Gia Giavanni, Angel Bextor, Bambi Bextor, Maybeline Maskara, Stephanie Stevens, Taylor Stevens, Kenli Andrews, Trinity Alexander, Delanie Valentine and Josalyn Royale for performing and raising all the funds for Miss Gay America!!! Without you none of this would be possible.

So with four benefits, hitting over time at work with the regular shows here and there I am we'll equipped for my journey to Miss Gay America. The pageant will be held Oct.10-14th in Columbus Ohio. We will be pulling the car out of Monroe on that Monday night at mid-night and the pageant starts on Wednesday. With all of your support I know Arilyn and I will represent you all very well.

Just Keep singing,

Dextaci

Miss Gay Louisiana America 2012

Dex Poindexter West Monroe, LA

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November 2012

The month of October was very exciting. First, I kicked it off at Corner Bar (my home bar in Monroe) for our 8th annual Miss Corner Bar pageant. Con-drag-ulations to Anastasia Dayne for capturing the title and to her alternate Stormi Rayne.

The following week took me to the great city of Columbus, OH for the official Miss Gay America pageant. Upon arriving, the contestants and pageant supporters greeted me and my team with open arms. Being introduced as Miss Gay Louisiana all week by everyone was an EXHILARATING honor!! I got to meet and greet with all the contestants and their teams from all over the nation. We had a WONDERFUL UNFORGETTABLE time together, including visiting with the ever-fabulous Kirby Kolby and all the other beautiful former MGAs that were there in full regalia as well. Our dinner, before the review show, was such a great time for the "Louisiana" family to be together: promoter David Green, director Josh Richardson, Miss Southern Elegance Jessica Jade and her 1st alternate Sasha Chambers, myself and Arilyn and our support networks were all there and had a lively time together. Jessica Jade continues to always be one of my biggest inspirations. Her words of wisdom helped make my training wheel year at Miss Gay America much easier for me. TRUST!! Arilyn and Dextaci showed the nation that the Miss Gay Louisiana America pageant system is alive and well! Ariyln's Superstar talent was like none other! It was the most hilarious talent in the pageant this year and I couldn’t be more proud of her. She even received a standing ovation. I performed my old faithful, Wynonna Judd, and it was THE best and most true-to-form Wynonna illusion performance I've ever done in my three-year drag career to date. The crowd was on their feet clapping and going crazy for the live vocals and in the words of my dear Chica: BAM! All my hard work paid off!

As I began my journey into the art-form of female impersonation, I psychotically (lol!) watched the "Pageant" documentary over and over in hopes of one day getting to be a part of so legendary an event. It was the most amazing feeling to finally show the MGA assembly what I love to do, which is entertain and stir emotion, and I did JUST that!!

After a long week of competition,I placed 13th overall!!! Only 42 points came between me and the top 10. I WILL be back to fulfill my dream of one day being crowned Miss Gay America

Last, but certainly not least, a huge CONGRATUALATIONS goes out to my dear friend and partner-in-crime Sally Sparkles for being crowned Miss Gay America 2013! She has always made me feel welcome in the America system... all the way back to three years ago before I even entered my first prelim, Miss Gay West Monroe America. Sally told me then to NEVER give up and to always KEEP CALM and SPARKLE!

Sally even dressed me for evening gown and solo talent this year back stage on her male interview day. So you can understand how emotional Sally's coronation was for me and to so many others she's extended kindnesses to, just like me. Everyone present knew that Sally Sparkles is one of the most congenial individuals to ever step into a stiletto in the business we call female illusion!

A huge thanks goes out to David Green and Josh Richardson. They made sure their contestants were awake, on time to roll calls and dressed sharp for all events. Thanks also goes out to Mama Deb, Mama Edie, Ben Evans, Stormi Rayne, Deven Carriere and Blake Viator for helping me make it through such a tough week of competitive pageantry. I cannot thank you all enough!

Congrats goes out to MGLA 2011 Maybelline Maskara for capturing the best opening number honor with her "Return to Old Hollywood" presentation at Miss Gay Louisiana America this year. A huge ATTA-BOY to David Green for receiving PROMOTER OF THE YEAR!

David, Josh and I are gearing up for yet another fantastic prelim season. I encourage any person inspired to "go for the gold" (that being the State title) to start NOW. Get your package together, pick a great prelim and above all, plan financially because a solid year of preparation and travel, most especially to nationals,is a very expensive endeavor indeed. If anyone needs anything, I'm only a phone call away! I'm looking forward to a memorable year with you all as I step into my duties of the 2013 Louisiana America preliminary season as your current reigning Miss Gay Louisiana America.

Just Keep singing,

Dextaci

Miss Gay Louisiana America 2012

Dex Poindexter West Monroe, LA

I may be contacted through email at dex_poindexter@yahoo.com or by cell phone at 318-805-8990

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December 2012

The month of November started off with a bang! I found myself at Central Station in Shreveport. It's always a spectacular time when I'm with my Shreveport family. The Lady Phat Kat and Sarina Styles keep me laughing the entire time and that is no joke. Something else I find great about this venue is they have locals that cater and feed the entertainers on their Saturday night shows! Ya'll know I love to snack, so of course I'm going to be excited to get together with my Shreveport family. The crowd was most welcoming to me. It's been quite sometime since they have had a current reigning Miss Gay Louisiana in the house and you know what? This Miss Gay Louisiana had a fabulous time with them. I can't wait to return. By the way, what is on the menu for my next Shreveport show? lol!

As the chilly weather began setting in, you could tell November was finally here. I always enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday.

It gave me the chance to stop, breathe, relax and enjoy some much needed time with family and friends. After three-and-a-half years of either competing or spectating in the America System non-stop, I got a long-overdue chance to sit back and reminisce on everything with my loved ones.

Mama Deb cooked an amazing family dinner. We had a fabulous holiday and even had friends over to enjoy the fabulous meal with us. All we did the entire day was eat and nap, nap and eat, then eat and nap again!! I think I ate my weight in dressing! Then, we pulled out the old "drag" pictures from back in 2009 and started talking about all our memories and listened to each other's stories from past experiences leading up to my most recent accomplishment of being crowned Miss Gay Louisiana America. Always take the time to appreciate your loved ones and the things you have in life. I'm also very thankful I have been surrounded by so much love in the MGLA family, too. Together, we all make the Louisiana America system what it is.

Black Friday started early and it was showtime, once again, at the Corner Bar. Packed house as usual! I also got to visit with MGLA director Josh Richardson as we prepared for the show. Just from visiting with him and David Green that night, I know this is going to be a season for the books! Once again, I encourage all of you when making those wish lists of yours for Christmas to add those pageant supplies you need to it because every little bit counts!! Get it together now, sisters! Yesterday was the time to get it in gear! I want to see everyone on their "A" game . Read those rules, polish up those talents, find someone to partner up with for interview practice, etc….

The next day was very special to me. Our newly-crowned MISS GAY AMERICA ~ SALLY SPARKLES made her way from her hometown of Dallas to Monroe! Back in May when she was giving up her title as Miss Gay Southern Elegance, she made me a promise that she would come to Monroe to spend a weekend with me when life wasn't quite so busy. Never in a million years would I have thought that she was going to call me to help plan her "first walk" weekend of events. I was absolutely thrilled!! I was honored to perform a ballad with Sally while we both were wearing our crowns! It was a very moving moment for both of us and for everyone attending the Club Pink show because they knew the hard work I had put in to become MGLA and how much it meant to Sally to be crowned MGA. Sally is such an inspiration and the epitome of a Symbol of Excellence. I love her so very much. You will all get the chance to meet/visit with her at Miss Gay Louisiana, if not before then, because I may bring her with me to a prelim or two. Wouldn't that be the T?

Last, but certainly not least, CONGRATULATIONS to Clarence Denenea for being the newest addition to the USofA family as a promoter! He recently purchased Miss Gay Louisiana USofA, Miss Gay Louisiana USofA at Large and Miss Gay Louisiana USofA Classic which will be held March 1st in Baton Rouge! I will be hosting/entertaining the event with my sister, and Clarence's husband, MGLA 2009 Bambi Bextor! Girls interested, please contact Clarence! It's going to be a fierce event!

In conclusion, I hope everyone has enjoyed their holiday season so far. Tis the season for holiday bustle but it's also the time of the season to start brainstorming on everything for MGLA 2013. Again, this is going to be an EXCELLENT state pageant this year! If anyone needs anything, do NOT hesitate to reach out to me with your questions and concerns. That is what I am here for. Remember to get your prelim package together and in top notch shape, as well as your state package, so you will be prepared and organized.

That's all for now, folks...and until next time,

Keep singing,

Dextaci

Miss Gay Louisiana America 2012

Dex Poindexter West Monroe, LA

I may be contacted through email at dex_poindexter@yahoo.com or by cell phone at 318-805-8990

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January 2013

I would like to extend a belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone! Also, my thoughts and prayers go out to the families that lost loved ones in the recent shootings. We can only imagine what they are going through this holiday season and from ones here on out. I advise you all to never forget to tell each other how much you love and appreciate them being in your life because tomorrow always holds something new. Please keep these people in your thoughts.

I had the privilege of getting to perform in not only my home bar Christmas show but also in Uniques Christmas show as well. It is always fun to back to your roots during this time of year and appreciate the love and support people have brought to your life. I remember when I started performing in the illusion of Dextaci, Uniques booked me for my first out of town booking for their Christmas show in 2009. The Alexandria family has always been very near and dear to my heart because they were the first to make me feel right at home while I was not at home. Thank you, Kerri Taylor for a fabulous night of fun and laughs. Huge thanks goes out to my sister Cece Welch for dressing me to perfection and to my good friend Doug Phillips for driving the MGLA crew first class! I love you both!

My month was once again a month of rest and preparation for the upcoming season. I have enjoyed getting ample time to visit with close family and friends this holiday season. It just seems since I have graduated high school back in 2008 that my life has never slowed down until now. Jumping into college, working full time and competing in the Miss Gay America pageant system all at once these past four years has been exhausting, but this journey has been worth it in the long run. I have never felt so loved and appreciated in my entire life until this point. Thank you all so very much for making this reign unforgettable.

Now with a whole year behind us, it is time for all of us to get into the MGLA 2013 pageant season. A few of the city preliminary pageants have the dates already secured. My advice once again to the contestants, is to find the prelim you would like to represent. While preparing here a few things to keep in mind that I know will help you on your journey to becoming the next Miss Gay Louisiana America.

PRIZE PACKAGE: Please understand that this is one of the most important things while preparing for the state pageant and potentially the national level. Look for the prelim that best fits your financial standing. KEEP IN MIND A PRIZE PACKAGE IS NOT MANDATORY FOR PRELIMS BUT HELPS IN CONTESTANT PULL. HAVE A PLAN B! IT IS IN THE RULES! So with that pick the prelim wisely.

LOCATION: Many contestants bring a lot of stuff with them when competing at the city preliminaries. Please keep in mind that when picking your prelim to go with the venue that “helps “your presentations. A prime example would be a talent that has many props and dancers. Think logically girls because I would hate to see free pageant points lost on lovely sets, dancers and costumes because it all looked too cluttered on stage. GET THOSE POINTS RACKED UP! Also keep in mind while preparing to think about dressing room areas. Make sure your dressers are there to work and keep you all organized in a small space with lots of traffic flow. Make sure that if you know a sister is joining you at the same prelim to share a steamer perhaps to have more room! Also bring additional mirrors, extension cords, light, fans etc. DO NOT RELY ON VENUE to supply with your pageant tools. Venues may or may not supply these things so get it together.

PROMOTER: These people are very important and they have to make sure that you are ready for the task at hand. When choosing your prelim and that location to also keep this person in mind as well. I honestly can’t thank my promoters throughout my competition years enough for all they did for me, Trent Roger Miss Gay West Monroe America 2010, John Gilland Miss Gay LakeShore America 2011 , and last but certainly not least Jeff and Rob Miss Gay Lafayette America 2012 my winning year. Your promoters go over and beyond to make sure you are ready for the state level. Also keep in mind when you may potentially be crowned MGLA or 1st alt at the state level, which promoter will go that extra mile for you to still help you out for the national competition? Make that person an integral part of your team from your city all the way to the national pageant. All of our city prelim promoters are all very fluent in “drag industry” so anyone of them is a huge asset to your success.

I would love to welcome the newest addition to our MGLA family, Chelsea Cooper. Chelsea is the new promoter for the official Miss Gay Capitol City America pageant. This pageant will be held at Splash on April 5th. I am looking forward to a great pageant! Thank you, Chelsea for your love and contribution to the Miss Gay America pageant system. Prelims that have been confirmed so far:
Miss Gay Splash America 2013……March 22
Miss Gay Capitol City America 2013…...April 5
Miss Gay Baton Rouge America 2013……April 26
Miss Gay Metairie America 2013……May 25
Miss Gay River Cities America 2013……..June 8
We have others that are in the works as we speak. Please stay tuned.

Well I hope that with 2012 behind us we can all prepare for some kind of resolution and to reach new heights. I remember last year at the countdown all I was hoping for was for a huge change in my life for that upcoming year. I was fortunate enough to land a steady career with JP Morgan Chase in January, capturing the coveted title of Miss Gay Louisiana America in August and competing at the official Miss Gay America pageant in October. The year of 2012 has treated me very well but I am looking forward to what 2013 has to offer. Its hard to believe that its my turn to add to that legacy of entertainers in the MGLA system that have paved the way for so many of us already.

Always Remember to Keep Singing,

Dextaci

Miss Gay Louisiana America 2012

Dex Poindexter West Monroe, LA

I may be contacted through email at dex_poindexter@yahoo.com or by cell phone at 318-805-8990

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February 2013

The month of January really was a step back into reality! Dex and Dextaci where both busy bees!

The first weekend in January I was invited to entertain at the first annual Mister/Miss NorthShore pageant in Slidell at Anything Geauxs. Miss Gay Baton Rouge America 2012 Gia Giavanni was the Mistress of Ceremonies and put together a very well organized pageant. I finally had the pleasure of meeting the promoter for the Southern States AAG @ large pageant Rich Bettencourt! He gave me some fabulous jewelry that night which I immediately fell in love with. Girls its pageant season so get with touch with Rich for your pageant jewelry and high quality stones!

Lafayette was my next stop for the ROU Mardi Gras events. My dear sister, MGLA 2000 Taylor Stevens invited me to her coronation ceremony as Queen ROU. I was asked to sing the national anthem that night and the ROU congregation where all so very welcoming to me. We closed the night out at Tonic where I won Miss Gay Lafayette America last year. Ty , your bar looks absolutely amazing and I can not wait to work with you in the near future!

When finally getting settled back home I had the most busy weekend of them all! That Friday night the Corner Bar was hosting their first Magic Mike night so you all know how excited I was to be out of tights and heels to see pretty men jump around stage! The night was full of good Monroe folks having a gay ole time. The next night Mama Deb and I where on our way back to Lafayette for the Krewe of Apollo events. I was invited a 3rd year in a row to open the ball with the national anthem. My 3rd time singing this song was very emotional for me. There I stood beside those beautiful colors, in my American flag dress finally as Miss Gay Louisiana America. I had to stop after I sang “…..banner yet waive……” because I was on the verge of tears. I felt the love in the air and still very humbled to be Miss Gay Louisiana America representing a system of female impersonators that is so legendary in our state.

Then it was back to Monroe we go for David Greens birthday bash at Club Pink. Upon arriving back home, I got to meet up with Aubrey Synclaire , Beyoncea Black and Cassidy St. James. We had a fabulous late lunch at Copelands and then enjoyed a hot dip in the hot tub! I got my female things packed and headed to Pink for a star studded show of girls. The show included Delanie Valentine, Phoenix St. James, Blazen Haven, Erica Matthews, Aubrey Sinclaire, Sarina Styles, Beyoncea Black, Miss Mattie and myself. A huge thanks goes out to Club Pink for hosting Big Davids birthday and I can not wait to be back for Miss Gay River Cities America in June. Actually you will see me sooner than that at Miss Gay Southern Elegance America pageant in May hint hint. Lets all congratulate Sarina Styles for becoming the new Miss Club Pink 2013 and Beyoncea Black winning Southern States All American Goddess @ Large!

At this time, I would love to welcome a few new promoters to our MGLA family!!!!!

The Miss Gay Monroe America pageant is finally back after being dormant for over 15 years. The new promoters are Doug Phillips and John Booth AKA Cece Welch. The pageant will be held May4th at Club Pink. Congrats Doug and John! You can get more info from me, Doug or John.

The Miss Gay Baton Rouge America pageant is now under new promotion. The new promoter is Jonathon Morvant who is no stranger to the MGLA system. He has been affiliated with MGLA for over 10 years. The event with be held at Splash in Baton Rouge on April 26th. You can get more info from me or Jonathon.

The Miss Gay Vieux Carre America pageant is now under new promotion as well. The new promoters are Bradley Lathum and Joe Palafox. This is a very legendary preliminary in the MGLA system considering that it has the most former Miss Gay Vieux Carres overtime to become MGLA. Bambi, Anastasia and Mya are a few names on that huge list. The pageant will be held June 9th at The Bourbon Pub. You can get more info from myself, Brad or Joe.

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With that being said lets get down to some much needed talk. As you all know I am one queen that loves the presentation category when it comes to MGLA. I mean , did you all see Miss BBQ (Barbi Q) in 2010? The official theme of MGLA will be “Calendar Girls: A Girl for All Seasons” Please take note at the specific guidelines for this theme. Contestants will be holidays and former MGLAs and MGAs will be months. With that being said I have specific guidelines I need met.

CONTESTANTS : You will not be able to choose just any holiday you want, it will work on a first come first serve basis. The way it will work is the order you all receive your ticket to MGLA is your early bird spot. For example, the winner and 1st alt at Miss Gay Splash America have first dibs on holidays before the winner and 1st alt at Miss Gay Capital City America. The earlier you get your ticket the better chances you have of getting the holiday you want. So as I always advise, get it together now girls. Secure your tickets so you can get the holiday you want. You will also have to secure your holiday the night you secure your ticket. Girls, I will provide you with a CD with the song burnt on to it for you the night you receive your ticket during the critique session .Your attire may be anything pertaining to that holiday such as Thanksgiving as an Indian or pilgrim or St. Patrick’s day as a leprechaun. Make it noticeable. Make sure your costume, headdresses, wigs, accessories, shoes, trains etc do not exceed 2 ft from your body. No exceptions! Presentation guidelines must be met to secure enough room on stage for everyone. Remember if you do not abide by these rules administrative points can be deduced for not following presentation guidelines.

FORMER MGLAs and MGAs: You will be months of the calendar year. I know we have many formers with birthdays in August including me but we will have to adjust accordingly. The months will be assigned to you when we know how many formers will be attending final night. You will wear that months attire. A prime example would be for June or August beach attire or December could be red velvet with white trim etc. That way when we are all on stage you will see formers as the months and contestants as holidays. It’s going to be so cute! You can find the song on YouTube. If anyone has any question regarding prelim information, please do not hesitate to ask me.

Contestants I am an open book so please be sure to reach out to me if you need anything at all. Until next time ladies and gents…..

Keep singing,

Dextaci

Miss Gay Louisiana America 2012

Dex Poindexter West Monroe, LA

I may be contacted through email at dex_poindexter@yahoo.com or by cell phone at 318-805-8990

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March 2013

Happy belated Mardi Gras to everyone. I sure to hope you all where safe because we all know if can get crazy all over our fine state!

February started off with a bang! February 1st was Monroes annual Mardi Gras parade day. On this day, my home bar opens at 10am and closes at 2am the next day. We have our very popular Mardi Gras show in the parking lot. This is my absolute favorite show of the year because it is an all age friendly show. Chica LaRouge and Mary Jane came up to entertain with me and we showed them that Monroe Mardi Gras is where it’s at. It really warms my heart when all of our patrons and supporters bring people in their families to enjoy the artform. All 9 of my nieces and nephews are present every year getting to see their uncle Dex twirl the stage. Those kids have been around “Dextaci” for the past 4 years and have grown to love all of my stories of competition and memorabilia I bring home from shows and competitions. They wait all year long for the Mardi Gras show and you can see the excitement in their faces when they put that dollar out for me to collect. I can not thank my Monroe support staff enough . Thank you to Tina, Michael, Daron and Ben for a fabulous Mardi Gras night in Monroe.

The next weekend I was off to Shreveport for the Mister Louisiana USofA MI pageant held at Central station. They had 3 lovely contestants that where spot on! I served as head judge that evening and really enjoyed seeing things from a judges point of view for once. I enjoyed the interview category the most because just being able to sit their and listen to those ladies about being so passionate about what they do makes my fire burn more and more about wanting to one day become a Miss Gay America. I got to finally meet Mister USofA Damien Matrix who was no stranger to show business or administrative duties. He was an incredible entertainer and is a huge inspiration for the male illusionists. That night Hunta Downe took top honors with Xavier Michaels close behind. Cody Klondike also secured a ticket to compete at the national level that night! So all 3 kings will represent our state at the national level in March. Thank you Lance for a fabulous night!

My third weekend rolled around and I was headed down to Lafayette for my show. We arrived at the bar Sunday afternoon to hang out and commune with patrons and fellow entertainers. Stephanie Stephens continues to inspire me every time I am around her. A fun fact that people may not know about our friendship is that Stephanie was the person that talked me into the Miss Gay America system after she witnessed my Wynonna performance at Olympus years ago. I knew absolutely nothing about pageant systems and she then advised me on what Miss Gay America is all about and from there I decided to start my journey on one day becoming Miss Gay Louisiana America and potentially Miss Gay America. My drag mother Tori Taylor was also in the show with me that night! She has been a huge contribution to my success as a female impersonator.The highlight of our relationship was my coronation becoming MGLA. I always enjoy her words of wisdom and when we get together its is complete harmony. I could write a whole book on how much I love her but the DEXellence can only hold so much .

The next week was my down time of the week so I got many things done. I got costumes, gowns, hair etc . ordered for my upcoming prelim tours as MGLA. The best part of the week was my Thursday photoshoot. I shot my OFFICIAL MGLA photos with two of my life long friends Katelyn and Branson. The photos are going to be absolutely stunning ! I can not thank the both you enough for taking the long hours out of your day to help me! Also special thank to Stormi Rayne for making sure this ole bag was ready for every angle shot that session.

With my February stories out of the way we are finally About to turn it out.The prelim season is here and ready to start. I advise all contestants to read that rule book. I will hold both a judges orientation as well as a brief contestant orientation at every prelim. You should know what you are expected to execute in gown, both talents and both interviews. Please study because these prelims will be followed exactly by the book. Also get with your back up people about time frames, prop set up etc. GET IT IN GEAR SISTERS! REMEMBER TO HAVE YOUR HOLIDAY PICKED OUT BY THE END OF CRITIQUE! I will execute the administrative duties of MGLA to the best of my ability to make sure that you have a fun, relaxed and enjoyable pageant season.

In March we will have the Miss Gay Splash America 2013 pageant. I will be entertaining and Arilyn Roberts will relinquish her title. The pageant will be held March 22 at Splash in Baton Rouge. The winner and 1st alt will go directly to MGLA in June.

If you have any question do not hesitate to call me directly any day after 6:30PM!!!!

Just keep singing,

Dextaci

Miss Gay Louisiana America 2012

Dex Poindexter West Monroe, LA

I may be contacted through email at dex_poindexter@yahoo.com or by cell phone at 318-805-8990

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April 2013

March had a lot of exciting things that happened in it! This time of the year in the past was always the most stressful for me so I know exactly how you contestants are feeling. I am actually competing in a regional this year so we will all be in the same boat together.

March started off with a bang! The Corner Bar contacted the management team for Chad Michaels from Rupauls Drag Race and got her in Monroe. I have never been more star struck in my entire life! Chad was an absolute treat and the entire place was on their feet for her. My good sisters Erica Shay Matthews came up from down south to entertain as well as Shreveports Prada Mylan. We made COINS honey boo boo child! The highlight of my night was when Chad asked the audience what would they think of me on the show?

She stated that my live singing illusions are one of a kind and that it may be what gets me on the show. The people went crazy! Chad advised on what would be expected in the audition process and what all may be needed for the show. So with that being said I will be auditioning in the future for the show. Wouldn’t that be festive?

Also that night Clarence and Bambi put on the official Miss Gay Louisiana USofA pageants. The two of them put on the regular, classic and at large divisions. I wish I could have been there to witness history being made. Congrats goes out to MGLA 1991 and 93 my drag granny Tiffany Alexander on securing 1st alt in the classic division and also to for MGA 2006 Nicole DuBois on winning the classic division. My auntie, The Lady Phat Kat took top honors in the at large pageant with Starr Alexander as her 1st alt. And my sister in crime the body beautiful Sarina Styles captured her dream on winning Miss Gay Louisiana USofA with Arilyn Roberts as her 1st alt. I want to congratulate Arilyn on being fortunate enough to compete at both the Miss Gay America pageant as well as Miss Gay USofA pageant! Not a lot of people get to compete in both major pageant systems in the same year so knock them dead diva! I am proud of you!

That following Sunday I got painted and headed to Club Pink for Hunta Downes benefit show. It was so much fun getting to cut up with him and Sarina. We raised a great deal of funds for him to capture his dream of becoming Mister USofA MI. Sarina is one of the greatest gals in the state when it comes to show business. I am so very honored to reign with all these title holders this year because for the first time in history we have 6 national system state title holders for Louisiana myself,Phat Kat, Nicole, Sarina ,Hunta and Beyoncea. We all contribute to the growing of this artform every time we step on stage and letting people enjoy our talents at our shows. Keep it up folks because we are putting Lousiana back on the map more and more everyday!

My next pit stop was Sarinas benefit show at Club Pink. We had a fabulous time entertaining and raised her a great deal of funds for her trip to nationals. I know hands on how expensive it can be traveling to a national pageant so please help fund these gals to their competition. I know Clarence has put together a "Hurricane Louisiana" benefit show tour for all of his USofA girls so please stop by at one (or all) of the events and show your support!

My next stop was my first prelim as Miss Gay Louisiana America. Me and Team Dextaci packed and headed to Baton Rouge for Miss Gay Splash America 2013. Arilyn was relinquishing her title to the new girl and also was so beautiful all night long. Congrats on a fabulous year Arilyn! I had the pleasure of looking over two great contestants. At the end of the night Aubrey Synclaire took tops honors and Britney Towers was her 1st alt. These girls have chosen Valentine’s Day and Christmas as their holidays. Please give these girls a hand for stepping up to the plate, getting their packages together and securing the first two tickets to MGLA. I am looking forward to seeing the both of you work it out at the state pageant in July! A big thanks goes out to Splash owners, management and staff for putting on a great event! Miranda Mann, you are the bomb dot com diva, I can not wait to see you again!

The next night I found myself at Corner Bar for the bar owner Tinas birthday. I swear this woman knows how to pack the house for her birthday! I performed and hosted as Dextaci along side with my gal pal in crime Sasha Black and Monroe really let us have it. It was so much fun getting to be there celebrating the birthday of one of Monroes most legendary people. Tina Anzalone is an beautiful person inside and out and I Couldn’t imagine my life with out here. I love you gal!

The last weekend I was once again at my home bar for my show. This was very intense night as it was my exact four years in drag. It has been a very enjoyable and crazy last four years of my life. When I decided to take female impersonation to the next step many years ago, I never thought I would have accomplished the things I have in such a short amount of time. Some of the most memorable moments in my past four years have been being crowned MGLA in August, receiving a standing ovation at MGA and the pep talk that a special someone gave that slapped me back into reality to continue my dream of becoming Miss Gay America in the future. I will never give up on this dream. I will work harder and harder every year to showcase the professionalism, talent, elegance, entertainment and the sophistication that I possess.

Remember gals to get these tickets early so you can focus on the main event in July! We have four very lovely prelims in April.

Miss Gay Capital City America 2013 at Splash April 5 Miss Gay Lafayette America 2013 at Tonic April 20 (MGLA Homecoming prelim) Miss Gay New Orleans America 2013 at Oz April 24 Miss Gay Baton rouge America 2013 at Splash April 26

Mark your calendars and please be in attendance at these events. Please remember that the holiday selection is first come first serve.

Keep singing,

Dextaci

Miss Gay Louisiana America 2012

Dex Poindexter West Monroe, LA

I may be contacted through email at dex_poindexter@yahoo.com or by cell phone at 318-805-8990

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May 2013

April was a mad house with four out of the nine prelims for this season! However, with my Starbucks I pushed through!

I started my month off in Baton Rouge for the Miss Gay Capital City America pageant. Three contestants showed up for the pageant. After a long tedious night of pageantry Mercedes Loreal took top honors and Raelynn Rae was the first alternate. Chelsea Cooper put on a stellar pageant and I could not be more proud of her! Way to go gal!

The following week, I had to take some time to focus on my regional package. My package is hopefully secure enough for me to get a ticket to MGA this year in October. Touring to all of my city prelims and being the administrator, I have learned being chosen as Miss Gay America the job is hard work. I commend every former MGA on their hard work they put in as the administrator for their year. Ride Sally, ride!!!

The Corner Bar was the next stop for a very special night. We where having a benefit show for one of our favorite patrons who has been experiencing some personal hardships. We raised a great deal of funds for amazing man. He has always been front row and center for all of our big events and we wanted to give back to him for all he has done for our community. Once again Corner Bar is showing exactly what family is all about and that is being there for each other in times of need. Thank you Tina, Daron, Michael and staff for all that you do.

After a 4 hour nap, I was off to prelim number three, Miss Gay Lafayette America. Two great contestants arrived hungry for the title. Condragulations goes to Venus Monroe your new Miss Gay Lafayette America and her first alt Trinity Alexander on getting their tickets to MGLA in July! I can not Thank Tonic, Tye, and Stephanie for everything they have done for me. Lafayette is and always will be my second home because of the hugs, love, smiles, and encouragement you all provided made my journey to becoming Miss Gay Louisiana all worth it. I sincerely love you all from the bottom of my heart and expect nothing less than good things from your representatives at MGLA this year!

The following week is what I called the drag Olympics, which is night after night in drag.

Wednesday I was in route to New Orleans for the Miss Gay New Orleans America pageant . Three lovely gals showed up to compete for this legendary title. Monica Kennedy took home the coveted title and Cassidy St. James was her first alternate. Miss New Orleans has always had a huge legacy of excellence involved, because they are the longest running prelim in MGLA history. My hat goes off to Persana for not only being a great promoter but for being an outstanding host, decorator, and mentor for her girls every year. Persana you get a A+ for a fabulous night on Bourbon St. to me =]

The next night I was in Splash's regular Thursday night show. I was fortunate enough to meet the famous Brandi Ice and work with my sister MGLA 2004 Jayda Alexander. Splash sure knows how to treat their girls and where tipping the house down boots! I will have to come back soon because they always let me have it. The last night of cross-dressing took place at Miss Gay Baton Rouge America. Two lady boys showed up for this event and where so lovely and easy to work with all day and night. Alexis Lawrence is your new Miss Gay Baton Rouge America and Coca Mesa is her first alternate. MGA 2005 Raquel Chevalier served as head judge. Still to this day I am amazed by her professionalism, talent, and charismatic personality. One day I can not wait to be well rounded like her in this system having been a contestant, former , promoter and judge. Jonathon Morvant and John Jarret nailed this pageant! I see great thing in the future for you two and for your contestants at MGLA in July! And last but certainly not least to my sister Gia Giavanni. You continue to be one of the most incredible people I have come across in my life. You are extraordinary! I think you are approachable, beautiful, and beyond talented. I love you so much and MGLA will not be the same without you this year.

After a long month of Dextaci, I have to say what a fabulous time I had down south. The contestants, promoters and supporters make this one of the most amazing state pageants in the nations.

Now with my cheesy life stories out of the way its time for business!!!!!!!

HOLIDAYS TAKEN : Valentines…..Christmas……..Independence….St. Patircks……Halloween……Mardi Gras…..Memorial…..Easter…….Chinese New Year…….Cinco De Mayo

Also since it is my job to be a mentor and I need to say a few things. I have been affiliated with the America system for 4 years now and I can honestly say we have grown and grown every year. I have witnessed a lot of negative things on multiple social media networks pertaining to this state pageant. A word of advice to all contestants and potential contestants.....please be on your "A" game when it comes to your behavior and reputation. You all work so tirelessly on these packages and promoting and can easily throw it away with how people perceive you whether it be a future promoter or judge. Make sure that you AND your back up people/drag family/real family/dressers/dancers etc.....are all showing excellence as you do because they are a reflection of you. Once again THEY ARE A REFLECTION OF YOU!

Louisiana is growing more and more every year and I am so glad that one day I get to leave my mark on this state system. Smile at each other and show this nation that the Louisiana sisterhood is where's its at. I am so proud of each and everyone and how you all contribute to the success of this pageant..... next stop Miss Gay Monroe America for the next 2 tickets to MGLA then my turn for Miss Gay Southern Elegance America May 18 :)

Keep singing,

Dextaci

Miss Gay Louisiana America 2012

Dex Poindexter West Monroe, LA

I may be contacted through email at dex_poindexter@yahoo.com or by cell phone at 318-805-8990

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June 2013

May was a much needed break for me! It came and went to fast though. I really enjoyed my facial hair and going to be early for the majority of the month.

My first stop was not a stop really because it was in Monroe, La for the 6th prelim. As you all know Sally came in to entertain and represent L and T Entertainment at the Miss Gay Monroe America pageant. I met her at the hotel where we then went to find a quick bite to eat and do some shopping. If anyone knows me my favorite place in the world is McAlisters which was Sallys first time to eat there. Miss Gay America sure does love her some McAlisters after that meal! Right after lunch we went to the Duck Commander store which is the official viewing and souvenir store for the famous tv show Duck Dynasty. Sally had to pick up a few things because she has some Texas friends of her that love the show. Sally was running around in her Miss Gay America t shirt and all the redneck folks had the look on their face of what in gay hell?!?!? Me and her laughed about it all the way out of the door! After that we headed to Club Pink for the contestant registration. The contestants, their support groups and Club Pink staff where so welcoming to out Symbol of Excellence. She soon left to get a cat nap because it was my job that day not hers and she was so very happy to have a break!

There where 5 very eager and handsome men that showed up to compete for this title. Then contestants where Holly Day, Sable Monae, Delanie Valentine, Lana Lee Taylor and Aloette Monae. At the end of the night Delanie Valentine took home the Monroe crown and Sable Monae took 1st alt. Congrats to our hometown girl Holly Day for winning Miss Congenaiality. It was a great feeling to be on that stage as MGLA, at this prelim and at the bar I started as Dextaci at., it was a complete full circle of my drag life. Doug Phillips, Cece Wellch and Club Pink made this one for the books! I am so proud of the out come of this pageant and look forward to these 2 ladies to work work and work it out at MGLA in July.

So my competition week has here for my regional. It was a complete flashback to my years of competing for MGLA. All the out of town folks coming into one place at one time is a always a family reunion for me. There stood three of us on the stage and only 2 of us got to go to MGA. I took top honors as Miss Gay Southern Elegance America and Trixie LaRue was my alt. I look forward to me and her being a winning team at MGA in October! I have always been the person to slack in evening gown. A huge burden was lifted off of me when I received the evening gown award. Receiving my ticket to MGA was very rewarding but finally I have that “bad gown” feeling out of my head. Through out my previous years of competition, I have learned that the gown above all has to flatter your figure and you must look at ease in it . I did that this time for the first time. Of course, I did keep my ears open to people about their opinions from the past but I finally listened to myself for the first time and finally won a category I thought would never be possible for me. In the words of pageant folks IF IT IS NOT BROKE DO NOT FIX IT!!!! I repeat IF IT IS NOT BROKE DO NOT FIX IT!!!!

Chase bank needed me for three more days then it was off to the beach. I have never been on an official vacation in my 24 year life. Every time I have traveled it has been related to having to work whether it be for school, work or my shows so I have never been on a relaxing trip. Pensacola, FL was the place to be for Memorial day weekend. It was great to see the thousands of people from our community coming together to celebrate diversity. It was very humbling to be introduced by many people as MGLA. Getting to sit back and relax with great food, drinks and friends was something I will cherish in my heart forever. My Monroe gang made my first vacation one of the highlights of my reign. Micheal and Craig , you are always so precious to me, you both continue to always show me love and treat me as a son of your own and I love you two so very much. I also ran in to MGLA 2001 Victoria Valentine on the beach and boy did we turn the party with dancing in the hot sun all day long! I can not wait to go back to Pensacola next year for the Pride events!

With May behind us we now only have 3 more prelims to MGLA. THERE ARE ONLY 6 TICKETS LEFT! Do not let anyone steer you off of your path of what you want to be. Remember girls to get everything completely ready for MGLA because by the looks of it so far none of you are playing games and only one can walk away with the crown and become the next Miss Gay Louisiana America!

Please come out to join us for Miss Gay River Cities at Club Pink on June8, Miss Gay Vieux Carre America June 9 at the Bourbon Pub and last but certainly not least Miss Gay Metairie America on July 15th ! After that its all up to my boss lady Sally to see things are ran smoothly for MGLA. She will do an amazing job and I want everyone to show her the love and support she deserves on my give up week. She has been one of the most incredible impacts on my life and so happy for on a successful reign!

By this time next month we will have all girls locked in for tickets. I wish all of you the best of luck at your prelims!

Keep singing,

Dextaci

Miss Gay Louisiana America 2012

Dex Poindexter West Monroe, LA

I may be contacted through email at dex_poindexter@yahoo.com or by cell phone at 318-805-8990

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July 2013

The month June was my last round of pageants so this was a very emotional month for me .

I started the month off at Club Pink for the Miss Gay River Cities America pageant where three men showed up to compete. The venue was so cute because Aubrey chose a fashion theme for her give up. It was so adorable! My very good sister MGLA 2009 Bambi Bextor served as head judge for the event and was so fun to be around. At the end of a long day of pageantry, Felicity Taylor won and 1st alt went to Phoenix Chancellor St. James. Thank you to the Club Pink staff and management for a fantastic event.

So after Miss River Cities I went home got out of drag, packed some more, took a nap and headed to the city of New Orleans for the Miss Gay Vieux Carre America pageant. The promoters had four ladies show up for this prestigious prelim. Through my years of competing for MGLA, I always wanted to be a Miss Vieux Carre because of the legacy that it holds. Miss Vieux Carre is the prelim that has had the most amount of formers to become MGLA, so you can see why this pageant is a vital part of our system. The high light of my night was finally getting to hang out with my big sister both a former MGLA 1999 and Miss Southern Elegance 2003 Jessica Daniels. Jessica is a huge inspiration to me because she was the only person to go to MGA as MGLA and score as high as she did receiving 4lt alt to MGA 1999 Linda Carrero. She also appeared on the Ricky Lake show for a big review on the nations best female impersonators. And of course the one person that puts me in the floor with laughs all night is MGA 2006 Nicole DuBois. Nicole hosted all night and slayed the children with costumes! She is by far my favorite drag artist ever and is so awesome to be around. At the end of the night we crowned Monique Michaels Miss Gay Vieux Carre and her 1st alt was Bubbles Champagne. Bubble Alexander, you where so lovely and stunning I can not wait to see you come back and compete! Poodle and Brad great job. =P

My last and final prelim was here and what a fun and crazy day it was. Team Dextaci headed down to Metairie for the Miss Gay Metairie America pageant. Dwayne was on point with the line up of events for a smooth pageant. MGA 2005 Raquel Chevalier hosted the event and her husband Chris was there as well! Chica LaRouge traveled from Baton Rouge to emcee with Raquel and what a fun time we had. My predecessor MGLA 2011 Maybeline was the head judge who is always lovely and full of wisdom. At the end of the night we crowned Pharyst Avedmal the winner and Connie Hung as her alt. Both of these ladies are so genuine and literally showed the sisterhood all night in the dressing room that this pageant is all about.

During my ballad of the night I started pouring the tears. This was my last prelim as MGLA and I could not have felt more accomplished in my life. When you know you gave something your all you are so proud. To see Chris Wilderman with a smile on his face, my mothers smile and everyone on their feet for me was something incredible and I felt so humbled.

After 9 prelims, the day job and pursuing my dream of becoming Miss Gay America I am exhausted. I know being tired is a huge part of the job but you must push through because so much rests on everyone to contribute to the success of this pageant system. I am not going to say my good byes and thank yous here because I am saving those for my give up letter in the program.

Remember a few things: stay true to yourself with open ears and never let anyone determine your self worth.

I am so very honored to have been your Miss Gay Louisiana America 2012.

Dextaci

Miss Gay Louisiana America 2012

Dex Poindexter West Monroe, LA



I may be contacted through email at dex_poindexter@yahoo.com or by cell phone at 318-805-8990

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August 2013

July has here and time to get my things together for my give up. I started my month off at the Corner Bar with the crowning of our new Miss Monroe Drag Idol, Mya Chanel. You all would more famously know we as my assistant this year for MGLA touring, she was the dresser that had one heck of a job! Congrats on your win lady!

Two shorts weeks after I was back at the home bar for my last walk at home as MGLA. I had a pre give up at my home bar because I know how difficult it is for people that live in Monroe to make it down south. Once again I can't say enough how much I love my home bar. You always know how to pack the house and show your support. I love you from the bottom of my heart.

The following week was finally here! The Tuesday night before the MGLA festivities started, me and Sally Sparkles traveled to Lafayette to pick up my drag mother Tori Taylor. Lord lets just say we three had a blast on that 50 mile ride back. Sally enjoyed Tori's cajun accent lol

So the day was here and there was 17 men there to apply for my job. Prelim night 1 and 2 went awesome and then it was final day! Congrats to all my girls this year on showing that Louisiana is the bomb!

While getting ready for final night, the fire system went off in my room. The hotel room I was in was completely ruined including my give up costumes and laptop. But Team Dextaci and mom came through. Sally pep talked me and got my head back in the game. My top 8 was very impressive and you all sure showed how to turn the party with the madness of my room going on.

All the former MGLAs, Sally, Catia and Kirby where all so supportive during my big accident. They gave me hair, make up etc. lets just say my give up was one for the books.

At the end of the night Delanie Valentine took 1st alt and Mercedez Loreal won the pageant. After a long 7 years her dream became a reality! So proud of you girl!

The next day was a mad house with the hotel trying to get my wet room issue taken care of. We got everything straightened out and insurance will be taking care of it! That night me and lots of the gang went out for a night on the town. The best part of the night was Kirby busting out laughing the entire time at the Krewe of Divas show hosted by Chica. What show could be better for Kirby to enjoy here in Louisiana?!?!

We where wide awake and headed to New Orleans for the day. David, Edie, Mindy, Kirby,me and Josh spent all day in the quarter! That night we got to see Kirby in action at Oz and witness the first walk of my successor MGLA 2013 Mercedez Loreal. There where so many promoters, contestants and supporters of MGLA in the house and it was one amazing night! At the end of the night me, David and his family headed back to Monroe! Poor David knows how to drive without any sleep. Power to him!

Well I look forward to enjoying my year as the most recent has been! Mercedez, Delanie and I hope to do well at MGA!

Love you all and remember to keep singing......

Dextaci

Miss Gay Louisiana America 2012

Dex Poindexter West Monroe, LA

I may be contacted through email at dex_poindexter@yahoo.com or by cell phone at 318-805-8990