Delanie Valentine
Miss Gay Louisiana America 2015






Delanie's Declaration


June ~ February ~ January ~ September ~ August ~ July


June

Hello Everyone!

Well well well… All of the city preliminary competitions for 2016 are now complete! I am very pleased with the outcome of each pageant. We have 14 amazing individuals that will be competing for the title of Miss Gay Louisiana America 2016!

  • Miss Gay Lakeshore America – Ambrosia Black
  • Miss Gay Lakeshore America Representative – Stormi Rayne
  • Miss Gay River Cities America – Raelynn Rae
  • Miss Gay River Cities America Representative – Hollie Daye
  • Miss Gay Bolt America – Britnee Alexander
  • Miss Gay Bolt America Representative – Bisquita Stevens
  • Miss Gay New Orleans America – Arilyn Roberts
  • Miss Gay New Orleans America Representative – Connie Hung
  • Miss Gay Monroe America – Laronna Weathers
  • Miss Gay Monroe America Representative – Mya Shannel
  • Miss Gay Vieux Carre America – Trinity Alexander
  • Miss Gay Vieux Carre Representative – Imani Black
  • Miss Gay Lafayette America – Kenli Andrews
  • Miss Gay Lafayette America Representative – Lana O’Day
The qualified contestants that are listed above are the contestants that will be representing various cities and venues throughout our state. Please come out to the state competition on July 13, 14, & 15, 2016 in Baton Rouge at Splash on Highland Road. They are working very hard to bring their packages to as close to perfection as possible. I know it would mean the world to these contestants to have people in the audience to show them support.

I commend all promoters for doing their part and supporting not only these contestants, but the entire Miss Gay America Organization. Without promoters providing the avenues to compete, none of our dreams would become reality. Not many people know the amount of work that is required to promote a pageant. It takes countless hours of planning, budget restrictions, and a few gray hairs! Thank you again to all of the promoters and their staffs for doing their absolute best to provide quality pageants.

If anyone is interested in knowing how they can best support the Miss Gay Louisiana America Organization, we have a couple of options! The first and most common way to show you support is by simply coming to the pageant as a spectator and showing your love and support not only for the art, but for the contestants as well. Another great option is to purchase an ad in the official program book! These ads are very affordable and allow you the opportunity to show your support for your favorite contestant. This is also a great time to advertise for your company. We all know that a business that supports LGBTQ rights will always be “top of mind” to consumers within the community.

Again, thank you to everyone for a successful year of preliminaries! Now it is crunch time to begin final preparations for the state competition. There will be some great entertainers from across the country providing quality entertainment! Again, Miss Gay Louisiana America is July 13, 14, & 15, 2016 at Splash in Baton Rouge!



Much love,


Delanie Valentine
Miss Gay Louisiana America 2015
Miss Gay Monroe America 2015
Cell: (337) 308-8872
Email: devbrocar@yahoo.com

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February

Hello Friends!

I hope this letter finds all of you enjoying all that life has to offer. The month of January was the beginning of “crunch time”. It was now time to begin planning city preliminaries for Miss Gay Louisiana America 2016!!! Before any of that could begin, I had some unfinished business to tend to.

The second weekend of January I was booked at Main Street Lounge in Houma for the second version of Louisiana Queens! Aubrey Synclaire, Maya McNeil, Tiffany Alexander, and I had a great time chatting in the dressing room as usual. The staff at Main Street Lounge always makes a girl feel welcomed! Thank you for inviting me to entertain at your facility! I look forward to doing it again soon!

As many of you know the Krewe of Apollo de Lafayette is a rather large Mardi Gras Krewe that puts together a ball like no other! Blake is a current member of the krewe and decided to costume for the ball. We spent countless hours gluing detailed items to create a backpiece for him to present. Preparing for a pageant is nothing compared to the work that goes into making those huge costumes! And when I say huge, I mean HUGE! His costume was amazing and in my opinion the best presentation of the night! It was a great experience to see and be a part of the entire process from start to finish. Queen Apollo XL reached out to me for assistance as well! I was honored to be given the opportunity to paint the new queen for her big debut! The ball was a great success. Many memories were made!

The next weekend, I was booked at Corner Bar in Monroe for their annual Mardi Gras show! There were plenty of “firsts” for me during this visit to Monroe. This was my first time to experience Monroe Mardi Gras! It was also my first time performing outside. It was also my first time performing during daytime hours. I was not sure if I was going to enjoy being outside in female attire, but I have to admit that this show was one of my most favorite shows I have ever done! Seeing the faces of the children light up in amazement made my heart smile. Being with some of the most amazing people made me very happy. Thank you to Corner Bar, Momma Deb, Dextaci, and David Green for your hospitality! Put me down for next year!!!! ?

Once February was here, it was definitely time to buckle down and get some preliminary pageants on the books. Within two weeks there were seven preliminary pageants scheduled! I plan to have a minimum of NINE prelims for the 2016 pageant season!

With that being said, picking the right prelim can be stressful. As a contestant, there will be several promoters that will reach out to you to acquire you as a potential candidate for their pageant. It is their job to rally up as many contestants to compete for their title. Here are a few things to keep in mind when selecting the right preliminary for you:
  • Does this promoter have a positive image in the community?
  • Does this promoter follow through with obligations?
  • Does the venue of the pageant allow for your props to fit on the stage?
  • What quality of judges did this promoter choose in previous years?
  • Is the promoter well educated with the rules and regulations of the MGA system?
  • Will I work well with this promoter?
Those are some of the things I think about when I selected my prelims to participate in. Prize packages are nice, but they are not guaranteed. Please understand that if a promoter does not follow through with their advertised prize package, there is no legal binding contract that holds them responsible to provide everything they said. So please do not place your decision of a preliminary solely on the prize package. You have to account for many other factors.

I am confident that all promoters within our state possess good character. I have faith that they will fulfill their obligations and make your reign with them as enjoyable as possible. I hope that each of you explore and consider every preliminary pageant this year and find the one that best accommodates you!

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me anytime!



Your friend,


Delanie Valentine
Miss Gay Louisiana America 2015
Miss Gay Monroe America 2015
Cell: (337) 308-8872
Email: devbrocar@yahoo.com

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January

WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE!?!?!? It seems just last week I was unpacking my car from Miss Gay America! It has been quite a while since I have updated everyone on my whereabouts and adventures.

The month of September was my final countdown for Miss Gay America. I began the month with my first booking on the first Sunday of September at Pink Bar & Nightclub. I joined Loren Ross and Tanzi Taylor to entertain the community of Monroe, LA. Upon arriving in Monroe, Blake and I enjoyed dinner with Mr. David Green. We talked about the upcoming Miss Gay America pageant and discussed details about the competition. After dinner it was time for a quick change and head to the bar. This was my first time meeting Loren Ross and I must admit, she is definitely one of a kind! The show was perfect! There were three different entertainers, each with their own different style of female impersonation. As always, the owners and staff of Pink Bar & Nightclub were very kind and generous! Thank you to everyone that attended the show!

The next weekend, my favorite televised pageant competition was taking place. MISS AMERICA!!! I watched the entire event and posted my usual commentaries on Facebook. It was a fun evening at home filled with laughter, gumbo, and a little alcohol. Blake and I were joined by Rusty, Jamie, Mitch, and Adam. Earlier that afternoon, we had Chris, Jacob, and Chad going us for a few hours of shoo-shooing. Some of the best times of my life are made at home with good friends.

On September 19th, I judged a national pageant in Lafayette, LA. I was selected months prior to be a part of the judging panel. It was rather exciting to judge along-side Demi Lovato’s sister, Dallas. Being on the panel was nice since I was going to be on a stage being judged within a few short weeks! Noticing little things that were wrong or missing helped to reinforce that I needed to go over my package for Miss Gay America to check to make sure my small details were taken care of.

The next weekend I was making my way back to Monroe, LA. This time it was to perform at Corner Bar. The show included Kenli and I, Blake was out of town due to a work obligation. Ben joined us and helped us with costume changes and keeping me awake during the torturous drive home. The people of Monroe LOVE to eat! It seems that every time I go there we always meet at a restaurant. This time Kenli, Ben, and I joined, Dex, Renee, Hunta, Marcia, and Katrina at a great Mexican restaurant! The show was fun, but it is always hard to me to really enjoy myself when Blake is not around. I know it sounds crazy and I am not just saying this to say it, but I really do feel incomplete when he is not with me. After the show, we went eat AGAIN! We didn’t end up leaving Monroe until 3:00am and drove 3 hours home! I was awake for 24 hours by the time I drove up in my driveway. The best part of this trip was listening to Kenli talk in her sleep, it was quite entertaining! She was having her own little pageant prop setup happening, I heard all about it! Thank you to the staff of Corner Bar for your continued hospitality. Thank you to Momma Deb for the opportunity to perform. I look forward to doing it again soon!

October started with a BANG! On October 3rd, I began loading the cargo trailer with props and necessities for Miss Gay America. Included with this packing, I was also packing for a weekend of shows in Houma and New Orleans! My house was a disaster and I felt like I was drowning in drag! Luckily, I made it out alive! That afternoon, I made my way to Houma, LA to perform with Tiffany Alexander and Monique Michaels. When we arrived to the hotel, Blake and I were able to enjoy a nice visit with Tiffany and Monique. We just talked about life and the happenings in the drag community. The show was a great success! I always enjoy the time I spend in Houma. If you are ever in the area, please visit Main Street Lounge, it’s like a little hidden jewel. Thank you to Ray Cheramie and Magnus Leblanc for always making me feel special!

The next morning, I made my way to New Orleans to make an appearance at the Bourbon Pub & Parade! Knowing that parking can be a nightmare in New Orleans, Blake and I purposely arrived at the Pub quite early. We were able to chat with Mercedez Loreal while she applied cosmetics for an afternoon show in the quarter. We were then greeted by Aubrey Synclaire and enjoyed conversation over a few cocktails. The show was packed with great entertainment by MGLA 2009 – Bambi Bextor, MGLA 2013 – Mercedez Loreal, MGLA 1991 & 1993 – Tiffany Alexander, Miss Louisiana Continental 2015 – Aubrey Synclaire, and myself. This was my very first time performing at the Bourbon Pub & Parade, I HAD A BLAST! The crowd was responsive and the staff made sure the show ran smoothly and professionally! Upon the conclusion of the show, I had to immediately drive home to prepare for the next day of work and finish packing to leave for Miss Gay America just 24 hours later. I was escorted through the quarter to my car by Bradley Lathem. I will forever be grateful for him. I am a coward and walking through the French Quarter at night with wigs and suitcases terrifies me.

Bright and early on the morning of October 6th, Team Delanie made our way north to Monroe to meet Team Dextaci. My car was packed to the gills with suitcases and wigs. Mitch Reed was in the backseat and Blake was my copilot. Following behind us was Coby Daigle in his truck hauling the trailer full of props. Emmanuel Gumbs join us as well as Coby’s copilot. After meeting Dex and his crew, we began traveling East to Mississippi to meet up with Team Victoria! Once the three stooges and our teams were all together, we made our way to Memphis, Tennessee.

We arrived to a hotel that was being taken over by female impersonators! We were able to check in to our rooms and get settled in. After switching rooms due to faulty plumbing, we were able to visit with a few friends and make some new ones. The next morning was the Miss Gay America Orientation. There were so many emotions in that room. The contestants were eager to find out what number they would be, who the judges were, and what categories they had that evening. By the time the orientation was concluded, all contestants had their official numbers. I was contestant 7. I had Evening Gown & Solo Talent on Wednesday, Male Interview on Thursday, and Main Talent on Friday.

Evening Gown is usually the event I feel most confident in because of my extensive background in pageantry. While I was on stage in gown, I knew something was night right, there was something that was missing. I could not exactly figure it out, but something was definitely “off”.

Solo Talent had one minor issue, but I felt great with my performance and delivery.

Interview is always the category that I worry about. I conduct interviews for a living, but they are structured quite differently. I am accustomed to a strong professional interview that leaves personal experiences aside. It is difficult for me to sit in a suit with five people behind a table and act like I am talking to my friends in my living room. LOL!

Main Talent couldn’t have gone any better! I was thoroughly happy with my display of this talent. I knew going in that it is a talent that may not be enjoyed by all, but it is a talent that I enjoy and that displays my strong attributes. I am sure that it also helped that my mother made it to Memphis in time to watch me compete in this category.

After all the scores were tallied up, I placed 19th overall. I won Group 1 Solo Talent and placed 4th in Overall Solo Talent, 16th in Main Talent, 21st in Male Interview, and 23rd in Gown. As always, Miss Gay America is a learning experience for everyone. Regardless of your role at the pageant, you should walk away learning something new. I am extremely proud of my placement. My goals were to win a Group Award and place better than I did in years prior. I accomplished both of those goals!!!

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Dextaci for making it one step closer to his ultimate dream of becoming Miss Gay America. I know your dreams will come true, I can feel it more than ever! Also, CONGRATULATIONS to Asia O’Hara, MISS GAY AMERICA 2016!!! I am looking forward to working with you this year!!!

Words cannot say enough how grateful I am to everyone that helped contribute to my experience at Miss Gay America! If you called to provide words of encouragement, picked up lunch, set-up props, ironed a shirt, provided monetary donations, or just simply supported me from home, I will always remember the support I felt from everyone! I would have never imagined that so many people believe in me and support me in my endeavors.

After an amazing week in Memphis, it was time to come back home. I immediately jumped into my professional role and worked crazy hours to catch up on things that lacked during my absence. The first six weeks after Miss Gay America did not allow for much rest. I was working seven days a week. Sometimes 12-15 hour days…

Although I was obligated to uphold my duties of my job, I still found time to make a couple appearances. On October 17th I made an appearance at the Announcement Party for the Krewe of Apollo de Lafayette. The party was honoring the announcement of the new king and queen. I had the privilege of doing the make-up on the new queen Adam Trahan. The night was beautiful with lavish decorations and great company. Many people asked about my experience at Miss Gay America, I loved telling them the stories that were made there!

My birthday was October 25th. Not very many people are aware of my birthdate because I do not have it on my Delanie Valentine Facebook Page. I am not the nice age of 31 years old. Last year was a little rough leaving my twenties, but now that I am in the thirties, it’s no big deal. But I do NOT was to hit the forties… LOL!

On November 7th, I made my way back to Houma, LA to perform in the “Crowns – A Night Of LA Titleholders” show at Main Street Lounge. The weather was absolutely horrible. I thought I was going to have to pull over and purchase a boat to make it to Houma! It has been a very long time since I can remember it raining so much! The crowd was small, but nonetheless, a great time was had! The show consisted of Tiffany Alexander, Maya McNeil, Aubrey Synclaire, and myself; we had a great time backstage. I was able to meet the incredibly sweet and kind-hearted Stephanie Night. Due to the inclement weather, it was decided to schedule to do the show for a second time in January! Be on the lookout for the dates!!! Again, I want to thank the owners and management of Main Street Lounge for providing a safe place for entertainers and patrons to utilize.

This was my last appearance at Miss Gay Louisiana America 2015 for the year. The rest of the year consisted of decorating for Christmas. Every year Blake and I decorate home and businesses for the Holidays. This year was our busiest ever. We were so busy that we did not even have time to decorate our own Christmas tree. We decorated on the weekends and sometimes at night when we got off from our real jobs. LOL!

Christmas was nice, usually we try to make it to see all of our family and run the roads on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. This year we decided that we would do one family on Christmas Eve and the other family on Christmas Day. It was much more relaxed and not so exhausting.

I spent New Year’s Eve at work. I worked an 18 hour shift to ensure that my casinos were properly taken care of. It was a long night, but it’s what I have to do to continue to be a successful Casino Manager. New Year’s Day consisted of lunch at my parents house and back home to work on Blake’s costume for the Krewe of Apollo de Lafayette’s Bal Masque on January 23rd!

Now that the Holiday Season is coming to an end, it is now time to begin preparing for the 2016 Miss Gay Louisiana America Pageant Season!!!! Prelims are expected to begin in March! I hope that each of you find a way to support this amazing system and all it has to offer! If there is anything I can do to help anyone please feel free to call or text me at (337) 308-8872. You can Facebook me or email me as well, but my cell phone is the fastest and easiest way to reach me!



MUCH LOVE!!!,


Delanie Valentine
Miss Gay Louisiana America 2015
Miss Gay Monroe America 2015
Cell: (337) 308-8872
Email: devbrocar@yahoo.com

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September

Hello Everyone!

I hope this letter finds each of you doing well and enjoying life! My life has been quite busy but fun at the same time.

The month of August was another month of growth and preparation for Miss Gay America. During the beginning of the month, I accepted the challenge of building the Official Team Green flier that is being used on social media as well as advertisement in the Miss Gay America program book. If you take the time to look at the individuals on that piece of literature, you will notice that Team Green is stacked with some great competitors again this year! I am so excited to be a part of this great group and looking forward to making some wonderful memories!!! IT’S NEXT MONTH!!!!

It was then time for me to work on another part of my duties as Miss Gay Louisiana America. I continued to reach out to current promoters as well as potential future promoters. I am excited to announce that there are new people that are interested in promoting within our state! This just reinforces to me that Miss Gay Louisiana America is not only a pageant. It is so much more than a crown, sash, plaque, and title. It is a legacy; a legacy that so many want to be a part of. It is not just for entertainers, it is for anyone that has a love for entertainment. If there is anyone interested in receiving a promoter’s application, please let me know and I will personally send you one.

On Friday, August 7th, Blake and I had a lovely dinner with Marcia Utter, Katrina Rhodes and her son Brendon, Kenli Andrews, and Ben Boudreaux. We shared many laughs with each other and enjoyed the company. The food and service may have been lacking, but the drinks were on point. If anyone knows me, they know that I LOVE a good meal surrounded with friends! If any of you are ever bored, call me to go eat, I promise I will be there! Just a fair warning, I am a picky eater… ?

That weekend was used to regain some much needed personal time with Blake. We had a special date night on Saturday. We did not do anything extravagant; we just enjoyed each other’s company without the distractions of work. On Sunday, we enjoyed church services, book shopping, and a family dinner. By Sunday night, it was time for friendly gatherings! We found ourselves at Bolt Bar & Patio enjoying the weekly show with some dear friends.

On August 15th, I assisted my mother in photographing a wedding. Photography is an art that I have been fascinated with since I was a young child. On occasion, I assist my mother; it gives me just enough time behind the camera. As many of you may have noticed, I have been releasing a new promo headshot weekly. My mother is the photographer and digital artist that captured these images. She is an experienced photographer that has been involved with pageant photography for over 20 years. Together she and I have travelled throughout the country creating looks for pageant competitors on the national circuit. Pageants and competitions are something I was raised in.

The next weekend, Saturday, August 22nd, Dextaci came into town. We went to the dance studio to watch Dex with his talent rehearsals. No one is ready for all these death drops at Miss Gay America!!!! After talent rehearsal, Dextaci and Kenli came to Blake and I‘s house to enjoy an evening of cooking, cocktails, and old MGA DVDs! Sounds like the perfect evening to me!!! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and had a great time.

On Sunday, August 23rd, I was a featured entertainer at Bolt Bar & Patio. This was my very first experience performing that this venue. I have to say that Kenli, Santana, and Roxie are bringing drag back to Lafayette! If you have not been to one of their weekly shows, you have to make plans to attend soon. The night was amazing! I truly enjoyed my time with some of the most genuine entertainers this business has to offer!!! I was surprised to see so many of my friends make it to the show. I was even surprised by a special someone that drove 3 hours to watch 30 minutes of the show! You know who you are and I love you to the moon and back! It had been over a year since I had performed in Lafayette. I can’t even begin to name the people that were there. I must admit, this show was one of the best shows I have ever been in. I love the Ladies of Bolt!

Just a few nights later, Blake and I were invited to a dinner at Coby Daigle’s home. We were also in attendance with Mitch Reed, Rusty Phillips, and Jamie Graves. The stories that were told left us in stitches and provided much laughter for us all! The cocktails and food were nice, but the company was so much better!

The next Saturday, August 29th, was my scheduled appearance at Main Street Lounge! Blake was out of town at a hair show so I got a few of my friends to attend with me. Kenli Andrews, Ben Boudreaux, Coby Daigle, and Emmanuel Gumbs all piled up in my 4 door sedan and booked it to Houma, Louisiana! The staff at the venue was very welcoming. I had a great time before the show visiting and catching up with Monique Michaels and Jason Emrick. The show consisted of Tiffany Alexander, Victoria Valentine, and me! The dressing room in itself was a show! Having us three together was a dream come true! We also had a special guest join us. Miss Ivy Alexander, Miss Gay Louisiana USofA at Large also graced the stage! This was my first time officially meeting her and she is a sweetheart. I wish her well at her national competition. The drive home was quite interesting because I did not allow anyone to sleep. The entertainment provided by Coby and Emmanuel in the backseat was enough to make me drive to Vegas!

The next day started a little late due to arriving at home after 5:00am… I woke up to an empty stomach and no food in sight. Coby and I got dressed and went to lunch. We spent the day chatting about life and enjoyed each other’s stories. Later that evening we went to the Ladies of Bolt show. We were joined by many friends including Josh Falgout and Britnee Alexander! We had a great time out on the patio talking about Miss Gay America and other drag related topics. Once the night was over, it was then time to get some sleep for the long work week ahead.

As you can tell, my friends are a huge part of my life. I enjoy spending time with them as much as I can. Friends are important to have, they help you grow, they pick you up when you are down, and they straighten your crown when it is crooked. Friends are the family you are able to choose.

That was my month of August in a nutshell. It was not as packed with drag as July, but I think to be a good entertainer and an even better individual you must have a balanced life. A life that is able to enjoy the small things. I hope that each of you are able to enjoy the little things in life. After all, once all the glamour is gone, the little things are all that matter. Hug the special people in your life and tell them how much they mean to you.

Much Love,


Delanie Valentine
Miss Gay Louisiana America 2015
Miss Gay Monroe America 2015
Cell: (337) 308-8872
Email: devbrocar@yahoo.com

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August

Hello Friends!

It is hard to believe that a full month has passed as Miss Gay Louisiana America 2015! The month of July was one that was filled with lots of fun and events I will never forget.

The first weekend of July began with an Independence Day show at Crystal’s in downtown Lake Charles. I always enjoy my time spent in Lake Charles. John Gilland, Nicholas Cruz, and their staff always treat me like family. The show was jam packed with entertainment including myself, Erica Shay Matthews, Nicholas Cruz, and Mr. Crystals, Adonis. After the show, I completely enjoyed myself with some old friends and made some new ones. If any of you are given the opportunity to visit the Lake Charles area, I encourage you to stop by Crystal’s and witness the first class service this place offers!

The following weekend I found myself spending much needed time with my family. My sister is a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader and she came home for the weekend to celebrate her engagement with her fiancé, his family, and our family. It was a great to see her and give her all the details about Miss Gay Louisiana America! Seeing the excitement on her face to hear my story was heartwarming. Having the support of someone you look up to everyday is an amazing feeling!!

On July 17, I found myself at the Miss Apollo de Lafayette pageant. The Mystic Krewe of Apollo de Lafayette was founded in 1976. The purpose of The Mystic Krewe of Apollo de Lafayette is to foster brotherhood, unity, and equality within the community. The organization presents an Annual Bal Masque, scheduled for January 23, 2016, and related festivities in celebration of Mardi Gras. The winners of this pageant go on to compete for Miss National Apollo which is held in Birmingham, Alabama in November. I was in attendance as a dresser for a contestant in the female category. Being a former Miss National Apollo, this pageant was something that I have always enjoyed and appreciated. The night ended with my contestant, Melina Paige Turner, taking home the title! Backstage was a party in itself! I was able to let loose and have a great time with Lakarla Ashley (Phat Katt), my MGLA sister Santana Pilar Andrews, Roxy C. Black, Tori Taylor, Jasmine Flowers, Clarity St. Avery, Brielle Valentine, and many many others!

Just two nights later, I was in Monroe, Louisiana for the Miss Gay Southern States America pageant! Upon arriving to Monroe, I was greeted by Mr. Bo Myers, the Director of the pageant. We visited for a few minutes and then headed to Pink Bar and Nightclub where the festivities were to be held. The venue was decorated in 80’s décor and looked great! The staff and management at Pink always go out of their way to create a unique feeling for each event there. Before the pageant, I was able to chat with Blair Williams, Dessie Love Blake, Sam Bible, Michael Salinas, Chad Johnson, Curt Godier, Anthony Volk, and so many other people! The pageant was stacked with competition with Dextaci, Hollie Daye, and Lindsay Bryant. Dextaci secured her spot to Miss Gay America by winning the title of Miss Gay Southern States 2015! Hollie Daye was also added to Team Green due to her placement as 1st Alternate! Congratulations to both of these individuals whom I not only call America sisters, but more importantly, they are my friends! Kudos to Mr. David Green for putting together this amazing regional preliminary! It was definitely one that will be remembered for many years! The ride home was not as exciting. As I drove home, all 3 of my passengers snored. Thanks Blake, Coby, and Emmanuel!

On July 23, I was scheduled to perform at Splash Nightclub in Baton Rouge, Louisiana! The time spent chatting with Britnee Alexander, Alexa Milano, Chad Brewer, Miranda Mann, and Josh Richardson was more than I thought it would be! We laughed and joked about so many things. Sometimes we get so caught up in making everything just right, we forget to let loose and just have fun. This night was just that…FUN! Thank you to Cory Wise, Quentin Little, and the staff of Splash Nightclub for allowing me to entertain at your venue. I look forward to doing it again soon!

By July 25, I was off again; this time to New Orleans, Louisiana! I took on the role of dresser once again. This time is was for my drag mother, Victoria Valentine. It was a very different experience dressing the person that created you! LOL! We laughed about how weird it was having the roles reversed. It was a great bonding time for us. I really enjoyed chatting with Raelynn Rae, Britney Towers, Athena Campbell, Stormi Rayne, Dessie Love Blake, Nicole Dubois, Robert Gibson, Sally Sparkles, Aubrey Synclaire, and so many other people! Dextaci had a lovely step down and gave the audience a powerful Celine Dion performance to close her reign as Miss Gay Gulf States 2014. At the end of the pageant, Victoria Valentine, secured her spot to Miss Gay America as Miss Gay Gulf States 2015! Dessie Love Blake also secured her spot as 1st Alternate!

Blake and I as well as a small group of friends remained in New Orleans overnight. We woke up Sunday morning and enjoyed brunch in celebration of Rusty and Jamie’s 2 year anniversary as well as the victory of Victoria Valentine! We spent the remainder of the day visiting with friends over cocktails and even caught the Sunday night shows at the Bourbon Pub as well as Oz! I was able to visit and bond with so many people including, Bradley Lathem, Jordan Steib, Dusty Lyons, Mitch Reed, Emmanuel Gumbs, and so many others!

Now that July is over, that means Team Green is complete and ready for Miss Gay America! The team includes, Sasha Leigh Chambers, Trixie LaRue, myself, Arilyn Roberts, Dextaci, Hollie Daye, Victoria Valentine, and Dessie Love Blake! I am thoroughly looking forward to having a great time with this group of people in October!!! I would like to personally congratulate Mr. David Green on his success of promoting 3 Regional Preliminaries, 1 State Preliminary, and 1 City Preliminary! This man is a trooper ladies and gentlemen! He does not like to accept much praise, but he has overcome many obstacles this year that just could not keep him down! He has done so much for so many of us! He will never know just how much I appreciate him!

July was packed with fun and excitement. We all know that this world we live in is a place of love and laughter as well as tragedy and loss. I ask that all of you please keep the city of Lafayette in your thoughts and prayers as they recover from the tragic shooting of July 23rd. Lafayette is a city, but the people of Lafayette are closely knit and come together in times of need. Please be aware of your surroundings at all times and try not to go anywhere alone.

If anyone needs to contact me my information is located below.

Much Love!

Delanie Valentine
Miss Gay Louisiana America 2015
Miss Gay Monroe America 2015
Cell: (337) 308-8872
Email: devbrocar@yahoo.com

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July

Hello Friends!

The time has come for me to publish my very first newsletter as Miss Gay Louisiana America 2015! I plan for these newsletters to be informative of my reign, insightful about my thoughts on certain topics, as well as helpful in preparing for upcoming pageants. The newsletter will be titled “Delanie’s Declaration”. I will release a new letter that will be published during the beginning of each month for the remainder of my reign as Miss Gay Louisiana America 2015.

Becoming Miss Gay Louisiana America 2015 has been a rush! I am still on “Cloud 9” as I type this letter. I made a formal “Thank You” post a few days after my coronation. I would like to give a H U G E THANK YOU to EVERYONE that was a part of my journey! There are too many people for me to list again. Regardless of how small you think your part was, it made a difference, I promise you!

After being crowned the 25th Anniversary Miss Gay Louisiana America, I made my way to Oz New Orleans to make my first official appearance as our state’s Symbol of Excellence. Words cannot begin to explain the feeling that comes over your body as you hear your name called and announced as the current reigning Miss Gay Louisiana America. During my performance of “The Power of the Dream” by Celine Dion, I really felt the love from the audience as well as the meaning of the lyrics of the song. It had really begin to sink in that I finally was given the privilege to represent our great state as Miss Gay Louisiana America 2015!!! As usual, I had an amazing time visiting and catching up with Gia Giavanni, Coco Mesa, Dominique Delorean, Anastacia Davenport, Lisa Beaumann, Tiffany Alexander, Maybelline Maskara, Aubrey Synclair, Bradley Lathem, Persana Shoulders, Dusti Lyons, Victoria Valentine, Adrian Claveria, and many many more! I look forward to many more trips to the Big Easy and seeing so many of my friends as well as making some new ones!

The following weekend I found myself on the road to Monroe, LA to go watch the Miss Louisiana America pageant. Brielle and I met Dextaci at Foxs Pizza Den in Monroe for a little pre-pageant dinner. If you have not eaten here before, you MUST visit this place. I have eaten a lot of pizza in my life, but this pizza was among some of the best! While we were there, we had a great visit with Daron Ables as well as Corner Bar’s newly crowned Drag Idol 2015, Renee Roberts. As the pageant came to a close, I could not help but think how neat it was for me, Miss Gay Louisiana America 2015, watch real girl Miss Louisiana America being crowned exactly one week after me.

The next few days were filled with scheduling appearances and shows throughout the state. I am so excited to get out there and inspire others to pursue their dreams.

The biggest topic of the month was the SCOTUS ruling on Marriage Equality! As of Friday, June 26, 2015, same sex couples can be legally married in all 50 states across America! I did not expect to hear this amazing news. I prayed that the day would come, but I did not think it would come so soon. Just minutes after the ruling, my phone was bombarded with text messages from family and friends that were overjoyed with the recent news. Finally being granted the same rights as other Americans just proves to me that the World is evolving and the society we live in is a part of the evolution. This a great move for so many people. Next we need Miss Gay America to be televised!

If any of you have any questions or need advice, please feel free to contact me via Facebook. I also have alternate ways of communication listed below.

I have big plans for this upcoming year! I hope to get as many of you onboard as possible. There is a reason why the America System has been so successful in creating the longest running female impersonation pageantry system. I plan to contribute many hours of work to make the 2016 pageant season the best I can possibly make it!

Until next time!

Much Love!

Delanie Valentine
Miss Gay Louisiana America 2015
Miss Gay Monroe America 2015
Cell: (337) 308-8872
Email: devbrocar@yahoo.com


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