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What can we expect from the talent portion of the competition?
You really never know until it happens. My personal thing - I still compete - is I do comedy. Last year's winner danced in the Kansas City Ballet, so he did modern dance. There's usually some kind of lip sync. It varies from contestant to contestant. It just depends on what their strengths are.
What are Miss Gay Kansas City's duties if she's crowned the winner?
We help them compete at the state level, which is Miss Gay Missouri in the spring, and if they win that they go on to compete at the Miss Gay America pageant, which is typically held in the fall.
What would Miss Gay Kansas City have to do to lose her crown?
We've never taken a crown from anyone. It's happened in other cities. Typically if you didn't have just cause and you didn't represent us at the next level, you would have your crown taken away. That is your main duty, is to go on to compete at the next level. We help pay for that - we pay for the hotel room, give them money to help them compete, and hold fundraisers, because for somebody to compete at that level it could cost thousands of dollars. If someone were demeaning the pageant or the system itself, they could have their crown taken away. If somebody committed a crime or something - it would depend on what it was. It typically doesn't happen.
What about the event are you most looking forward to?
I'm excited about all of it. In the past it's always been a one-day pageant - we've had it all in one evening. This year we decided to break it up. Friday night they'll do their solo talent, but after that we're having a revue show with the former winners - all that can make it. So that's very exciting. There are a lot of formers who like to perform, and when we have it all in one night, we're not able to do all of that since we have such a long legacy of winners.
The Miss Gay Kansas City Pageant will be rolling out starting tonight at Missie B's and will conclude tomorrow at Hamburger Mary's. Details here.