On October 6, six of America’s fiercest and funniest drag queens will compete in the Best in Drag Show, an annual beauty pageant that raises funds for Aid for AIDS, a program run by the Alliance for Housing and Healing that provides shelter and food for impoverished Angelenos living with HIV or AIDS.
Over 2,000 people are expected to attend this year’s competition, a Miss America–styled spoof where contestants will show off talents, interview skills, and their finest evening gowns and swimwear in hopes of snatching the coveted Best in Drag Show crown. Hosted by cofounder Patrick Rush, the event will tale place at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles and feature celebrity judges Holland Taylor (Two and A Half Men), Mireille Enos (The Killing), Alan Ruck (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), Bellamy Young (Scandal), and Kathy Kinney (The Secret Life of the American Teenager).
Check out the slideshow of this year’s participants and fabulous contestants, including Sash Carl (Miss California: Beverly Centre), D'Nez Westmoreland (Miss Michigan: Electra Caprice Riviera), Stephen Molinaro (Miss New Jersey: Vava Fanculo), Mike Cativo (Miss Puerto Rico: Mimi E), Dajuan Powns (Miss Washington, D.C.: Ciera Lyon), and Aron Ross (Miss Wisconsin: Misty O'Portunity).
Patrick Rush, 2013 Master of Cetemonies
From its humble (tacky) beginnings as Battle for the Tiara, in a rent-controlled West Hollywood apartment more than 20 years ago, to the beautiful Orpheum Theatre (hey, at least the theater is pretty, because God knows the contestants aren't) ... I have a long history and the great honor of being the emcee of this show 17 times. You'll laugh. I'll cry. It's better than Cats. (Though the contestants are real dogs).
None of us would be here unless Alexis Pittman started this and showed us how to do it. I will never forget him. The truth is, a drag queen taught me how to be a man.
Sash Carl (Miss California: Beverly Centre)
I think California deserves the crown and I am just the girl to bring it home. This is the most important pageant I have ever entered and I am ready. See these lashes — to die for!
As a newcomer to the Best in Drag Show, I am overwhelmed by the tremendous support from the entire community. This show is a labor of love that raises money for a great cause — Aid for AIDS.