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Volume 16/Issue 20

by Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain

Jessica Daniels Wins
Miss Gay Louisiana America

The Miss Gay Louisiana America Pageant was held September 11th-13th in Alexandria, Louisiana at Unique Bar and Lounge. As with past Miss Gay Louisiana Pageants, it was a huge success. There were twenty-two contestants from all over the State of Louisiana. The theme for this year's pageant was "Cinderella Goes to the Ball." Sylvia Scarlett, Miss Gay Louisiana America 1998, ended her fabulous reign with all the style and class she had exhibited throughout the year. Tim Bordelon, owner of Unique, and his entire staff were exceptional to the pageant staff, contestants, and should be thanked for a great time helping make this pageant a huge success. The competition was incredible.

The Top Eleven due to a tie included Jessica Daniels, Asya Alexander, Sha'Nyia Ellis Narcisse, Tori Taylor, Victoria Valentine, Valerie Sugarbaker, Jennifer Jason Hart, Nikki Rich, Savannah Leigh, Kasione Bonet and Shayla Gray. Evening gown and male interview scores carried over from preliminary night, and the Top Eleven recompeted in creative fashion, talent, and on-stage question and answer.

After another round of fierce competition, the Top Five were named. Victoria Valentine, Fourth-Alternate, Tori Taylor, Third-Alternate, Sha'Nyia Ellis Narcisse, Second-Alternate, Asya Alexander, First-Alternate, and the new Miss Gay Louisiana America 1999, Jessica Daniels. Overall category winners were Jessica Daniels who received the Ramona Leger Evening Gown Award, Overall Creative Fashion, and Overall Male Interview, Asya Alexander won Overall On-Stage Question and Answer, and Sha'Nyia Ellis Narcisse won Overall Talent.

The entertainment for this years pageant was exceptional and included an all star cast. Maya Montana, Miss Gay America was as flawless and incredible as ever. Maya spent the entire week here in our wonderful state. Linda Carrera, First-Alternate to Miss Gay America, also danced the house down for the patrons of Unique. Also entertaining this weekend were Nicole Dubois, Kofi, and several of the former Miss Gay Louisianas, including Raquel Chevalier, Carrione Sinclair, Rusti, and Brittany Fox. Jessica Daniels and Asya Alexander are now on their way to Miss Gay America in Little Rock, Arkansas October 22nd-25th.

Congratulations to Rick Martinez, owner/promoter of the Miss Gay Louisiana America Pageant, and his staff on another great pageant! Congratulations to all of this year's contestants for a job well done. Jessica and Asya, we wish you the best at Miss Gay America 1999!

Hurricane Georges Closes Down PrideFest '98

New Orleans Mayor Marc Morial shut down PrideFest '98 at 3pm Sat., Sept. 26 as the city prepared for Hurricane Georges. The PrideFest Parade led by Grand Marshals XIX Toni Pizanie and Stewart Butler weaved through the streets of the French Quarter at 11am. Park activities included the main stage, drag stage, country western dance stage, speakers hill and gospel tent.

The Pride Board is to be commended on an excellent job at Armstrong Park. The festival boasted some 50 booths featuring sale items, food, beverages and organizational info.

The early close down of PrideFest led to a loss for this year's festival. Join Ambush in support of upcoming Pride fund-raisers to pay off the debts of the '98 event. The New Orleans Alliance of Pride will need the help of the entire community in this endeavor.

New GAA Public Voting Day
Is Sun., Oct. 4, 3-6pm

Since PrideFest '98 ended early due to Hurricane Georges, those individuals who were not able to vote in the Gay Appreciation Awards Public Voting weekend will get another chance. Public Voting will be held at Ambush offices, 828-A Bourbon St. from 3-6pm on Sunday, Oct. 4. Only those individuals who did not vote at PrideFest '98 will be allowed to vote for one of the top 5 nominees in each category.

Newcomer of the Year... Dominique DeLorean/Footloose/N.O., L Gee [Liz Garzia]/Cheers/Gretna, Bianca Page/Mother Bob's/N.O., Nikki Rich/Oz/N.O., Victoria Versashe/Oz/N.O.
Neighborhood Bar of the Year... Cheers/Gretna, Corner Pocket/N.O., Footloose/N.O., Lance's Pub/Harvey, Mother Bob's/N.O.
Buzzy Fanning Fight Against AIDS Award... Joyce Alberts & Lou Theriot, Ursuline Burgundy, Don Evans, J.R. Stansberry, Billy Warr
Bitch of the Year... Danae Daniels, Glenn Fonte, Michael Kleinpeter, Sweet Sensation, Stephanie Williams
Show Bar of the Year... Chances/Hammond, Cheers/Gretna, Footloose/N.O., Mother Bob's/N.O., Oz/N.O. [The cast of each show bar nominated will be required to present a production number at the 12th Annual Gay Appreciation Awards ceremony Oct. 11th.]
GLBT Friendly Business of the Year... Andrew Jaeger's House of Seafood/N.O., Fifi Mahoney's/Atlanta/N.O., Semolina's/N.O., United Cab/N.O., Washboard Laundry/N.O.
Performing Arts Award... Becky Allen, Fernand Jackson, Donnie Jay, Barry Marino, Slut Puppies
Restaurant/Deli of the Year... Andrew Jaeger's House of Seafood/N.O., Clover Grill/N.O., Krystal's/N.O., Nelli Deli/Quartermaster/N.O., Verti Mart/N.O.
Dance Bar of the Year... Chances/Hammond, Cheers/Gretna, Oz/N.O., Parade/N.O., Wolfendale's/N.O.
Bartender of the Year... Dallas Adams/Oz/N.O., Michael Hudnall/Wolfendale's/N.O., Carol McCarthy/Chances/Hammond, Patrick Rodgers/Footloose/N.O., Kay Wallace/Cheers/Gretna
DJ of the Year... Joe Gauthreaux/Oz/N.O., Mary Pappas/Rubyfruit Jungle/N.O., Tim Pflueger/Oz/N.O., Rhythm/Cheers/Gretna, Brett Scott/Chances/Hammond
GLBT Business of the Year... Footloose/N.O., Gay Mart/N.O., Hit Parade/N.O., Oz/N.O., Something Different/N.O. Political Activist of the Year... Larry Bagneris, Roberts Batson, Mayor Marc Morial, Nancy Sharp, Jim Wiltberger
Leather Person of the Year... Scott Garret, Chris Hall, Christian K. Johnson, Carol McCarthy, Lorna Pierce
Transgender of the Year... Felecia Renee Cole, Miss Do, Jamie Gender, Rosa Miranda, TT Thompson
Lesbian of the Year... Lady Magic Necha Benoit, Pat Bergeron, Red Hanson, Carol McCarthy, Yvette Migues [Original top 5 nominee Lisa Ducre withdrew her name from nomination.]
Gay Man of the Year...Andy Boudreaux, Robin Malta, Harold Morris, Chuck Turner, David Weick
Entertainer of the Year... Barry Bareass/Oz/N.O., Lady Magic Necha Benoit/Cheers/Gretna, Clorox Bleachman/Mother Bob's/N.O., Danae Daniels/Mother Bob's/N.O., Sha'Nyia Ellis Narcisse/Wolfendale's/N.O.

In addition to the public vote awards, the Fly Fashion Awards, Cheridon Award and Marsha Delain Award of Excellence will be presented.

Alice Brady and John Dodt have been chosen to receive the 1998 Lifetime Achievement Award by the GAA Board of Directors. Both New Orleans' legends have contributed to, and in many instances led the way, for the openness and acceptance the Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender Community experiences today.

Past Lifetime Achievement Award recipients include Jimmie Callaway, Dan Fountain [Betty Buttons], the late Andy Boudreaux, the late Buzzy Fanning, Dirty Dottie, Miss Fury, Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain, Dan Romero, Miss Do, Louise McFarland and Miss Dixie Fasnacht.

The Living Room at Vieux Carre Metropolitan Community Church [VCMCC] is the beneficiary of the 1998 GAA Gala. The Living Room is a day/activity center for HIV positive adults. Last year's gala raised over $2,800 for Belle Reve.

The 1998 GAA Gala will be hosted at Body & Soul, 2300 Chartres, New Orleans on National Coming Out Day, Oct. 11th, 8pm. VIP tables with 4 seats are on sale for $100. Admission at the door is $10. For VIP tables, contact Rip Naquin-Delain at 504.522.8049. The Gay Appreciation Awards is sponsored and underwritten by Ambush Mag, AMBUSHonLINE and Budweiser. All table and door proceeds will go to The Living Room.

Last year's Entertainer of the Year Reba Douglas headlines the 12th Annual Gay Appreciation Awards Gala along with cast productions from the top 5 nominees for Show Bar of the Year. All entertainment tips will go to The Living Room.

The GAA Board of Directors include Sonny C. Cleveland-president, Toni J.P. Pizanie-vice president, Lisa Beaumann, Teryl-Lynn Foxx, Mickey Gil, Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain and Rhyn Pate.

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