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Miss Gay and Miss Transsexual Australia is an annual beauty pageant held in Melbourne, Victoria. The event is the biggest and most prestigious beauty pageant in Australia for female impersonators/transvestites/drag queen performers and transgender women.
The pageant was founded in 2009 and has been staged in Melbourne since 2010 by Melbourne non-profit group Victorian Secrets Promotions headed by event promoter Gayzha Davao.
Miss Gay and Miss Transsexual Australia is a major event of Melbourne’s annual Midsumma Festival, which celebrates the arts and culture of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, intersex and queer community. Each year, contestants take part in the festival’s events prior to and after the pageant, including Midsumma Carnival and Pride March. Contestants also march in the annual Australia Day Street Parade in Melbourne.
The pageant aims to raise awareness and promote acceptance and positive images of female impersonators/drag queens and transgender women. It operates on a model similar to a traditional beauty pageant for women except that every contestant must be born male.
The spectacular three-hour stage show comprises two competitions: Miss Gay Australia; and Miss Transsexual Australia.
Miss Gay Australia promotes female impersonation as an art form through performance. It showcases a contestant’s talent, skills and ability to create a credible female onstage persona. Contestants must not have had any aesthetic or transgender surgery. Competitors may sing, dance or do comedy, although lip-sync is the most popular act.
Miss Transsexual Australia aims to promote visibility of transgender women and build awareness of transgender rights. Contestants can be pre- or post-operative transgender. The focus is not just on outer but inner beauty. A top prize is cosmetic surgery for the winner. The competition has attracted considerable media and community attention.
Both competitions judged contestants on their costume, talent (Miss Gay Australia), swim wear (Miss Transsexual Australia) and evening wear. The top three contestants in both pageants proceed to a question and answer.
The winners receive cash and other sponsor prizes. For the first time in 2015, contestants represented and promoted a charity or platform of their choice. Winners donated a portion of their prize money to their chosen charity or platform.
In 2016, Miss Gay and Miss Transsexual Australia organisers generated controversy as well as widespread international local, state, national and global media attention for offering free gender reassigment surgery in a hospital in Thailand as a major prize for the winner of Miss Transsexual Australia 2016.
Since its launch, Miss Gay and Miss Transsexual Australia has grown from strength to strength as a result of the growing and ongoing support from volunteers, patrons, sponsors, the community, and from increasing media coverage at local, state, national and international levels.
The pageant has also kick-started the careers of many winners and former contestants who have blossomed into trailblazers and leaders in such fields as entertainment, business, healthcare and professional services. ‘Miss Gay Australia’ and ‘Miss Transsexual Australia’ are registered trademarks of Victorian Secrets Promotions.
All proceeds from the pageant are donated to the winners as cash prizes. The current titleholders are: Honey Montana (Miss Gay Australia 2016) from Melbourne; and Andrea Jaca Smith (Miss Transsexual Australia 2016), also from Melbourne. Both winners were crowned at The Substation in Newport, Victoria on January 30, 2016.
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2015 MISS GAY & MISS TRANSSEXUAL AUSTRALIA PAGEANT
A Go-West Event during the Midsumma Festival
The 2015 Miss Gay & Miss Transsexual Australia has grown from an alternative talent and beauty pageant that was originally geared towards Awareness for Better Understanding & Acceptance of the Trans* community … towards Extending our hearts and minds to each candidates’ chosen Advocacy or Charity … thus bringing awareness from the Self towards “Helping Others”. Because we believe that through the pageant we can contribute towards building a better world !!!
2014 MISS GAY & MISS TRANSSEXUAL AUTRALIA BEAUTY PAGEANT
The Victorian Secrets Promotions is organising for the fifth time the “Miss Gay & Miss Transsexual – Australia Beauty Pageant”, an official event of the Midsumma Festival in Melbourne.
This will be held on February 1, 2014, Saturday from 6 pm onwards, at the Function Centre of Yarraville Community Club, 135 Stephen Street, Yarraville, Victoria.
The theme for this year’s pageant is “Dreams & Fantasy”, which aims to highlight creativity and diversity of culture among the candidates.
Miss Gay & Miss Transsexual Australia started as an annual alternative beauty pageant for gay men, cross dressers, drag queens and, transsexuals.
The pageant which started with humble beginnings in 2009 has since grown in proportion and presence not only in Victoria but interstate, and now has worldwide recognition in the pageant world.
Crowing the first ever Miss Gay and Miss Transsexual Australia in 2010, the pageant has drawn media attention and has been featured in the Age and local papers.
This competition embraces diversity in the LGBTI community and provides a safe space to showcase their talents and personality to the general audience. It now sees more nation-wide representatives and winners from past years have gained exposure from the pageant as they were given opportunities to perform in the many popular clubs in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. Some are now established personalities, fashion models and performers. These winners have also been given much exposure in their respective local, national and international media.
Mission & Objectives:
The pageant’s ultimate mission is to “promote awareness for better understanding and acceptance of the LGBTI community”.
The general objectives of this event are as follows:
• To present a well organized and friendly pageant competition for cross dresser, drag queens, transgender and transsexual in Australia and around the world
• To provide a stronger platform for the candidates and participants to express their creativity and talent to a wider audience, and launch their careers.
• To build connections, friendship and support mechanism within the growing community.
• To support the annual gay celebrations of the Midsumma Festival and Pride March in Melbourne.