On this midst of all this SB43 bullshit, we by some means missed that the Miss Homosexual America pageant — or the “world’s first, longest-running, and most prestigious” drag competitors — has been taking place beneath our noses at Robinson Heart for the previous two days. The occasion began on Tuesday however continues by means of Friday, Jan. 20. You possibly can nonetheless get tickets to tonight and tomorrow’s performances, each at 7 p.m., which can function the ultimate crowning of Miss Homosexual America 2023.
Miss Homosexual America and Arkansas have an extended historical past. Little Rock’s Norman Jones, who runs Triniti and Discovery nightclubs, was the primary winner of Miss Homosexual America in 1972 and gained possession of the pageant from 1974 by means of 2008, when he retired. This 12 months would be the tenth time Arkansas has performed host to Miss Homosexual America, together with final 12 months, the fiftieth anniversary.
Michael Dutzer, the pageant’s present proprietor, testified to lawmakers on the Capitol this morning in opposition to SB43, a invoice that will define drag show performances as “adult-oriented businesses,” and in addition seemingly target transgender people for merely current.
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