The brutal unsolved murder of the 2012 winner Miss Britney Boudashious too has affected the interest, a fact that escaped me until the matter was discussed, there has been some psychological fallout as friends of the winning diva still are down and maybe see the competition/show as intimidating and a reminder of Britney as memories seem to be fresh in the minds of prospective entrants.
Another reason posed for the postponement of the show is costs as the show ages it has to become more flamboyant and pristine in order to keep interest especially from older party goers and supporters, I have been with the show since 2005 when the previous competing package Miss GLABCOM was discontinued in 2004 for similar reasons of costs and low uptake. Then the mistrust issues towards the organisers became apparent as it was a part of targeted interventions of Jamaica AIDS Support and was run by former Programs Manager now residing overseas Gareth Henry, when the then Steering Committee of GLABCOM wanted to continue the thrust they were turned down and during my tenure on the committee as well 2007 – 2010 we were advised not to pursue it as both a fundraiser and community development work but as usual there has always been some impatience or disinterest in that kind of work especially with the lower socio-economic classes and privileged LGBT advocates.
Dancehall Queen as well has been off and on for some years and last year there was no event in that regard, the loss of Club Heavens as well the cornerstone for LGBT entertainment post Club Entourage (Brian Williamson) closure in Kingston that outfit has also never got any support from more middle class LGBTians who turn their noses on such events at times, a trend that has disturbed me for years. I would hate to see the last dispensation of Miss LGBT World simply fade into nothingness with no support from the powers that be, I would have thought that HIV prevention (where all the thrust seems to be as we are doomed to get AIDS in the minds of some) strategies would benefit from more involvement or are we just for testing and condom distribution to make up numbers and reports for funders’ reports?
There is a hive of talent in the young divas, some make their own dresses, can perform very well and some of these activities can be cathartic in terms of whatever issues they may have and serve as a distraction if for a night to see themselves as accepted and feel such as well, take Tiana Miller for example who won both Dancehall Queen in 2008 and Miss World in 2009 who is now the leading Transgender voice taking over from Laura Garcia for a while, then the outfit was run by the legendary Macey Antibellum Grey and the Balenciaga family the franchise was shifted to Coutoure Elements in 2010/1 then after their closure it was returned to Macey et al then to Cookie Balenciaga since until now. There have been some benefits for the winners or runner-ups apart from cash prizes some have gotten scholarships, opportunities to travel to other shows in the Caribbean and so on, I think this franchise must be kept alive and Miss Balenciaga says she is trying for another year with some new thrust.
I am looking forward to seeing the staple return and I hope I do not have to see another needed outlet go down, Miss Glamour Girl as well was a short lived franchise in 2010 that also saw Tiana Miller winning that title as well making her the only person to win across the board the competition franchises; the Glamour Girl franchise also had Macey and the late Patrick Welsh as organizers, the latter passed the same year and was posthumously awarded an LGBT Oscar award; speaking of Oscars that too has been quiet for some time since 2012 and the Grammy in 2012 as well.
Awards shows on the LGBT circuit seems to be on a lull overall and the complaints from some patrons are that the events have a hetero-normative feel to them as drag culture seems stifled or waiting for something as one longtimer puts it.
Mek we wait and see nuh
Club Heavens The Rebirth, the last time she reopened prior to the police raid that led to her doors now closed or the audio post done then:
FORMER MISS LGBT WORLD ON BEING TRANSGENDER IN JAMAICA
Peace and tolerance