By Christian Diane
My 80th Column
Can you believe the drama with the Miss Pittsburgh Public Access TV Pageant? It didn’t come from John or any of the contestants. It was a long day of hurry up and wait. All four contestants were prompt and professional all day. The film director was over an hour late which held up taping.
I was very pleased with all 4 contestants. They are Jewel Alexander Sage, Lady Ashley Gilbert La Rocca, Miss Keystone Alliance 2012-2013, Vita Opulence and Mona Lottsinbed. Everyone got along and there was no problems on stage or backstage. Again, thank you for giving your very best to this first time event.
I wish to thank the 5 judges for their time, energy, and willingness to do this. We had Philip Bayush of Phil Remembers When in the KA/GN, Kat- Miss Seduction, the 2 Divas of Gaylife Television David Stanton, Owner, and David Shields, Producer and host and last but not least important, a very special thank you to Pittsburgh Mayoral candidate and head judge, A.J. Richardson.
Thank you to producers John DeBartola and Brian T. World. You have given me a wonderful opportunity to shine and help the GLBT community. All proceeds will go to the Trevor Project. Thank you to Chris Potter, editor and writer, of the Pittsburgh City Paper. I was glad to see the article on the Trevor Project on April 24th. Link enclosed:http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/helping-out-trevor-project-offers-hope-to-teens-struggling-for-lgbt-acceptance/Content?oid=1642923. Too bad it was buried on page 14. It was a wonderful vindication for the “Dragged Down” bull shit.
There was only one problem all day. It was near the end of the day of shooting. Abruptly, Chris Rose had to leave without saying goodbye except to one person with the excuse his mom was extremely sick and needed him. By the way, how is your mom doing? There was no mention of this on your facebook page.
It was discovered that the hard drive and patch cord had been stolen from the control room. It contained most of the TV pageant on it. Chris Rose did not respond to texts and phone calls about this matter. In fact, the phone was turned off to “save the battery”. His one phone was used all day to tape even when asked not to do it. In the future, there will be no recording allowed during any tv tapings.
It took him over 4 hours to get home due to the Squirrel Hill Tunnel being closed. He did have time to buy new contact lenses even though Mom was extremely sick. He denied any knowledge of theft.
SURPRISE! The TV studio has surveillance cameras installed throughout the facility. On Monday, the police checked them out and it showed Chris Rose stealing the hard drive but first looking around to see if anyone was watching. We were all concentrating on taping the 4 separate crowning so no one know who won.
Then the excuses started. I was in an amnesiac coma. I took too many pills and over medicated myself. The Waynonna Juggs defense. I died and had to be brought back to life so you can’t file charges against me. The hard drive went thru the washer and dryer. This all cause me to have a seizure and throw up Cheerios. Ipecac or a lap band will do the same trip. It was excuse after another.
Chris Rose did return the hard drive and, when confronted, the patch cord days later. Talk about “All About Eve”. He has tried to worm his way into the KA/GN and it’s shows. Well, you won’t be with us at Pride. Maybe, someone else will allow you to march with them. Of course, an apology on face book. “I’m sorry” hardly seems like enough for all the pain you caused to us all. All I can say, “A Rose by any other name would still be a lying pice of shit”.
The Johnstown Pride Show went off without a hitch. I could not believe it. There was no problems, no drama, no bull shit. It was another successful KA/GN event. I wish to thank all involved with the show from the entertainers to the DJ and most importantly all those who showed up and supported the 3rd Annual Johnstown Pride Celebration. It is so nice to have Philip Bayush help MC the show. It takes the pressure off me. Also, thank you to Eric for all you do. The Holiday Inn Downtown Johnstown did its usual superior job with set up. The food was to die for and then some. All I heard was compliments and no complaints.
Tuesday, May 21st is election day in Pittsburgh for mayor. I am urging all friends and fans in the Greater Pittsburgh area to vote for A.J. Richardson. He has vowed to clean up Pittsburgh for our future generations. I met the man, his wife, and one of his three sons. I was very impressed with his personal beliefs and thoughts for the future. To learn more before the election go towww.voteajrichardson.com and www.mountsinai7thday.com. He is the only one running who is not a career politician. I do believe he will fulfill his campaign promise if elected.
I can’t wait until June with the “Spirit of the Alliance Awards” and Pittsburgh’s Pride Parade. I am thrilled to be participating in another Pride Celebration. Everyone and anyone is invited to march with us on Sunday, June 16th. We have so much to be proud of this year. Rhode Island, Delaware and Minnesota are the 10th, 11th and 12th states to pass gay marriage.
Now, on to what I am not proud of this year. The Boy Scouts of America will permit gay scouts but not gay scout leaders. Shame on you! We are not pedophiles as some right wing conservatives would claim and we do not recruit. I, already, have my toaster over and upgrade to microwave.
I am not happy with the threats and warnings being made to and about us over the Miss Pittsburgh Public Access TV Pageant. We have been told to stick to politics. Not to do drag shows in Pittsburgh. Stay in Johnstown, you are not wanted or welcomed. This advice is coming from people who have shows between 12 and 20-30 people in attendance. We have anywhere from 150 to usually 200 up to almost 300 people at our shows. I have received threats of violence to death over the past 5 years. I’m still here growing stronger with each passing threat and more determined to succeed. That which does not kill us, makes us stronger.
Isn’t it ironic that the one thing the Trevor Project advocates is anti-bullying? Here we are, in 2013, being pushed and bullied by members of the GLBT community. We stressed that it does get better. It doesn’t always get better for some. The bullies change. The fact that it comes from within the GLBT community makes it many times worse. We should know better. Shame on all of us. I have learned not to take it anymore. Maybe, that is what we should advocate. You have to learn to stand up for yourself and face your fears. The bullies only control you when you let them intimidate and belittle you. Don’t give up.
On June 9th, I will be 55 years old. I will be officially a card carrying AARP senior citizen. I am happy to be the “Grandmother of all Drag”. Thank you, Auntie M. I have no big plans to celebrate. I do wish I could have some cosmetic procedures though. I am noticing things are sagging a little more then they use to do. I am proud not to have any botox or whatever else injected into my face. I don’t look plastic or simian-like. I have heard I get uglier with each show I do. Thank you, Chris Rose. I think of myself as a fine wine. I have improved with age and wisdom. I welcome all and every comment to be addressed to me at Christian’s Debate, email@example.com, in care of the KA/GN.
Before I forget, I want to thank all those who voted in the Reader’s Choice Awards. Thank you so much for giving me “Humanitarian of the Year”. Congratulations to my successor, Miss Gaylife Newsletter 2013-2014, Thea Trix.
Best of luck to the new Miss Laurel Highlands, Lady Rose Amore. I will see you at Pride to offer my congratulations.
Hugs and Kisses,
Miss Keystone Alliance Eternal
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