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|PNB's first feature (below) about the Miss Gay Metropolitan Tokyo Pageant got plenty of response. And admittedly, we invited that response. We wanted to know what you thought about coverage of gay pageants, and we found out. The interchange of ideas was among the most provocative in the history of pageant journalism. And to answer the main question first, yes, we will cover gay pageants, just as we cover other pageants.|
I commend you for publishing a news piece regarding the newly crowned Miss Gay Metropolitan Tokyo. It's about time that a mainstream pageant news site featured a social event that is quite rampant among pageant lovers, especially within the gay community.
Gay pageants are not any different from "normal" pageants, since everyone involved in both pageants seeks to promote beauty, entertainment, arts, culture, diplomacy, friendship, business and a particular cause. In theory, gay pageants are far more challenging since it requires the special skill of concealing one's natural anatomy and then making it appear as that of a female body. Gay pageants offer real theatricality - with humor, drama, intrigue, exaggeration and suspense - things that are not usually found in a traditional pageant.
You should continue reporting gay pageant news for three reasons: first, the artistic component of pageant shows is predominantly controlled by gay people (I really do believe that gay men in particular are born with a highly developed sense of beauty!) Second, by mentioning gay-related news, you will be making more friends and supporters from the gay community (yes, there are pageant-loving gay millionaires!) And third, beauty comes in all forms and persuasions. I believe you have already featured beauty contests for overweight women, for married women, for short women, for "straight" men, and for grandmothers. Why start promoting discrimination by excluding gay pageants, some of whose participants look better than most of this year's Miss Universe contestants?
Keep up the good work!
Rafael Robert Delfin, creator and Webmaster
Congratulations! PNB leads the way again. You are so much braver than all those "respectable" pageant people. They wave the flag and quote the Bible in public and then gossip and trash-talk and do everything else in private.
I still don't believe homosexuality is right. I'm not being a "bigot." I just believe in what people have believed in for thousands of years. It's traditional morality. I know it's not just homosexuality, either. Morality is out the window even in pageants, people having affairs, and some of the "swimsuit" pageants are really just about nudity. Mothers with daughters know what I mean.
Throughout the years, I have greatly appreciated the informative updates that pageant.com has provided. The staff and contributors have done an excellent job since its inception. The primary focus and goal is providing pageant information, regardless of what type of pageant it may be, from coverage of the biggest pageants (Miss Universe/World), to the oldest (Miss America) and everything in between. Although I have never heard of Miss Gay Metropolitan Tokyo, it is nonetheless a pageant and therefore warrants coverage. Thank you for your continued coverage and keep up the excellent work!
I think your open-mindedness is refreshing. If you wish to cover non-traditional pageants, by all means, go for it. After all you are a NEWS site......
Thank you, PNB. It's the right thing to do.
I used to be opposed to gay pageants, [and] to gay people, I guess. Now I don't know. Sometimes it's hard to tell a man from a woman. Some of the gay men in women's clothes look more beautiful than a woman. And if all the surgeries can turn a woman into a better woman, maybe it can turn a man into a woman. I think someday they will have former men in Miss America. People won't be upset about it and maybe won't know.
I think your article on Miss Gay Metropolitan Tokyo pageant is absolutely wonderful. There are many types of pageants out there, because there are many types of people out there. And since the foundations of most pageants are about diversity, pride, education (life), achievement, experience with a touch of flair for style and fashion, the Miss Gay Metropolitan Tokyo pageant has all these ingredients, just as the Miss America, Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss Universe, Miss Black USA, Mister International, Americas Junior Miss, Miss World or even Miss Nude America pageant does.
F. Louis Acuna
Ugh!! Please quote me.
I want to preface what I'm going to write by saying that for two of the three years I competed in the Miss America system, my platform was Hate-Crime Education and Prevention. The majority of hate crimes in the U.S. are committed against gays, so I've got a particular bias.
|Since you asked... |
Your tepid acknowledgment of the existence of "drag" pageants is hardly a cause for self-congratulation. These flouncy homages to feminine glamour are nothing new, and they are far too campy to be threatening. Most female pageant competitors "adore" gay men, because they find them safe. And because gay men generally have a sense of style, while beauty queens invariably do not, they form lucrative alliances.
Homosexuality and pageants go together. I have studied psychology, and there's a strong homoerotic dimension to female beauty pageants, just as with male bodybuilding. The perfect body is the objectification of desire. In America, because of the influence of the religious right, most women do not express this openly, but lesbianism is the main dynamic that induces women to compete.
No. Please no gay news. Pageants should hold the line.
I'm an American woman, and I compete in pageants for married women. It looks to me as if gay marriage is going to be legal soon. And when women start legally marrying each other, they will have a right to compete in married women's pageants.
The title on the banner says a lot.
|PNB has never published a feature about a gay pageant winner, but we are doing so now. Frankly, we are curious about the response we will get.|
Human sexuality is a sensitive subject. It touches on people's most intimate feelings and their most strongly held cultural and religious beliefs, and sometimes feelings and beliefs are in conflict.
The pageant world, in particular, is known for being both socially conservative and gay-friendly.
|We at PNB have no agenda. We are committed to lighthearted but thoughtful coverage of the pageant world. No subject is taboo, but we want to reach the largest possible audience, and we want to stay in touch with the "mainstream." So we want your input. Should we report gay pageant news? Should we run gay pageant features? Should we avoid the subject altogether?|
You're the readers, so tell us.
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