The reigning queen of the Miss’d America pageant, the LGBT spoof of Miss America, will relinquish her crown to a new winner on Sept. 26 as contestants from across the country descend on Atlantic City.
The pageant has been held in recent years at Boardwalk Hall, Harrah’s Resort and House of Blues at Showboat Casino Hotel since first returning to Atlantic City in 2010. Organizers announced Thursday night at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort that the 2015 show has a new venue: the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa.
“We’re really excited to have the pageant at the Borgata,” said Borgata senior vice president Joe Lupo. “A facet we’ve been missing is the Miss’d America pageant and we’re excited to support LGBT.”
Hosting the pageant ties into Borgata’s new “OUT at Borgata,” campaign, which supports its LGBT visitors and local organizations. The hotel partnered with the Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance and the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association.
Pageant founders John Schultz and Gary Hill, Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance president Richard Helfant and Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian were all in attendance Thursday night for the announcement.
Current Miss’d America winner Honey Davenport said she will perform at the new LGBT nightclub, Club 11, before she steps down. The drag queen, who is James Heath-Clark of Philadelphia, helps celebrate the club’s grand opening at the Claridge Hotel tonight.
“Moving forward in the next 25 years, we’ll be moving to the next level,” she said of the pageant on Thursday.
Television personality Carson Kressley, of "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" and "How To Look Good Naked," will return to host this year’s show.
Since its inception in 1994, the Miss’d America pageant has raised over $280,000 for local LGBT charities and organizations. Tickets for the 2015 event go on sale on June 6, with prices ranging from $65 to $100.