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Sunday July 13, 2008

Exclusive Photos—MISS LEZ PAGEANT 2008—Murray Hill, Chef Josie, Sia, Michael Musto And More, Including The WINNER!

Editor Linda Simpson here...  For the past seven or so years, it's been my privilege to be a judge at the Miss LEZ Pageant (formerly the Miss LES Pageant, as in Lower East Side).  Last night's event, at the Zipper Factory theater, was one of the most riotous of them all, with an insane hodgepodge of queercore, boi, shim, intersex, F to F, trans and who-knows-what contestants.  Serving as producer and host was joke-a-minute Mr. Murray Hill (pictured last night with the Pontani Sisters burlesque troupe). 

Miss LEZ Pageant Murray Hill Pontani Sisters

 

Talk about stiff competition!  All the contestants were fabulously individualistic.

Clockwise from left: Miss Wildcard (with designer Garo Sparo, who provided her stunning outfits); Miss Choice Cunts; Miss Snapshot (a.k.a. Trina Rose, who won Miss Congeniality); Miss I Love Brooklyn; Miss Victoria (with writer Sharyn Jackson); and Miss Hugz.

Miss LEZ Pageant Murray Hill Sequinete Garo Sparo  Miss LEZ Pageant Murray Hill Miss Choice Cunts

Miss LEZ Pageant Murray Hill Trina Rose  Miss LEZ Pageant Murray Hill Miss I Love Bklyn

Miss LEZ Pageant Murray Hill Miss Victoria Sharyn Jackson  Miss LEZ Pageant Murray Hill Miss Hugz

 

My distinguised fellow judges and I watched the proceedings from our exclusive VIP balcony (perched on battered folding chairs).

Clockwise from left: Chef Josie of the Bravo reality TV-show Top Chef; nightlife celeb The World Famous *BOB*; Liz Dahmen of the wacky womyn singing group the Lesbian Overtones; gossip columnist Michael Musto; Grace Moon, who edits OurChart.com; and Julie Goldman of LOGO's Big Gay Sketch Show.

Miss LEZ Pageant Murray Hill Chef Josie   Miss LEZ Pageant Murray Hill The World Famous Bob

Miss LEZ Pageant Murray Hill Liz Dahmen  Miss LEZ Pageant Murray Hill Michael Musto

Miss LEZ Pageant Murray Hill Julie Goldman Grace Moon

 

Two previous winners were in the house: last year's title-holder Elena Azzoni and 2006 champ Glenn Marla.

Miss LEZ Pageant Murray Hill Elena Azzoni  Miss LEZ Pageant Murray Hill Glenn Marla

 

Assisting Murray Hill were Lil Miss Lixx and Harley.

Miss LEZ Pageant Murray Hill Little miss licks  Miss LEZ Pageant Murray Hill Harley

 

Also on hand were artist and filmmaker Michelle Handelman; international singing sensation Sia; LOGO executive programmer Marc Leonard; John Polly, who edits the network's NewNowNext blog; and Lee Waters.

Miss LEZ Pageant Murray Hill  michelle Handelman  Miss LEZ Pageant Murray Hill Sia

Miss LEZ Pageant Murray Hill john polly marc leonard

 

As the votes were being tallied, colorful JZ Bich and N of Hyper Gender Burlesque dazzled the crowd with their go-go antics.

Miss LEZ Pageant Murray Hill Dancer  Miss LEZ Pageant Murray Hill Dancer

 

Darn that we didn't get any good pics of the drag-king performance group Switch N' Play, who provided the night's opening number.  They are dreamboats!

 

And the winner of this year's Miss LEZ Pageant is... Miss Wildcard!

Miss LEZ Pageant Murray Hill Sequinette

Hey, cheer up, honey—you won! 

Miss LEZ Pageant Murray Hill Sequinette

Miss Wildcard is also known as Sequinette, and we gotta hand it to her—she turned it out!  Her talent number—a Marie Antoinette–chicken costume–guillotine extravaganza—was nuts!

All hail the new Miss LEZ!  May her reign be filled with glamour and joy...  

 

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