Miss Gay Arkansas Newsletter

Sinclair Says...

Hello Arkansas!

  Let me first offer apologies for the delay in releasing a newsletter. The first few months of my reign as Miss Gay Arkansas America have been busy but also nothing short of amazing! I have been privileged to meet new people, deepen existing connections, and just begin to scratch the surface of the talent and beauty the Arkansas LGBTQIA+ community has to offer. 


I just finished competing at the 50th Anniversary Miss Gay America Pageant in January. It was wonderful to see the pageant return to Arkansas, as Little Rock was home to the pageant for 30 years when Norma Kristie was the national promoter. Speaking of Norma Kristie… I would like to congratulate him on his 50th Anniversary as the first Miss Gay America. I was honored to do his makeup for the final night of the pageant, and it was wonderful to see the audience so excited to honor him, the other Forever MGAs, and the contestants. We could all feel the love and support from the crowd. Competing at Miss Gay America and representing Arkansas was really a special opportunity. I made new connections and found a sisterhood in the other contestants. We all had a wonderful time and really enjoyed getting to know one another. I also want to tell my team how proud I am of each and every one of them. Nobody goes through this experience alone so THANK YOU to everyone who helped me! Dancers, dressers, sponsors, supporters, family, and friends make this whole experience possible. At the end of the competition I achieved my personal goal of placing in the Top 10. I also want to extend my congratulations to Dextaci on her capturing the crown! You are proof that dreams do come true if you believe in yourself and never give up! 


Now that the MGA pageant is behind us, it is time to hit the ground RUNNING to get ready for the 50th Anniversary Miss Gay Arkansas America Pageant! I am beyond excited to see who will be competing for the 50th crown. We are still finalizing details, but we know Miss Gay Arkansas 2022 will take place August 12th and 13th in Little Rock. 


We are looking to finalize our city preliminary schedule soon. If you are interested in promoting a city preliminary, please reach out to us ASAP! City prelims not only give contestants a chance to get early feedback prior to competing at the state level, they also allow you to highlight and promote your city/region of the state. Promoters are the backbone of this pageant system, and we believe our city promoters here in Arkansas are truly the best. If you’re new to promoting we would love to welcome you to the MGAR family! You can contact Norman, Jordan, or myself and we will be happy to answer your questions and get you set up. 


To those entertainers who wish to compete for Miss Gay Arkansas: Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me! I would love to talk to you about your ideas and help you find a prelim so you can get your ticket to state. 


To the community at large I want to sincerely thank you! Miss Gay Arkansas America is about representing the community and you have all been so welcoming and supportive of me. Your continued support of MGAR is the reason this pageant has been able to reach this golden anniversary.


I look forward to seeing you soon!


Athena Sinclair

Miss Gay Arkansas America 2021