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All-ages pride pageant raises funds for Lambert House
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All-ages pride pageant raises funds for Lambert House

by James Whitely - SGN Staff Writer

Nubian Pride Pageant
February 20
Rainier Valley
Cultural Center


On February 20, Nubian Pride Productions, a newly formed GLTB organization, put on its first annual Nubian Pride Pageant at the Rainier Valley Cultural Center (3515 S. Alaska St.). The pageant featured a variety of experienced and wonderful drag performers, as well as some new ones trying to find their niche.

"Showing Diversity Through Ethnicity" was the motto of the pageant, put on by Regine Dynasty, aka Mother Nubia. Regine Dynasty is also the former Mr. Gay Seattle XXXI. "It went pretty well. There were a [few] kinks, but they kind of ironed themselves out," Dynasty told SGN.

The pageant featured a variety of talented and well-known performers. There was Dynasty herself, who appeared in many different stunning dresses throughout the evening; Sir Awesome, also known as Father Nubia; Caesar, who did a very cool and original rendition of Pitbull's "Hotel Room Service"; Ms. Sierra DeLaRosa, an Empress of Portland; and Ryan Hazy.

The colorful pageant emcees, Ms. Ebony LaFace and Pookie, from Portland, spent a large portion of the night bickering back and forth and keeping the audience entertained between acts.

The most unique thing about the show pageant was that it was an all-ages drag show. Seeing shy small children tipping wild eccentric drag queens and kings brought a neat sense of something different to the show.

"I like the fact that it was all-ages, so it could be a more family-style event," Dyanasty told SGN. "I really want to incorporate the family aspect back into the community. I mean, you hear so much about Gay youth ending up out in the street - I want to bring the home back to the community.

Contestant modeled evening wear as well as performed for a talent competition. Of the five contestants, the absolutely fabulous Diamond St. James won the title of queen, and newcomer Phillip Agape won the title of king for his beautiful interpretive dance.

Each winner won an $800 prize and will be doing a promotional tour for Nubian Pride across the state.

"I started this [Nubian Pride Productions] as an outlet for drag performers who said 'there's not a lot to do,' to kind of bring drag back," said Dynasty. "Even though it says Nubian Pride, it's not just mainly focused on black culture. [You are welcome] no matter what your race is - Gay, straight, whatever."

Nubian Pride Productions is a charitable organization currently working to benefit the Lambert House and various other charities and programs designed for GLBT youth and inner-city youth.

Nubian Pride Productions is currently planning their next event, the "Moonlight Masquerade" tentatively set for June. Keep an eye on the community calendar for more details.

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