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posted Friday, June 4, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 22
Jetta Mae Lexington Lane talks about La Feme Glamafique
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Jetta Mae Lexington Lane talks about La Feme Glamafique

by Anthony Greer - SGN Contributing Writer

Jetta Mae Lexington Lane, Miss Gay Seattle XLVI, sat down with SGN earlier this week to talk about her first fundraiser during her year-long reign. The La Feme Glamafique benefit will be held at the Gary Manuel Aveda Institute on Sunday, June 5.

Anthony Greer: Tell us about the benefit.

Jetta Mae: The benefit was something that came from the idea of doing a talent show. The school that I go to does a benefit every year for Lifelong AIDS Alliance. Gary of Gary Manuel was very involved with Lifelong from the beginning, so when I approached J'keren [James] about the benefit, this grew from it.

Greer: Who is the benefit for?

Jetta Mae: The Imperial Sovereign Court of Seattle scholarship fund and the Lifelong AIDS Alliance.

Greer: What is the Court of Seattle scholarship fund?

Jetta Mae: It's a scholarship fund that was designed years ago with the Court of Seattle. A lot of the courts were designed to raise money. The scholarship is given out once a year. I think they go to two recipients. As long as you're enrolled in school, you're eligible.

Greer: What kind of event will this be?

Jetta Mae: It's going to be an all-ages event. I want to introduce drag performance to people who have never seen a drag show, raise awareness of Lifelong, and bring a lot of the drag benefits out of a bar and toward a mainstream community.

Greer: Who will be performing?

Jetta Mae: So far we've got nine different performers scheduled to do numbers: Delorean Snow, Fendi, Gaysha Starr, Alexa Manila, Brooklyn Bradshaw, Magnolia Crawford, myself, Isaac Scott, Robbie Turner from Julia's, and also a couple of other surprises.

Greer: When and where will this take place?

Jetta Mae: It's going to be at the Aveda Institute on June 5. The doors will open at 6 p.m., and the show runs from 7 to 9. General admission will be $15, $10 for students, and anyone under the age of 10 gets in for $6. We agreed that 100% of the proceeds go to charity. There's also going to be a raffle, and Fuse donated all of the refreshments.

Greer: Why did you choose the Aveda Institute as your venue?

Jetta Mae: I am currently enrolled there. The people at Aveda been so warm and accepting of me and my position in the community, and it just seemed to meld perfectly with the school and my private life. They've donated the space, the posters & pretty much everything. Anything that I ask for they've pretty much given to me. The space is also a very open space. By day it looks like a salon, but for the event, all of the stations will be rolled away. The space can comfortably fit 300 people.

Greer: You mentioned a raffle earlier. What sort of things can be won?

Jetta Mae: So far we have some bags from Aveda, and Julia's is donating two packets for a dinner for two and two VIP tickets for the show.

Greer: If anything, what do you think makes this event stand out from other benefits and drag shows?

Jetta Mae: It's a new thing to include all ages, and the fact that, as far as I know, it's never been held outside of a bar unless it's a coronation. Part of my goal has been to get this out of the bar.

Greer: So I take it that you'd like to incorporate a lot of youth into this event?

Jetta Mae: When I ran for Miss Gay Seattle, my platform was education and children. I wanted to be a positive role model for the Transgendered community, and also for all of the kids in my life. I have kids in my life ranging from 2 to 19. They're very accepting of me and I wanted to prove to them that you can do anything you set you mind to at any age.

Greer: You certainly seem like the kind of woman that would like kids.

Jetta Mae: I am.

Greer: So let's talk about Miss Gay Seattle itself. What does the title entail, and who is usually crowned?

Jetta Mae: The title of Miss Gay Seattle has been held by many different kinds of female impersonators. I believe that the title has been held by a couple of Transgendered people in the past as well. The title of Miss Gay Seattle has been going on for 46 years. Some of the past Miss Gay Seattles have been a part of my life and they mean a lot to me. They do a lot of charitable work and represent our city at pride and as a whole. It was set up to just be a way to represent our city in a positive way and to be spearheading charities. So far I've visited other cities and pageants to help promote and speak. I also plan on going to other charities and benefits come summertime.

Greer: How does it feel to be Miss Gay Seattle?

Jetta Mae: To me it's kind of bittersweet. I've known a few past queens who are no longer here. It's being part of a sisterhood that has deep historical value & to be looked upon as a positive role model for people is very humbling. Anybody who looks at me, such as a young drag queen or a young Trans person, I want to be a role model to somehow.

Greer: Are you excited for the event?

Jetta Mae: I'm really, really excited. Myself, J'keren, and the dean of our school will be hosting throughout the evening. It's a big build-up for something that's going to be a really simple show. I'm taking a bar show and making it kind of mainstream.

Greer: Well, Jetta, thank you for your time and for agreeing to sit down with me. I look forward to seeing the show.

Jetta Mae: Thank you! I'm looking forward to it, too.

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