July 10, 2013 | by Steve Charing
Gay Maryland fundraiser at The Quest
Araya Sparxx, Anastacia Amor, Miss Gay America, Miss Gay Maryland, drag, pageant, gay news, Washington Blade

Miss Gay Maryland America winner Araya Sparxx (left) with runner up Anastacia Amor. (Photo by Daniel McGarrity/Daniel McGarrity Photography)

Money will be raised for Mr. and Miss Gay Maryland U.S., the newest official national preliminary in Maryland, this Saturday. The event will feature local drag performers, a 50-50 raffle, a bake sale, cherry bombs and an open bar and will take place at The Quest, 3607 Fleet St.

Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show beginning at 8:45 p.m. Admission is $5.

Though the Maryland arm is new, the Gay U.S. Pageantry system has been in existence for nearly a decade.

“The Gay United States Pageantry System was originally founded out of Roanoke Virginia by Tim Clark and Dale Thomason in 2004,” the organization’s website reads, “hosting the pageant at The Legendary ‘The Park’ of which both owned.”

“To this day The Gay United States Pageantry System strives to provide some of the highest quality in Gay, Lesbian and Trans entertainment thru [sic] pageantry nationwide.”

From the contest web page:

This is a great opportunity for all who want to compete in the talented world, of the artform, of female impersonation…. we welcome all to register for a grand opportunity in reaching your goals!

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