May 1, 2013 at 2:00 pm EDT | by Steve Charing
Miss Gay Maryland America crowned
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Miss Gay Maryland America winner Araya Sparxx (left) with runner up Anastacia Amor. (Photo by Daniel McGarrity/Daniel McGarrity Photography)

It was a night of entertainment, energy and emotion as the 2013 Miss Gay Maryland America was crowned at the Club Hippo on April 22. Araya Sparxx, a resident of Hagerstown, won the title, and Anastacia Amor, who hails from Baltimore, was the first alternate. Both will travel to St. Louis, Mo., October 9-13 to compete against other winners throughout the U.S. for the title Miss Gay America 2014.

Araya Sparxx, who is a professional actor, show producer and hotel manager, was elated but also reflective.

“When I was crowned on Monday, the thoughts running through my mind were endless,” she told the Blade. “Things like, ‘oh my gosh this is really happening to me; I wish my mother was still alive and with me to see and share in this happiness.’”

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