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In May I was fortunate to capture the title of Mr Gay Missouri America.  It is surreal to speak this in to the world, and I am forever grateful for the love, the support, and the respect shown to capturing my dream.  I have been a part of the Mr. Gay America system since it's return to national presence in 2017, and to now compete for the title of Mr Gay America is perhaps the most humbling experience to date in my life.  I will assemble a team that will ensure I am able to express my authentic self.  I am excited to share this adventure with the other gentlemen competing for the title and celebrate male lead entertainers across the country.



This category allows contestants the opportunity to engage with the judging panel selected in a professional setting.  During this timed connection, contestants introduce themselves, and are acclimated to the judging panel on a more personal level, while being evaluated for appearance, and answer content.

Contestants are given up to seven minutes on stage to showcase their abilities to entertain the audience, without the use of liquids, fire, or live animals.  Contestants often choose ballads, theatrical performances, routines with choreography, or even live performance.  Absolutely no tipping of contestants may be done during their performance.

Red Carpet Fashion

On Stage Question

As the music turns up, this is the chance for gentlemen to pose for up to 90 seconds for the judging panel to see what they can present on stage for a classier appearance.  There is modeling, and showcasing garment selection that compliments their figure.

This thrilling part of the contest is a chance for contestants to answer a posed question on stage for the judges to evaluate public speaking ability, and content in the moment.  This can be an intense moment for contestants, so the audience is particularly silent to allow the contestants to focus on their answer delivery.


My Story...Up to This Moment.

Growing up in rural Missouri, I always had a passion for performance.  In school I was actively part of choir and theatre, and emphasized my creative talents within publications.  After graduating from a rural high school (Peculiar, MO), I found myself professionally working in sales.
In 2011 I began to explore my passion for stage performance, and within a year was on stage performing as a female impersonator.  While I appreciated the art and aesthetic, I found myself creatively embraced to the experiences behind the scene, the creative side of concocting beautiful advertising visuals, and administratively operating the back stage with set lists, lineups, and managing a Tuesday night karaoke experience for nearly a year.  I told myself something that I share with others to this day, "Find value in what you bring to the community of artists, not only on the stage, but off as well.  Your legacy will appreciate you more"  

By 2013 I began a visual design business, consulting with regional entertainers, and hit it big time in 2016, gaining a creative partnership with a client, that has invited me to return year after year to creatively consult with the Miss Gay America pageant.  I was enthralled, and soon after plans were made to bring back the All-American brand as Mr. Gay America.  For 3 years I was able to consult with male lead entertainers, and found myself entranced by the challenge of entertaining as you are, without hiding behind the makeup, wigs, padding, and beyond that are needed to successfully pull off a female illusion in so many instances.

After working as a promoter, a dresser, as part of a talent ensemble, as well as serving as a brand advisor and consultant to the longest running pageant in female impersonation history, I am ready to showcase my authentic self, my story on the national stage of Mr. Gay America.
It is my sincere wish that gentlemen all over the country will look at this moment, and understand that coming as you are can be enough, that the journey is never about the win, it's about the adventure along the way.

Meet The Team



Mad Angel Entertainment - Rob Mansman & Michael Dutzer     
Made for A Queen - Lucinda Holliday
Pop Culture Sculptures - Peyton Westfall & Darren Huffman
Belt Brothers Mercantile - Rene Appell 
Thomas Hall Productions - Thomas Hall
Gael's Public House - Derrick Bachamn and staff
Sidekicks Saloon - Robert "Buddy" Taylor and staff
Missie B's - Michael Burns, Jan Allen and staff
Deejers Design

Thank You.

                                                        Dan James
                                                                              Your Mr. Gay Missouri America 2023

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