I was asked back in May to be one of the panel of judges for the inaugural London based Miss Trans Global pageant.
One of the things y’all don’t know about me, but probably should have guessed from my coverage of the Miss International Queen and mainstream cisgender ones like Miss USA and Miss Universe on this blog is that I love pageants, especially the trans ones.
And yeah, I have been honored to be asked to judge a few of them back in the day.
When Sahhara laid out her vision about Miss Trans Global, it spoke to me because I have always felt that the interview portion of pageants should be more heavily weighted in the scoring than talent,and evening gown.
I also loved the fact that it is a trans feminine conceived, led and run project, with the three member Miss Trans Global leadership team having pageant and show business experience..
Also important to me is that the scoring and judging system that has been set up for Miss Trans Global will be one that is fair and transparent for the contestants.
Transparency and fairness at times has been a challenging concept for many trans pageant systems including Miss International Queen.
But back to talking about my major beef with many trans pageants besides fair and impeccably scrupulous judging.
It does you no good as a pageant owner or organizer to have a gorgeous pageant queen who looks stunning in a gown, has talent, but has subpar oratory skills and is clueless as hell when it comes to current events going on outside of Pageant World .
A trans pageant contestant whether they like it or not, once they put on that sash and crown, is seen by elements of society as a representation of the trans community.
Heavily weighing the interview portion is something that occurs with the Mr and Miss Black Trans International pageantthat happens during the week long Black Trans Advocacy Conference (BTAC).
The reason it happens is because in large part the BTIPS pageant winners become the spokespersons and faces of our org for the next year of their reign..
So what’s Miss Trans Global? It is an international online pageant for trans and gender nonconforming people 18 and up from all backgrounds to raise awareness on transgender and LGB issues around the world. Most importantly to me, unlike the Thai based Miss International Queen one, Miss Trans Global has a diverse group of judges. .
So yes, a trans pageant queen needs to be more than a pretty face. She also needs to be a woman with substance. It’s why I eagerly jumped at the chance when asked to be named to this year’s international panel of judges for this inaugural Miss Trans Global pageant/.
The Miss Trans Global Pageant has 18 contestants from four continents, Africa, Asia, North and South America competing. The pageant is running online from July 1-30, with the crowning of the winner to take place on August 1.
You interested peeps also get a say on which one of our contestants makes it to our Top 15, semifinal and final rounds. For your vote to count,, you must like the Miss Trans Global Facebook page before choosing your fave contestants
So handle your business. Check out the contestants on your favorite social media platform and then vote for your faves.
Check out The Queen’s Speech preliminary part of this pageant in which all the contestants submitted videos that discussed what they would do if they were honored with the Miss Trans Global crown.
Looking forward to finding out along with all of you peeps worldwide who will be the inaugural winner of the Miss Trans Global virtual trans pageant.
You’re also about to find out what I have known for years. Trans is not only beautiful, but we have some intelligent, classy and talented women in our ranks.,