Established in 2021, the BG PRIDE Pageant System provides opportunities for community service
as an avenue to elevate the importance and positive impact of drag in our region.
The BG Pride Pageant System was established in 2021 with the introduction of the Miss BG Pride Pageant, created by Pageant Producer/Director Christopher H. Cherry to offer local pageant opportunities for regional drag entertainers and to provide opportunities for community service and an avenue to elevate the importance and impact of drag in the South Central KY region.
In 2022, the Pageant System expanded with the introduction of the Mr. BG Pride Pageant to reign with the Queen. The concurrent pageants continue annually, and the system may continue to expand in the future.
Echoing concepts of the national PRIDE movement, to promote the power of togetherness and recognize our collective impact, the Pageant System theme is "Unity in the Community!"
As a community service program, the Title Holders of the BG Pride Pageant System compete with a platform concerning social or cultural issues. During their reign, Title Holders complete community service projects and/or produce community events to bring awareness, education and support for their platforms.
Scroll down for details about current and past BG Pride Pageant System community service projects, community events and other BG Pride Court Initiatives.
BG FuZion proudly hosts the annual BG PRIDE Pageant, featuring:
Mr. BG Pride 2022 - T.B. Sparrow - Inaugural BG Pride King
Miss BG Pride 2022 - Zoe Zahara
Bowling Green's King and Queen of Pride reign supreme from
October 1, 2022 - October 7, 2023.
As community service ambassadors, both T.B. and Zoe are committed to achieving goals that address their platforms:
T.B. Sparrow - Mentoring Youth & Supporting Youth Initiatives
Zoe Zahara - Connecting Community to Social & Support Services
Check back here for updates on their efforts to make a positive impact on our community.
For more information, contact Pageant Producer/Director Christopher H. Cherry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MR. BG PRIDE 2022
MISS BG PRIDE 2022
Jasmine St. James
502 College Street
Bowling Green, KY 42101
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Zoe Zahara was crowned Miss BG PRIDE on October 1, 2022.
She competed on a platform of connecting community to services.
After her experiences helping survivors of conversion therapy during her time as 1st Alternate to Miss BG Pride 2021, Zoe saw the lack of community knowledge of and access to various services available to LGBTQIA+ persons.
Zoe is dedicated to helping educate our community about and connect people to available services. She has identified a set of special days and initiatives for which she wishes to increase awareness and support through a variety of personal challenges, activities, events and public service announcements.
Knowledge is power! Your Miss BG Pride 2022 wants to empower you by encouraging you to know your status and get an HIV test!
By partnering with Bowling Green's local HIV/AIDS clinic, Zoe demonstrated how quick and easy it is to get tested. She recorded a FaceBook Live Video from door-to-done in under 10 minutes! See the video on FaceBook on Zoe Zahara's page or at this link:
Zoe hopes each of you will get your test this season.
811 Fairview Avenue
Bowling Green, KY 42101
T.B. Sparrow was crowned as the Inaugural Mr. BG PRIDE on October 1, 2022.
He competed on a platform of Mentoring Youth & Supporting Youth Initiatives.
T.B. is excited about upcoming youth initiatives as his research and outreach phase is coming to a close.
Starting in January, T.B. will be meeting with local LGBTQIA+ youth planning committee to produce the 2nd Annual Community Pride Prom!
T.B. will also continue meeting with youth groups and serving as a youth mentor and speaker.
Queen Venus Knight opened her reign to include
the full Pride Court for the Pageant System's Inaugural year.
Scroll down for details about the accomplishments of each 2021 Pride Court Member.
Queen Venus Knight reigned from October 2, 2021 - October 1, 2022.
She competed on a platform of Community Unity.
She continues to support and advise the pageant system.
As the first-ever Title Holder of the BG Pride Pageant System, Queen Venus served as an example for future Title Holders to follow. With her considerable pageant experience and past success, she helped establish policies, procedures, protocols, expectations, duties and behaviors of the Title Holders. She helped create the Title Holder Contract and ensured the pageant process is contestant-friendly.
Echoing the pageant theme, Queen Venus ran on a platform of Community Unity. She committed to serving as a representative of our community, to opening her reign to include all the members of the Inaugural Pride Court, and to make this honor be an active position that can truly make a positive impact on our community. Below are the ways she fulfilled her promise and achieved her goals.
Queen Venus committed to serving as a representative of our community. During her reign, she was interviewed by media and news outlets about LGBTQIA+ issues and events. She attended meetings for the BG Pride Festival. She met with and reached out to various government and civic leaders to bring awareness to our community's beliefs and values. Now as a former Miss BG Pride, Queen Venus Knight continues to support and advise the BG PRIDE Pageant System and to represent the system, the LGBTQIA+ community and our greater community at large.
In an unprecedented move, Queen Venus opened her reign as the Inaugural Miss BG Pride to include all the members of her Pride Court and their platforms. She encouraged each Pride Court member to spearhead an initiative that focused on their platform.
By including and promoting the full Pride Court, Queen Venus inspired others to follow their hearts, provided opportunities for leadership and development, and encouraged others to follow through with creating unique services to our community. This demonstration of selflessness, generosity and willingness to share the spotlight allowed the Pride Court to expand its outreach to the community.
As a result, Bowling Green saw it's first-ever Community Business Meeting for Drag Performers & Producers and the first-ever Pride Prom for local youth. Confidentially, those struggling with the effects of conversion therapy were given support and referrals to services focused on their unique needs.
Scroll down to see the full accomplishments of the 2021 Miss BG Pride Court and their impact on our community.
Throughout her reign, Queen Venus continued to highlight and promote the works and initiatives of other LGBTQIA+ groups and services. She shared and promoted their events on social media, participated in community events and drives, and continued to promote others.
Her support for and participation in SOKY Magic helped expand their outreach to our community. She encouraged and mentored rising regional performers and facilitated their getting bookings or pageant entries. She supported and promoted other local performers and groups.
Leading by example, Queen Venus constantly put the spotlight of the Crown on those around her.
During her reign, Venus continually worked to promote unity in the community in the face of adversity, jealousy, and judgement.
She steadfastly stood by those who were excluded and cast aside, choosing instead to welcome-in the outcast. She served as mediator for those who needed help resolving conflicts. She directly confronted bullying in our community and demanded accountability.
She addressed the community at large publicly and in groups, calling for unity and for us to support one another.
During her reign as the Inaugural Miss BG Pride 2021, Queen Venus Knight, made considerable financial contributions, donations and sponsorships to various community groups, initiatives and organizations.
She sponsored the SOKY Magic Basketball team to help them attend their first national tournament. She sponsored holiday dinners for local families. She sponsored BG FuZion and its host non-profit organization Xclaim, Inc. She sponsored all her Pride Court's community events and covered the costs for all of them.
Queen Venus was motivated to support the BG Pride Pageant System financially and was dedicated to contributing to the Miss BG Pride Pageant. She covered the cost of the crown, sponsored the cost of pageant entertainment, and reimbursed each contestant for their entry fees!
These donations and sponsorships are noteworthy alone, but Queen Venus Knight's greatest financial contributions came not from personal donations, but from her community fundraising efforts detailed below.
The true mark of the reign of Queen Venus Knight is the acceptance and support shown to her from the community. A true leader must get the community to follow them, and Queen Venus achieved this status. No initiative demonstrates that more than her incredibly successful community relief efforts mid-reign.
When Bowling Green was hit by a devastating tornado in December 2021, Venus joined many others providing direct relief and support for storm victims. She then spearheaded a massive relief effort, even interviewing in Queer Kentucky Magazine to spread the word.
Her collaboration with Kerry Pogue at TKO resulted in over $5,000 cash raised for relief! Venus gave most of that money to the Jennings Creek Elem. School Family Resource Center and empowered their staff to provide direct relief to the hardest hit families in our community.
With personal contributions and donations from more than 200 other people, Venus collected almost $10,000 worth of cash and brand-new goods & services! More impressively, she personally delivered those items to more than 100 families in our community!
Venus also sponsored tornado relief victims to participate in summer youth performance camps.
Queen Venus Knight's achievements and contributions to the Bowling Green community during her reign are noteworthy on their own, but more so because her work came from the heart and an honest desire to help community.
The community saw her heart, followed her leadership and were ready to welcome and embrace the next Title Holders at her step-down - this is her legacy: establishing the significance of the BG Pride Pageant System as a community service program that truly represents our region.
Everything she has accomplished this year is a reflection of her heart and person and values, but also it reflects the Crown, the Title and the very mission of the BG Pride Pageant System.
The community is grateful to Queen Venus Knight for standing up for what is right, leading us with integrity, demonstrating unwavering dedication, and for representing us with dignity and Pride!
1st Alternate to Miss BG Pride. Zoe ran on a platform of ending conversion therapy in Kentucky, being a survivor.
2nd Alternate to Miss BG Pride. Telishis ran on a platform of representing our community's "forgotten" and under-represented.
The BG Pride Miss Congeniality! ChaNel ran on a platform of increasing inclusivity for LGBTQIA+ African-American youth.
Respecting confidentiality, Zoe partnered with existing social services and referred survivors of conversion therapy with sensitivity!
To encourage openness and collaboration, Telishis moderated the 1st Community Meeting for drag performers & producers!
To ensure inclusivity and a safe space for LGBTQIA+ youth and supporters, ChaNel produced the 1st Bowling Green Pride Prom!
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Want to know what's happening in the drag world in the Bowling Green community? Find out at the first ever community meeting
for local drag performers, directors,
producers and promoters only!
Get updates about plans and events from:
The 2021 Miss BG Pride Court
The Illusions of Bowling Green
Alter Egos at the Dollhouse
All local performers will have the opportunity
to present themselves and their goals to the community & connect directly with producers!
Connect with community, network with other performers, and enjoy fellowship!
All attendees are asked to contribute
$3 for pizza and sodas.
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The 2021 Miss BG Pride Court and BG FuZion present the first-ever BG PRIDE PROM!
Dedicated to creating a safe, fun environment for ALL, this event ensures inclusivity for LGBTQIA+ individuals and supporters!
Drinks, finger-foods & desserts provided!
Music and dancing from DJ Gorg!
With performances from:
2021 Miss BG Pride Queen Venus Knight
2021 Miss Congeniality ChaNel Eclipse
Friday, May 20 at 6:30-10:00pm
Bowling Green Country Club
251 Beech Bend Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42101
This is a drug and alcohol-free event!
Gia Hall was the first person to produce live drag in a public venue in Bowling Green, KY. In recognition of this achievement and in honor & appreciation for over 30 years of leadership, dedication and pride, Gia Hall ws awarded the Crown & Title of BG Pride Emeritus. She continues to support and advise the pageant.