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Meet Dessie Love-Blake, Houston's Miss Gay America winner

The Astros-loving drag queen who wouldn't quit until she won.

Dessie Love-Blake immediately after being crowned Miss Gay America in Little Rock, Arkansas in January 2024. Courtesy Dessie Love-Blake

Houston-based drag queen Dessie Love-Blake didn't attend her first drag show until she was 30 years old. Now, she's been crowned Miss Gay America, the first Houstonian to hold the title since 1985's winner Naomi Sims.

Miss Gay America is the oldest drag pageant in the United States, founded in 1972. Soon, Love-Blake will embark on a six-month tour, visiting close to 30 cities for preliminary pageants that feed into the finale in Little Rock, Arkansas, next January. Before all that, though, she's taken a moment to speak to Chron about her drag life, her long road to the crown, and her love of Astros baseball.

In the early 2010s, Ron Kerr, who lives in Pasadena, was teaching radiology physics and bowling in a queer league. The very first time he dressed in drag was as a lark, for his bowling league's charity fundraiser. It was soon after that his alter-ego, Dessie Love-Blake, was born.


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