The 2013 Miss’d America competition will be held at 8 p.m. (Saturday) at the House of the Blues at Showboat Casino Hotel. This year’s event, which has a circus theme, is presented by the Greater Atlantic City Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Alliance and the Schultz-Hill Scholarship Foundation.
The event draws female and celebrity impersonators from throughout the country to compete in a night designed for fun and to raise money for local charitable organizations, Miss’d America co-founder Gary Hill said.
“It’s a different kind of venue and show,” Hill said. “It’s a lot of fun and has a lot of energy. It works with the Do AC (promotion) of having something different in Atlantic City during the off- season.”
During Miss’d America’s early years, there were rumors that the Miss America Organization — then led by local attorney Leonard C. Horn — was considering legal action to prevent the drag show from taking place, or at the very least force it to find another name.
Cross-dressing gay men poking good-natured fun at the gold standard of beauty pageants? On the very same day that pictures and television footage of the newly crowned real queen were being printed and aired?
Not in their backyard.
But some attorneys said that little apostrophe probably made a big difference in creating enough of a separation between the names that the public wasn’t likely to confuse them.