Overheard in Tampa Bay: Pageant season is among us!

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Bangkx takes ASAP crown
Performer Ashley Bangkx was crowned Miss ASAP 2015 at Blur Nightclub in Dunedin, becoming the 10th impersonator to claim the title in as many years. The pageant featured three local performers from Tampa Bay and four former title holders were either at the judges table or performing special numbers throughout the night. Outgoing Miss ASAP 2014 Monica Moore served as emcee for the evening and pointed out that everything she wore was red—in honor of the AIDS Ribbon. One outfit—a sparkling red pants suit, could be made into the iconic ribbon, she explained, after standing with her legs slightly apart and her hands clasped above her head. Bangkx will begin her reign as Miss ASAP immediately and will be at the organization’s fundraisers, like AIDS Walk Tampa Bay, Dining Out for Life and the Santa Speedo Run.

Atwell shows support on wedding day
Upon first glance, one would have thought that the two women embracing and laughing were getting ready to tie the knot on the morning of Jan. 6 in Sarasota. But upon closer inspection, it turned out to be Sarasota Pride chairperson Cindy Barnes and Sarasota City Commissioner Suzanne Atwell celebrating the historic day. Atwell has been a long-time supporter of LGBT equality and initiatives in Sarasota and a personal friend to Barnes. Atwell has appeared at Sarasota Pride every year it’s been at JD Hamel Park and also makes it a point to appear at other LGBT events and festivals like the Harvey Milk Festival in May. Atwell could be overheard telling Barnes, “I wouldn’t miss this. We’ve worked so hard to achieve this day.” Thank you, Commissioner. We couldn’t have done it without advocates like you.

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Miss ASAP 2015 Pageant

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The 10th annual Miss ASAP Pageant was held inside Blur Nightclub in downtown Dunedin on Jan. 11 where Ashley Bangkx walked away with the crown.

Four former Miss ASAPs attended the pageant as well and three performed.

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Monica Moore takes the 2014 Miss ASAP crown

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The Annual Miss ASAP Pageant packed Hemingway’s Restaurant within the Flamingo Resort on April 6 as four contestants vied for the coveted title. But it was Monica Moore who walked away with the crown after a nearly three-hour display of pageantry, talent, special entertainment and raffles.

The night was emceed by ASAP’s own Jay Aller, and Miss ASAP 2013 Anjila Cavalier sang live during her final number as the title holder and proudly pinned this year’s crown on Moore at the end of the night.

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Miss ASAP

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Miss ASAP 2013 Pageant at Flamingo Resort, St. Petersburg on April 7, 2013. Photos by Steve Blanchard.

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