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In what has quickly become one of the most anticipated events of the year, the third annual Key West Amateur Drag Show, “Miss Island Queen” event, took place May 7 before a sold-out Key West Theater. The benefit for Samuel’s House raised over $113,000 for the local women’s and children’s shelters. 

“Our island community never ceases to amaze me,” said Samuel’s House board member and event creator/host, Kirby Myers. “Three years ago, I never imagined we would reach this level of support and love, not only for Samuel’s House, but for our drag and LGBTQIA+ community.” 

The show featured six local contestants, each paired with a professional drag queen coach, who campaigned weeks in advance to raise funds leading up to the big night. Aside from an evening of laughs and love, the highlight included a talent competition among the six contestants — ranging from live singing to acrobatic performances. Also in this year’s program, Pasion Project Studio & Dance Company kicked the night off with an electric performance, and the amazing Bria Ansara dazzled the crowd between acts.  

“Thanks also to  my co-host, Landon Bradbary, who pours his heart and soul into hosting events and supporting this community,” Myers said.

This year’s event featured Nick Doll, Haig, Liz Love, Jordan Upchurch, Loren Ament and Paul Brooks as contestants, paired with Sushi, Jessica Devereaux, Hugh Janus, Q-Mitch, Puddin’ Taine and Blu Diamond.     

A complete video of the evening can be found on Samuel’s House Facebook page @samuelshousekw or visit samuelshouse.org to support.

The Miss Island Queen amateur drag show raised the roof and $113K for Samuel’s House women’s shelter. MARK HEDDEN/Keys Weekly
Britt Myers
Britt Myers traded in a life of monetary success, a chiseled body and intellectual enlightenment for a piece of the pie of the Keys Weekly newspapers. He is also the proud parent of an incredible six-year-old and a sucker for Michael Mann movies and convenience store hot dogs.