Meet the Kenosha Pride 2017 Benefit Show Performers
You've seen our Queens and Kings perform, but how well do you really know them? To give us a little insight, we have asked them to give us a peek into their backgrounds and how they feel drag performers impact the LGBTQ+ community.
Saadi is a dancing extraordinaire, based from the Windy City, living in Round Lake. She has captured a number of titles over the last few years in Chicago and Wisconsin.
Miss Pride Latina 2012 (Milwaukee)
Miss Roscoes 2016
Miss Gay Southeastern Wi. USofA 2016
She will be Representing Wisconsin as 1st alt. in the national pageant Miss Gay USofA in two weeks. Saadi is all about giving back to the community in any way she can. Other than her humble personality, she is an expert in throwing hair and sass!
Symphony Alexander-Love of Cudahy, WI began performing in August, 1998. He has been a finalist in 3 major national female impersonator pageants (Miss Gay America, Miss Gay US of A and All-American Goddess at Large). He is best known throughout the community for his interviewing prowess, his professionalism and his character impersonations- Whoopi Goldberg is his absolute favorite. Born and raised in Toledo, Ohio, Symphony moved to Wisconsin 7 years ago where he served the State AIDS/HIV Program; today he manages federal grants for a non-profit dedicated to bleeding disorders. In his free time, he drives for Lyft, and performs in venues throughout the Midwest area.
Having captured nearly 40 titles, Symphony uses his titles as a platform to advance different issues facing drag queens, transgender men and women and the LGBT community. In 2007 Symphony represented his fraternity at a college-wide beauty pageant bettering more than 20 women and putting his organization on the map. Today, the Beta Omicron Chapter of Delta Lambda Phi remains an active vibrant group of men dedicated to promoting positive images and reflections of LGBT life.
At the very beginning of his career, Symphony served as a volunteer HIV/AIDS outreach worker for a program with Planned Parenthood- the HIV rate among entertainers were high and Symphony wanted to do something to make a difference. From humble beginnings, his professional career took shape; today he holds a Master's Degree in Public Health and has been fortunate to serve on different HIV/AIDS boards, advocacy organizations, and be a participant in shaping laws that affect the HIV/AIDS community. "We have to be willing to give back to the community- our lives as entertainers serve a greater purpose. We are respected, cherished, and people genuinely look up to us"
Billy Starr Roberts
As most of u know I started my performing career in 2007 winning 1st Alt. for Mr. Club Icon with no experience or knowledge as to what I was doing. I knew I was always drawn to pageants and performing my whole life, though. I love seeing the different ideas and creativeness people come up with. It wasn't until I won Mr. City of Festivals in Milwaukee in 2008 that I was getting noticed and a drag momma decided to take me under her wing; hence Billy Starr Roberts being born. She has helped shape me, mold me, and help me create me and many things throughout my career not only in my performing life, but my personal life as well. I was a lost soul with not much family or parents to turn to and I am the person I am today mostly because of most her help, so thank you mama Jazmine Roberts for being kind, generous, thoughtful, helpful, caring, and the list can go on but most of all thank you for being YOU and helping me Grow!!! I love u!!
Since then, I have competed in many pageants and performed all over the country; mainly the Midwest area, winning multiple titles:
1st Alt Mr. Club Icon 2007
Mr. City of Festivals in Milwaukee 2008
1st Alt. Mr. Gay Illinois United States 2009
Mr. Southeast WI. USofA 2010-2015
2nd Alt. Mr. Gay North America Intn'l. 2011
Mr. Gay Borderline Proud 2012
Mr. Gay Illinois Proud 2013
Mr. Club Icon 2013
Mr. Gay U.S. Proud 2014
Mr. Scandals Springfield/Indiana 2015
Mr. Kenosha Pride 2016
Mr. Fox Valley, WI. USofA 2017
I feel I help shape, mold, and inspire my community by entertaining the fans. The louder they cheer, the more I dance. I donate time, money, and energy into helping and performing in benefit shows wherever, whenever, because what we should do is come together as a whole community and family. Anyone that has low self-esteem can do it; I'm a big performer so if they see I can do it, they can do it, hence being motivational and inspirational. Looks can be deceiving don't ever let anything hold u down from success and happiness!
Your current reigning Mr. Kenosha Pride,
-Billy Starr Roberts
I have been doing drag for 13 years and I have volunteered a lot of my time to various LGBTQ+ charities throughout Wisconsin. I was Miss Kenosha Pride Inaugural and I was the host of Kenosha Pride 2016. I enjoy hosting and performing at all different venues and audiences.
I believe my drag impacts the community through laughter. I love to see people laugh and smile, even at my own expense, and I love to inspire others. I believe drag is a very important part of the LGBTQ+ community because it's part of our history. Drag performers have been there to fight for us. It's a way to create positive awareness to various charities, organizations and causes. It's a face/spokesperson/representative for everything LGBTQ+.