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Contestants being sought for Mr. Ms. & Miss Gay Black San Diego pageant

SAN DIEGO -- The annual Mr. Ms. & Miss Gay Black San Diego Pageant has been scheduled for Sunday, May 13, at 7 pm.

The event will benefit The Benjamin F. Dillingham III Community Grant, which offers financial assistance to individuals in the community that are in need.

Contestants are currently being sought. Hosted by the Imperial Court de San Diego’s Empress 38 Regina Styles, contestants will compete in three categories:

• Casual/swim wear

• Evening wear

• Talent

Winners will be crowned at the close of the evening, after being judged by a panel of community members who will serve as judges.

The evening will also include entertainment from former Miss Gay Black San Diego winners, including Norma (1976); Lexus Penduves (1996); Gigi Masters (1999); Cassandra Marie Stahl (2000); and Greta Ashley Davis (2004).

The event was created to empower the LGBT Black community while raising funds for those in need.

The Benjamin F. Dillingham III Community Grant was established in 2000, and is a program of the Imperial Court de San Diego. The grant has awarded over $75,000 in financial assistance, making a difference to many in San Diego’s LGBT community.

The grant has provided financial assistance for medical expenses and burial expenses, including a 12-year-old boy whose family had no money to bury their son.

The Mr./Ms./Miss Gay Black San Diego Pageant will take place at Numbers Nightclub, 3811 Park Blvd. in Hillcrest.

A donation of $7 will be requested at the door.

For more information, contact Regina Styles at empress38sd@yahoo.com.