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Local Drag Performers Crowned with ‘Virginia Pride’ Titles

Judges named local drag artists Celestia Cox as Miss Virginia Pride, Keante Armon Black as Mr. Virginia Pride and Javon Love as Mx. Virginia Pride in front of a packed crowd at Godfrey’s in downtown Richmond.
 

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Virginia is home to new drag royalty following the Virginia Pride Pageant on Sunday.
 
Judges named local drag artists Celestia Cox as Miss Virginia Pride, Keante Armon Black as Mr. Virginia Pride and Javon Love as Mx. Virginia Pride in front of a packed crowd at Godfrey’s in downtown Richmond.
 
The Mx. Virginia Pride category is awarded to individuals who identify as non-binary.
 
The Virginia Pride Pageant has taken place for more than 25 years.
 
Contestants were scored across presentation, evening wear and talent categories, and their commitment to community service.
 
“Virginia’s drag community is incredibly talented, creative and generous,” said James Millner, Virginia Pride director. “These exceptional entertainers use their artistry to support numerous causes and raise thousands of dollars to support local nonprofits each year. We were thrilled to honor and celebrate the performers during this year’s Virginia Pride Pageant.”
 
The winners of Miss, Mr. and Mx. Pride will appear at Virginia Pride events throughout the year, including PrideFest on Sept. 14.
 
The Virginia Pride Pageant was emceed by “Richmond’s LGBTQ mayor” Alvion Arnell Davenport.
 
“Drag has a deep and rich history in the Richmond region,” said Davenport. “Drag is beautiful and extends beyond entertainment. This art is the embodiment of activism, empowerment and philanthropy.”
 
Davenport is the current Miss Continental Plus winner. She is the first Virginia-based drag queen to receive the global title.
 
Godfrey’s donated space and staff time to support the Virginia Pride Pageant. The event raised more than $2,000 for Virginia Pride.

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