Just hours after the cancellation of Miss Gay America 2021, Darryl Newmann owner of Miss Gay USofA Newcomer makes a statement regarding his National Pageant that has not changed from its original date.
“Demetrius and I have chatted previously about this and we are in agreement that right now it is too soon to make a decision. That being said, we are fully prepared, if necessary, to either postpone or cancel it entirely for the year, if that is what is determined to be in everyone’s best interest, based on how long the Nation remains, for all intents and purposes, shut down while in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Miss Gay USofA Newcomer is scheduled for August 3rd through 6th in Dallas, Texas
Read the statement below:
I have received numerous calls, texts and messages from lots of folks (Promoters, contestants & fans of the System) regarding when an official announcement will be made regarding the status of our 2020 National Pageant, which remains scheduled for August 3rd through 6th.
Demetrius and I have chatted previously about this and we are in agreement that right now it is too soon to make a decision. That being said, we are fully prepared, if necessary, to either postpone or cancel it entirely for the year, if that is what is determined to be in everyone’s best interest, based on how long the Nation remains, for all intents and purposes, shut down while in the grip of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We realize that as of right now, we are unable to qualify any more contestants at State and Regional preliminaries. We also know that the contestants who have already qualified to go to Nationals this year have probably had to cease their preparations for the pageant due to businesses closing, people being furloughed from their jobs or having their wages cut, the shelter at home orders, etc.
We don’t know how long the current situation that our Nation is enduring will continue. Therefore, making a decision at this time does not seem to be the most prudent thing to do. Obviously, if the current situation extends longer than expected, that may prompt us to issue another statement sooner than later.
Once the CDC and our elected officials agree that the immediate threat of COVID-19 has subsided and the spread of the disease has been slowed or contained, restrictions currently in place across the Nation will be gradually lifted, businesses will be allowed to reopen and people will be able to return to work. But no one currently knows (or can even provide an educated guess) as to how far into the future that is going to be. Then, from that point, I personally figure it will take a minimum of 60-90 days for people to return to somewhat of a “normal” routine.
So, what does this mean? It means that deep in my heart, I am beginning to doubt that our National Pageant is still going be able to happen as scheduled during the first week in August. However, I’m not sure at this point whether the most prudent thing to do is to postpone it and reschedule it for some time in the future or to simply cancel the 2020 event completely. It’s just too early to tell, based on the current status of our Nation. Once we are able to make a decision that will be in everyone’s best interest, it will be made and officially announced. Any rules that will need to be changed or temporarily amended to support such a decision will also be done and announced at that time. Thank you for your patience and understanding.