Pop superstar Lady Gaga has been crowned the first ever honorary Miss Gay America by pageant owners Michael Dutzer and Rob Mansman.
“We love Gaga for all she’s done for the LGBTQ community,” they said.
“Especially our youth, so we thought this would be a great way to honour her for championing self-acceptance, diversity and the beauty in everyone’s mirror.”
The superstar was handed her crown backstage before her Joanne World Tour concert in Philadelphia on 10 September, and was also presented with a $5,000 donation to her Born This Way Foundation.
When informed that she was not only the first ever honorary Miss Gay America, but also the first without a penis, Gaga joked: “How do you know I don’t have a penis?”
Started in Nashville in 1972, Miss Gay America is the world’s first – and longest-running – female impersonator competition.
Miss Gay America 2018 takes place from 4 – 7 October, where 40 contestants will compete for the crown.