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another unique experience
by g. michael gallien

Volume 15/Issue 26

The holiday season is upon us and "festive" seems to be the theme. The powers that be in Central Louisiana have been working overtime on various projects to enhance the quality of life of the gay community in our area. Tim Bordelon, Unique Bar owner, has had his hands full. This is a testament to the overwhelming success of our new location and Tim's hard work and sense of vision. I can't believe we were ever concerned about the new building being too big. The crowd seems to grow with every new weekend and each successive weekend brings in a noticeable quantity of new faces. Tim's and his staff's dedication to our community is apparent. Rather than sit back and be happy with what has already been accomplished, energies are still being invested in what has yet to be done.

The advertisements in the mainstream media for our drag shows has proven that our pride in ourselves and our well represented presence in the community at large can build bridges that haven't existed before. There has been no negative backlash whatsoever. To the contrary, the talk about town (not just in the queer circles) has been positive. We have been experiencing support from surpassing sources and we seem to be adding a little glitz and funkiness that has long been needed here. We offer thanks to the performers who have been instrumental in helping to build up the quality of entertainment for our area. And thanks again for spreading the news about how much everyone has enjoyed performing at Unique.

Our most recent extravaganza showcased the talents of Raquel Chevallier, Miss Delta States, who deserves big kudos for placing so well at Miss Gay America. Raquel finished 6th out of 63 contestants. Congrats are in order as well for Miss Gay Louisiana America, Sylvia Scarlett, and MGLA 1st Alternate, Jessica Daniels. Sylvia was honored with the "Best Newcomer Award". Finishing only 3 points from the top 10, Sylvia placed historically higher than any other performer on their first try for the crown in the 25 year history of the pageant, with the exception of one entertainer who won the title on her first attempt. Patrons of drag know what an accomplishment this is considering most queens will win only after 3 or 4 attempts.

Jessica Daniels of New Orleans competed fiercely, beating out 40- odd contestants, many of whom have made the bid for the crown before. This is a very strong finish for someone as young as Jessica, especially on her initial bid. We are proud to have had both Sylvia and Jessica reign as former Miss Uniques and we expect both of them to go all the way. (As usual!)

Jessica Performed with Raquel here on December 13 along with Jennifer Jason Hart of Lake Charles, Savannah Leigh of Lafayette, and the newly crowned Miss Greater Alexandria, Shannon Lee.

For those of you into more masculine pursuits, Muscles in Mo- tion of Houston set the house on fire on December 19 and should be returning in the near future. Stay tuned for future booking dates.

Carly Deville, coordinator for the GLTB support group at LSU-A, and I have been speaking recently trying to stay abreast of the ongoing community affairs that are in the works. Look for more information in the next few issues of Ambush concerning the development of a local gay community theater, a steering committee for gay community affairs, and the formation of a local Krewe.

This and so much more is happening. Info packs are currently being mailed to potential contestants for the Miss Central Louisiana America Pageant, an official preliminary to Miss Gay Louisiana America. This preliminary awards more to the winning queen than any other current preliminary to MGLA. Call 318.448.0555 for details. You can also visit us on our new Website at or e-mail us at

Until next time. Stay safe and happy.

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