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Posted at 07:00 PM ET, 11/14/2011

Miss Gay D.C. Kirby Kolby crowned Miss Gay America

Miss Gay D.C. Kirby Kolby is crowned Miss Gay America in Columbus, Ohio, last month. (Robert York)
Washington, don’t be troubled that your Miss Gay D.C. Kirby Kolby actually lives in Raleigh, N.C. Border-hopping is an accepted practice in the pageant world, and we’re lucky he brought his talents here: With his crowning last month in Columbus, Ohio, as Miss Gay America, Kolby (born: Mark Smith) became the third D.C. contestant in four years to win the national title.

The professional drag queen, 41, had a homecoming of sorts Saturday at Ziegfield’s in Southwest, lip-synching Rihanna and Whitney songs. He had competed at Miss Gay America five times in his 20s, but “I figured it wasn’t ever going to happen for me so I took an 11-year break.” How’d he win it this time? “I had a whole different outlook,” he told us. “It wasn’t just for me. It was an opportunity to go around the country and inspire other people.”

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