Miss Gay D.C. Kirby Kolby is crowned Miss Gay America in Columbus, Ohio, last month. (Robert York)

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.”