A Tribute to Brandy Alexander
Today is a sad day for so many in North Carolina. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we have learned of the passing of a true legend in our state, Brandy Alexander. Von Entertainment and the Miss Gay NC America sisterhood would like to extend our deepest condolences to the many lives that Brandy has touched. We would also like to offer our sincerest gratitude to the many people who have reached out to Brandy in her final days with gestures of love and appreciation. We want you all to know that she was able to recieve your gestures and that it filled her with love as she prepared to leave this life. Brandy knew just what she meant to all of us and how much we valued her in our lives.
A true pioneer in both the LGBT and the female impersonation communities, Brandy was the light that not only started many of our traditions and standards, but also worked to maintain them over the course of many decades. With pageantry, Brandy was the first ever to be crowned Miss Gay NC America and she was also the first to be crowned Miss Gay NC USofA. These titles are arguably still the most revered in our state today.
As the years went on from her reigns in these titles, Brandy continued to return to our pageant to perform, judge, mentor, and participate in any way she could to keep the dream alive for others who aspired to hold these accolades. Even up until recent years, Brandy would host her own private cocktail party for all of the contestants competing for Miss Gay NC America. She wanted them to enjoy the pageant and to build bonds of sisterhood that would last a lifetime.
Brandy owned and operated the Friends Lounge in Jacksonville, NC for many years. It was there that she provided a safe and fun place for members of the LGBT community to gather and enjoy themselves. She kept the art of female impersonation strong in her venue as she invited talents from many places across our state to perform and compete. She also owned and operated a city prelim to our pageant in this bar, the Miss Gay Jacksonville America Pageant.
In her own artistic illusionism, Brandy's style was not confined to any particular medium. She was just as willing to come out and perform a lovely ballad as she would a comedy routine or a popular number of the time. She would do any of these with the same enthusiam and professionalism. She was an all around stellar entertainer.
Brandy chose to be known as Brandy by people from all walks of life. She stood strong in who she was, thus creating a sense of security and surety for others who wanted the same for themselves, but may have endured the same struggles that she did. She did all of this through times where being herself was much more difficult than it may be in current times. We thank her for these efforts. Yes, she did it her way and we can all learn from her examples.
Brandy, you will be deeply missed and we promise to keep your memory alive. Now, it's time for the heavens to open up and recieve a one of a kind legend and a beautiful soul. Until we meet again, rest in heavenly peace, our dear sister.
Forever In Our Hearts... Brandy Alexander