DeAnn M. Cox is the founder and organizer of New Jersey Gay Pride in the southern and eastern areas of the state. For over sixteen years, Jersey Gay Pride's mission has been to promote equality, respect, and awareness of causes important to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning communities.
Jersey Gay Pride is a nonprofit organization focused on helping make the world around us a better, happier place. An annual pride festival is celebrated in the historical Cooper River Park in Cherry Hill.
DeAnn is an E-Commerce Entrepreneur with five incorporated companies and has worn many hats throughout her career. Master of Management + Marketing, DeAnn has $1,000,000,000+ raised for clients. 4.5 MILLION Views (and counting) on YouTube!
In addition to being the founder of Jersey Gay Pride, DeAnn is widely known for her role as FM and Podcast Executive Producer and Co-Host of LesBe Real Radio. Her stage name is DJ Foxee Coxxy. The show aired live on Germantown Radio 92.9FM and syndicated on WXPN and 106.5FM. The rapid popularity of the show caught the attention of celebrities we all adore, like Sir Earl Toon from Kool and The Gang, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Hillary Clinton, and more.
Before graduating from Temple University with a degree in marketing, DeAnn was a full-time influencer and print and promotional model. She collectively amasses over a half million subscribers and 30 million views on Top Buzz and YouTube. DeAnn still enjoys being an influencer to her vast social media followers.
Each company allows her to travel the world, make great friends, have impressive networking, and have business opportunities. She has over 20 years of experience in fundraising, social media, market research, and administration, with a strong visual sense, excellent writing skills, and the ability to translate ideas and design concepts across all organizational levels. In her spare time, DeAnn enjoys working out, volunteering, video and board games, and spending time with her family.
DeAnn was born in Camden, NJ, and has lived throughout Southern New Jersey. She has become quite the powerhouse with features in the 6ABC, Burlington Times, Courier Post, Inquirer, WHYY, 10NBC, Philly Gay Calendar, Philly Gay News, Philadelphia Magazine, and more!
African-descent Drag King hails from East Orange, New Jersey, and resides in Philadelphia. He has taken PA by storm, winning Mr. Philadelphia Drag King 2011, Mr. Philadelphia Gay Pride 2011, being Voted Philadelphia Gay News 1st Best Drag King 2011, Mr. Philadelphia Black Gay Pride 1st Runner-Up 2012, Pittsburgh's The Aggressive-One 1st Runner-Up 2012, D.D. Mr. Divo International M.I. King 2013-2014, Mr. Pennsylvania Ultimate King, 2013-2014, Drag 411's first official winner of The Most Popular M.I. in the WORLD, Mr. Queens Empire City M.I. King 2014-2015, Mr. Gay Pennsylvania United States M.I. 2014-2015 1st Alternate, Mr. Gay Capital City United States M.I. (2015), Mr. Pennsylvania Renaissance Newcomer MI, South Jersey Gay Pride King and now dubbed King Daddio, the Forever King is also a member of the Elegance Family and the Snow Family. He established The Rasta Boi Punany Organization (2013). Rasta Boi Punany is also a sponsor/vendor and performer for Philadelphia's Annual Women of Color Family Day Picnic, Philadelphia's Annual Kwanzaa event, Philadelphia's Trans-Gender Annual Conference, South Jersey's LGBTQ Annual event, becoming the 1st King of this event, Atlantic City's Annual Coming Out Day and a volunteer for Philly Pride's Annual Gay Parade, Philly Dyke March and Lehigh Valley Pride. Rasta Boi Punany also had the 1st King's float in the history of the Philly Pride Parade (2013). He has traveled to perform shows in New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Texas, Missouri, Ohio, NYC, Brooklyn, D.C., Wisconsin, Maryland, Atlanta, and Denver (so far).
There is NO ONE like Rasta Boi Punany.
With a career spanning 41 years in the business of female impersonation, Andrea La’Mour Harrington has 56 Beauty Titles to her credit. Most recently, she was Crowned Miss All-Star National 2019. But, Andrea chose not only to show her talents on stage as a Beauty Queen; she chose a line and profession in the health field, working for the Philadelphia Health Department as an NHBS Field Coordinator. As Mother of the House of La’Mour, Andrea and her husband, Douglas Vanlue, were spot-lighted in the Philadelphia Inquirer for mentoring and caring for at-risk LGBTQ+ youth for many years. In 2019, Andrea was also featured in POZ Magazine. As an entertainer, activist, counselor, or reverend, Andrea La’Mour’s primary mission is to spread love, healing, understanding, and joy.
Terri has been actively working in the community as a local meetup organizer and event coordinator since 2009. She has volunteered her time and event organization skills as the Development Coordinator at the Mary Ann Mazanec Ovarian Cancer Foundation. Terri has effectively planned, organized, and implemented various events over the years and is excited about her role as Director of Community Engagement for Southern New Jersey LGBTQA Pride.
Damon A. Strothers was born in Philadelphia, PA, and has lived most of his life in and around his hometown of Willingboro, NJ. He graduated from Willingboro High School with honors. He went on to Johnson C. Smith University of Charlotte, NC, where he studied Music Education, emphasizing Piano and Voice in Opera and Classical genres of music. Since then, Damon has become a Social Worker for a private company in NJ that assisted citizens with developmental disabilities, a Customer Service Representative for AT&T Communications, and a Radio-Nuclear Pharmaceutical Technologist. Damon is passionate about helping his community and has many ideas to help the LLCW propel even higher.
Ron brings over 21 years of corporate experience to the organization. Ron displays a commitment to helping others. His encouraging and generous heart positively impacts the LLCW’s clients and volunteers. He is family oriented and believes that healthy families create healthy communities.
Ron resides in Freehold, NJ. He is an honors graduate from Morgan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering. As a result of his academic excellence, he was awarded the Presidential Honors Scholarship, the NASA/Morgan Engineering Scholarship, and induction into the Alpha Kappa Mu National Honor Society. Ron has received his Masters's Certification in Lean Six Sigma - Black Belt from Villanova University.
Carl Max, New York-born, Is a Female Impersonator, CEO, and Founder of Diamond Entertainment Management Co. Carl Max (born September 8th, 1969) was a self-described “humbled in every way,” elevating female impersonation from its dubious history as a glam drag act into elegant, sophisticated lip-sync entertainment. He began acting as a boy and continued performing while trying to survive, attending school, and working. When working as a Loss Prevention Investigator, he served independently in drag revues until he was given a more significant part in Female Impersonation shows threw out the United States. After that, his career took off, with stints on television and in revues, pantomimes, and nightclubs, including his own "House Of Legends," currently running in New Hope, PA. CarlMax—who always insisted that he was an actor portraying a woman—used glamorous dresses, elaborate wigs, and cheerful double entendres while impersonating famous female celebrities like Whitney Houston and Diana Ross, as well as creating his unique character CeCe Sapphire. He also appeared on the legitimate stage, in parades, and many other professional outlets. Carl received many theatrical honors and was made EOY in 2014-15.
Karen Vonsay is a multiple title holder- Miss Bob Barbaras, Miss Fancy Brigade, and Miss Philly Pride. Karen is known for her throwback performances and bubbling energy! She loves a good beat hunny, and is famous for her Tina Turner impersonations seen at Casino shows across the Tri-State area.
Ginger Alley a 6ft 3 larger than life fashion Diva Vixen. Born in Runnemede, NJ with duel residency in Collingswood, NJ and Southampton, PA. Ginger has a preternatural understanding of style and concepts of fashion. One cannot bound Ginger Alley with any stylistic stereotypes. Ginger never fails to surprise & delight with her personality, looks, and her high standards of work. Ginger drag career started in 1991 in New Hope, PA . After studying and learning the art she quickly blossomed into a fixture of the Philadelphia drag scene. She holds a few titles, the latest Miss Philadelphia 2014 and is a monthly cast member of the longest running drag show in Philadelphia at Bob n Barbara's. Ginger has been invited to perform in numerous locations including CT, NYC, DE, NJ, New Orleans and all over the state of Florida and the Keys. Ginger's work encapsulates the boundless nature of drag as the seemingly simple act of a man putting on a dress is transferred into fine art. Follow her career to experience her creative vision.
Binta M Edwards (they, them) was; although born & raised in Philadelphia in the early ’80s. Her childhood was filled with music, track practice, and hovering around her Nana’s apron tails in the kitchen, although BE had a fondness for science, the kitchen still called and soon led to a degree in Culinary Management from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. While honing her craft, the BE cultivated lasting bonds and joined the Regal & Defined Alpha Lambda Zeta Fraternity Inc. in Spring of 2010. BE maintains a firm belief in networking and reaching out.
BE has helped individuals, both young and old, get jobs in the culinary field. Binta has volunteered in several roles with organizations, including Southern New Jersey Pride, Trans Wellness Conference, and the board of elections in Philadelphia. Outside of community work, Binta is better known as Chef Binta. She has worked for several notable restaurants and catering companies before deciding that they were their best boss. BE is the proud owner of Nyuki’s Catering & Event Firm, specializing in vegan and vegetarian cuisine with a twist, staffing and array of events services while predominantly employing queer and LGBTQIA individuals.
BE has been married to Netta Edwards since 2016.
Manual "Manny" Tucker Lovett is an actor, comedian, feminist, humanitarian, and daydreamer. Manny won Mr. Philadelphia Drag King 2015. He's taking the gay rainbow by storm with political, sexy & geeky performances. Manny is ridiculous for your pleasure & entertainment.
Manny played a role in the LGBT short film "Burning Bridges".
Mr. Holmes is a business mogul from Louisiana who migrated to Philadelphia - 20 hours and 1,306 miles from his family and friends. Mr. Holmes is known for his activism in the murder of Alton Sterling, who was injustice gunned down by two police officers. Thriving in the City of Brotherly Love, Mr. Holmes wanted to continue his activism and advocacy for community development, equality, and job readiness. Today, he is the director of ally and community development. As an ally of the LGBTQ+ community, Mr. Holmes's work is dedicated to bridging gaps between partners and their communities through workshops, social affairs, and outreach.
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