What does it mean to be Las Vegas PRIDE Royalty? The answer to that question has changed over time as both the organization and the role have evolved. Las Vegas PRIDE has records of past titleholders dating as far back as 1992, beginning with Mr. Las Vegas PRIDE 1992, Rob Schlegel and Miss Las Vegas PRIDE 1992, Alex Michaels (at the time, the title was Mr. /Miss Gay PRIDE). The program initially drew inspiration from the ball and pageant culture, holding a categorized competition and picking a winner to serve a term.
For a long run ending in 2005, Las Vegas PRIDE held a combined representative system with the Imperial Royal Sovereign Court of the Desert Empire (The Royal Court). The Royal Court conducted the pageant program, and the winners served their term as Mr. or Miss Las Vegas PRIDE.
In 2005, the title was officially changed, no longer featuring the word “Gay” to better reflect the evolving language used to describe our community. Las Vegas PRIDE also began to appoint their titleholders after implementing a system to select royalty based on volunteerism in place of pageantry. Since then, truly countless hours have been dedicated by volunteer titleholders of Las Vegas PRIDE.
In 2007, a partnership was formed with the Las Vegas Visitor and Convention Authority (LVCVA), and funds were allocated to promote Las Vegas at other Pride celebrations in the region. This group paved the way for many years of promotion and advertising programs with ongoing sponsorship from the LVCVA. Reigning titleholders traveled to other Pride events, walked in parades, and represented Las Vegas PRIDE and the community.