2016 Las Vegas PRIDE Royalty

Las Vegas PRIDE Adult Royalty Titles, which are earned, not competed for in a pageant, represent countless hours of volunteering, dedication, and hard work. Applicants interested in holding a title from Las Vegas PRIDE must demonstrate their dedication to the organization before being considered a qualified candidate.

Kenneth Blake

Miss Las Vegas PRIDE 2016

Kenneth has been entertaining audiences from childhood.  Extensive vocal training afforded Kenneth the opportunity to tour the country and parts of the world before the age of 15.

Kenneth began his professional female impersonation career in 1991 and has gone on to hold the titles of Miss Gay Tucson America 1997, Miss Gay Arizona America 1998-99, Honorary Tucson Miss Gay Pride 2000, Miss Gay Western States America 2001, and Miss Gay National NCC USofA 2001.  In March of 2004, Kenneth’s longtime dream became reality when producer Nobert Alleman asked him to join his Las Vegas production An Evening at La Cage, starring Frank Marino, where he resided until its close in 2009.

You can now catch Kenneth as Madonna, Dolly Parton, Lady Gaga and performing his signature song “What Makes A Man, A Man?”, Thursday thru Monday nights at the LINQ Hotel and Casino in Frank Marino’s DIVAS Las Vegas.

Rico Ramirez

Mr. Las Vegas PRIDE 2016

Raised in Colorado and moved to Las Vegas in 2005 when he began working in the hospitality industry and volunteering with local nonprofit organizations.  As Mr. Las Vegas PRIDE, Rico hopes to help build a stronger LGBT community by connecting different nonprofit organizations together; he has volunteered with and helped support Southern Nevada Association of PRIDE, Inc., the Human Rights Campaign, The Center, Opportunity Village, Junior Achievement, Communities in Schools, the Las Vegas Rescue Mission, and Three Square.

In December 2015, Rico graduated from UNLV with his Master’s degree in Hospitality Management and married his husband, A.J. O’Reilly, in August 2014.

Rico looks forward to representing Las Vegas in a positive manner and is excited and honored to use the title of Mr. Las Vegas PRIDE 2016 to help unite the LGBT community.

Jorge Gamboa

Mr. Orgullo Las Vegas 2016

Jorge Gamboa was born in Zacatecas, Mexico; and raised by his grandparents. At a young age, Jorge came to the US, and has settled in Las Vegas for the past fourteen years.  For many years, Jorge spent volunteering in the community he loves, Entertaining is a passion for Jorge and in 2007 Jorge was honored to be named Mr. Piranha Latino.  Jorge’s second title, crowned Mr. Back Door 2011 a very popular Latin bar here in Las Vegas.

Jorge is known for his impersonations of many Latin artists. Jorge’s performances has made him a local crowd favorite, in many Latin clubs and bars. Jorge’s hobbies include dancing, acting, and working out. Jorge is a animal and nature lover.

Jorge’s goal is to unite the LGBT community and remove the lines of race and color. Being Mr. Orgullo Latino Las Vegas 2016 is a dream come true, since Jorge has always dreamed of being able to represent his Latin community with pride.