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About Us 


The Miss Gay Fingerlakes (MGFL) Pageantry  system is a competition that provides an opportunity for members of the LGBTQIQ community to serve as a symbol of excellence. The competition itself has a variety of components by which the contestants are judged and scored. Love, Ambition, Knowledge, Excellence, and Solidarity are the guiding principles of the MGFL Pageantry System. The MGFL system is owned and founded by Darnell L. Pierce and Anthony Vasconez, male competitors themselves. Darnell and Tony have graced the stage of many pageants and fitness competitions.


Darnell L. Pierce

Founder & Executive Director


Darnell is a native of Syracuse, New York and lived in the Finger Lakes region for five years. During his time in Geneva, Darnell worked at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and served as a board member for the Family Counseling Services of the Finger Lakes, Inc.  Full-time, Darnell is the Vice President for Business Development for a collegiate storage and moving company, Dorm Room Movers.  Darnell is also a Soldier in the United States Army National Guard. Darnell has had the pleasure of competing in pageants across the Central and Western New York regions, and Canada. 

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Aaliyah D. Martinez, MGFL 2023

Director of Pageantry

Aaliyah Martinez (Michael Zamora) has joined the Miss Gay Finger Lakes team as our Director of Pageantry. Aaliyah has an extensive stage and pageantry career. Over the past 18 years, she has served as a show director, host, media personality, and showgirl. Her accolades include Vice President of People and Operations at GLAAD, Webby Awards Host, Miss Gay United States 2018, Miss Gay Finger Lakes 2022, International Pride Emcee, Curaçao Pride Emcee, Serving on the Michigan Pride Board, Joining Chita Rivera and Itzhak Perlman on stage at Carnegie Hall, Serving as a board member for the New York City Gay Mens Chorus, and Hosting her own Live Show "Viva Aaliyah".


Rashad Ogletree

Backstage Manager

Bio Coming Soon!

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