Crowns, Gowns and Dreams for a Community….

I was standing in a small room after they all left with my campaign manager feeling like I had just gotten kicked in the stomach.  I thought I had prepared myself for that moment – but I realize now nothing could really prepare you quite enough. I turned and faced the wall and felt numb.  George came up and tried to comfort me and talked to me about what we had done, what we had accomplished as a team.  After some tears, hugs and some pushing we walked out of the small room and on to continue the rest of our lives……..

This is what happened two weeks ago.  I have been taking the time to absorb and watch the people around me these last few weeks.  I have experienced some additional upsets – the loss of a relationship, the loss of a loved one to complications of HIV and just a very hectic schedule at work.  But I can say that I feel stronger now then I ever have before.  There are times and even whole days that I feel I am falling apart and then I look around me and I see what has been built.

When I set out almost two months ago to try to become the next Grand Duchess of San Francisco I did it because I believed in an organization, but more importantly for the community it serves.  George Langford, my campaign manager, and I never lost sight of the community…..toward the end of the campaign we even began chanting – “Live, Laugh, Love – Community”.  I was not worried about the crown – I wanted to serve the community…..

The fantastic George Langford and myself

And serving the community is exactly what I will do!  I will continue raising money for organizations that need help.  I am currently working on a project for The Trevor Project (the country’s leading organization trying to prevent teen suicide).  I am also working on many other individual projects with the Haus of Coxxx that everyone will see coming soon.

I am proud!!!  I am proud of what came of this.  I don’t know that it could have worked out any better.  I gained respect. I gained one of the best friends I have had in my life.  I was able to watch the Haus of Coxxx grow stronger and more unified!  I gained LOVE – the greatest of all – I LOVE our community and the people in it and I will do everything in my power to help people in need.

I may not have gotten a crown – but I got soooo much more!


  1. tasithoughts Said:

    I have never been prouder to be part of your campaign. It was a journey for me too and just the beginning of the great things to accomplish ahead. I am soooo proud of you, my dear friend.


  2. Verna M. Smith Said:

    I am so proud of you, and what you have done and continue to do! Many might say, “How can you support him?” But I say, “he is my child, this is what he has chosen to do in life, and he is giving of himself to others” how can I not support him???? You have learned the art of makeup, and costuming, which are not easy to do. But, more than that, you were BORN with the innate ability to ACT & SING, and those gifts are not easily found! You have taken those gifts and chosen to use them to help others in many ways.

    I watched you grow during this campaign, and saw how Ana Mae became more than a “character” trying to win what I might call a beauty competition, to someone who seeks to serve others and care more for them than he does for himself. I watched you give and give, until I thought you might not have any more to give, but with the Lord’s help, you just continued to give. You gave not just until the announcement was made, and you were not crowned Grand Duchess, but you have continued to give, and now you are looking for more ways to give some more. Wow!

    I could not be any prouder of you than if you had become President of the United States. You are an awesome person, and I feel extremely privileged to be your mother and I LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF MY HEART!!!!

  3. Carlos Medal Said:

    Hi Anna Mae,
    Wow, you really had a lot happening. First let me say that you will always be in my eyes a very special person who loves Children, our community and all the organizations involved helping charities and people in need. Please always remember that many people love you and many respect you (including myself). I hope that you still believe in the SF Ducal organization as we are truly an organization trying to help the community and others. I can say that we were very excited & honored that you decided to run for Grand Duchess. I am also excited that you are taking a task with the Trevor Project, so please keep my informed what you are doing. Crown or no crown, you are a big part of this city and our community and people follow you. You have a big heart and people see that. Keep up the great work. Hugs!

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