Press Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Karina Samala

2015 Queen USA Pageant Scheduled

Queen of the Universe Pageant Scheduled

Los Angeles CA – The much awaited “Queen USA ” Pageant will be held on Sunday,

August 23, 2015, at the famed Arena Café at 6655 Santa Monica Boulevard in



Produced by the “Imperial Court of Los Angeles and Hollywood ”, the annual pageant

for the transgender community is a fundraiser for the Nicole Ramirez Student Scholarship


The “Queen USA” Pageant started in 2001. The winner goes on to compete in the

prestigious “Queen of the Universe” Pageant to be held in November. The pageant brings

together some of the most beautiful and talented transwomen in the country, each of

whom adopts a state to represent.

The “Queen USA” pageant has showcased the beauty, diversity, talent and intelligence of

transgender women.  The pageant serves as a venue for the LGBT community, their

allies, and the mainstream community to join together to understand the life, challenges

and struggles that transgender people face and to celebrate the triumphs and victories of

this strong and courageous community.

For the candidates, the pageant provides many benefits.  It serves to boost their

confidence, self-esteem and self worth.  Transgenders are oftentimes rejected,

marginalized and alienated in our society.  A recent study concluded that a staggering

41% of transgender people attempted suicide in their life.  It is crucial, that these

beautiful and wonderful transgender women be reminded of their true worth and dignity

as human beings. Many previous contestants and winners have gone on to pursue careers

in art, entertainment, business, healthcare and the law.

The pageant forges bonds and unity in a divided community. Through the pageants,

lifelong friendships are formed, young transgenders find mentors and find support from a

family where they are accepted and appreciated.

The pageant serves as a platform where we can bring to light our advocacies.  For a

community that is often neglected, the pageant serves as a means to deliver our message

to the public–that we may be different but deserving of equal rights and the dignity

afforded to all humans.

We respectfully request your solidarity in our vision and mission.  We hope to see you

on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at the Queen USA Pageant.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at (213) 999-0456.

In solidarity,


Karina Samala

President, The Imperial Court of Los Angeles & Hollywood