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Jamaica-born transgender performer Mercedes Successful was fatally shot in a Florida parking lot on May 15th.

The 32 year-old (Shavon Marlon Shawn) was a well-known performer in Haines City Florida.


Successful represented her home nation in the 2014 Gay Caribbean USA pageant and was remembered as a lively, fun-loving member of her local community.


Reports state that Successful had started taking female hormone pills a month before his death to start the transitioning process.

Anyone with information regarding the death of Mercedes Successful is asked to contact the Haines City Police Department at (863) 421-3636 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 226-TIPS.



The Gay pageant aiming to bridge the gap of understanding between the Caribbean heterosexual and gay community’s, its organizers say amidst continued reports of homophobia.

Here’s what you should know:


Empress Vizcaya will present Trinidad and Tobago.

1:  The Gay Caribbean USA Pageant, now in its seventh year, is set for tomorrow, Saturday, 26th September from 8 P.M. at Restoration Plaza, Brooklyn, NY. This year’s event is dubbed The Royal Battle and organizers are bringing back former queens back to battle among themselves for the 2015 crown. The female impersonators who appear as contestants are judged under the following categories: swim wear, talent, evening wear and interview.


: Miss Lace will represent the U.S.V.I at the 2015 Gay Caribbean USA Pageant: The Royal Battle.

2: Contestants are Caribbean nationals in the US Diaspora

Contestants in the Royal Battle hail from Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana, St. Lucia, the Dominican Republic, Grenada, U.S.V.I and Trinidad & Tobago, organizers say. They insist the goal is to bridge the gap of understanding between the Heterosexual and Gay Communities. On a larger scale, contestants are also educated on issues that affect the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community within the Caribbean and in their own respective Caribbean countries. These issues include homophobia, acceptance, bigotry and health related issues including STDs, HIV and AIDS.


Victoria Vamal is Guyana’s representative.

3: Past winners of the pageant include Miss St Lucia, Miss Jamaica, Miss Trinidad and Tobago and last year’s winner, Miss Barbados.

The delegates are judged by a distinguished panel of judges in, swimwear, National costume, talent, evening gown and intelligence. Competition is fierce, as are the delegates, who are all well poised to win the coveted crown.



Theosha Iman will represent Barbados.

4: The annual event dubbed an exciting “Brooklyn Staple” is presented by Heat Wave Productions and Hemish Gervis. He lives by the philosophy that one should not become an autumn leaf because they will be blown in any direction. Hence, Gervis has pursued his dream through the establishment of his own production company. Gervis says he saw the need for a pageant which brings together Caribbean nationals within the gay Diaspora, thereby providing a forum for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered to be heard in the form of a pageant.

The aim of the pageant is to one day be integrated into the mainstream annual events within the Caribbean social circles. Gervis, hails from St Lucia and has worked extensively within the LGBT community.


Miss Ivana Black will represents the Spice Isle of Grenada.

5: Several countries in the Caribbean have anti-sodomy laws where men can face up to 25 years or even life imprisonment for having anal sex with other men. Almost half of the countries have laws that prosecute women for having same-sex relations, and at least two have immigration laws that ban gay people from entering the country. In a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Ala., six American religious groups including  Pat Robertson’s American Center for Law and Justice, the Alliance for Defending Freedom and United Family  International were cited as anti-gay Christian groups that have spread their message in some capacity — whether financially, socially or politically —  to foreign countries.

The Gay Caribbean USA Pageant has been charming the hearts of Caribbean Americans for the past seven years. In recognition of the pageant reaching its seventh anniversary, the organizers are bringing the former queens back to battle among themselves for the 2015 crown. This year’s event is dubbed The Royal Battle.

The female impersonators who appear as contestants are judged in the following categories: swim wear, talent, evening wear and interview. Over its existence, the pageant has become a Brooklyn staple that continues to grow in the Caribbean-American Diaspora.

Contestants in the Royal Battle hail from Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana, Saint Lucia, Dominican Republic, Grenada, USVI and Trinidad and Tobago.

Despite the attention that the pageant generates, the organizers remain focused on the aim of the event, which is to bridge the gap of understanding between the heterosexual and gay communities.

The 2015 Gay Caribbean USA Pageant will be held on Saturday, September 26 from 8 pm at Restoration Plaza, Brooklyn, NY. Tickets are available at or by calling 1-347-692-9428 and cost $40 in advance.


Many would find it very strange and hard to believe that Jamaica, an island where the people are known for strongly criticizing gays was the winner of a Gay Caribbean Pageant held last weekend in NYC. Now I am a Jamaican man and when my female friend told me that a Jamaican by the name of Mimi Mancini walked away with the crown after giving the crowd a FEVERISH performance in the talent arena and impersonating Lady saw, I could not believe it.
In second place was Vanessa Flowers of Guyana and also tied with St Lucia for best swimsuit,
Also Frantica Boujourles of St Lucia came in third, with contestants from Barbados and Martinique coming in fourth and fifth.
The 5 contestants all appeared in full female attire during every appearance, judging was base on talent, couture, swim wear, evening wear and interview.
Mimi Mancini of Jamaica the winner in below pic

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Comment by Bombahdrop on July 2, 2016 at 4:34pm
Amen Kat wig. That's the bottom line.
Comment by kat wig on June 3, 2016 at 11:33am
People just kill me how they think there better than people they DON'T understand JUST because you think you sin differently! We're all gonna be judged by the same God one day
Comment by Reez on June 3, 2016 at 10:51am

Just sad. Now only if the evil people in the world could get their death instead of innocent good people.

Comment by Ronsay on May 28, 2016 at 2:09am

@Rayon lmaoooooo!!!! hey ppl do you but i want nothing to do with the gay world, i was supposed to model back in the days, nope, they run that shyt!!!

Comment by Rayvon on May 27, 2016 at 10:38am
One down. On to the next one
Comment by Bombahdrop on May 26, 2016 at 10:37pm
He successfully managed to get shot. smdh,I wanna know what he do?
Comment by Shaneece on May 26, 2016 at 3:09pm
I thought the title was saying it was successfully shot dead. I get it now, its name was Mercedes Successful.
Comment by Jerome S [ Barz ] on October 2, 2015 at 12:53am
Alex Cross was a really good movie. People should have nothing to fear but fear itself, unless they have no faith in the Holy Trinity. H***/Hetero/sexuality/mortality all do freefall short of the glory. People need to win their own struggles with their fears.
Fear leads to panic, and panic leads to despair . I never followed desperate people, so I don't know what happened to them. Get over it people.
Comment by Ivan Butcher II on October 1, 2015 at 6:45pm
Comment by Joseph Richards on September 30, 2015 at 8:31pm
And if this life style doesn't change, Hell will be your doom.

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