Candidates for Empress XV
Madison S. Gardens
Madison S Gardens started her drag career four years ago when then Empress X Olivia Gardens wanted to do a duet. And now four years later Madison is ready to take on an even bigger adventure by running for Empress XV. When Madison isn’t fundraising for ICOA she can be found surrounded by greyhounds while volunteering with Racing Home Greyhound Adoption.
The Imperial Court and the community that comes with it, is close to Madison’s heart and she looks forward to continuing to fundraise for those in need whether it’s an animal charity, a feeding program or helping those who have no place to go.
Nikki Knowles, also known as Gina Cramp, strutted her way into the Phoenix community in 2001. Coming from a rich heritage of vocalists in the gospel music industry, it wasn’t long until she put on a dress and pumps, and hit valley stages.
In 2001, Nikki entered and won Barbra Seville’s Search for Signs of New Talent in the Universe at Pookie’s Café, and only a few months later she was given her own show at the legendary Wink’s Cabaret. For almost 20 years, she has maintained her showgirl status in the valley performing and hosting at countless venues.
Nikki comes from a family whose livelihood was to minister and be of service to those in need, so it wasn’t a surprise when in 2015 she became the promoter of the Miss C7 Pride pageant, a preliminary to Miss Phoenix Pride. It was a creative way to be more involved in the community, and applying her personal and professional skills Nikki ran the prelim for two years, each time helping her contestants raise $2,000 for the Phoenix Pride Scholarship fund.
When Emperor Eddie Broadway and Empress Tyra Marie of Reign XIII of the Imperial Court of Arizona were selecting their line members, they knew Nikki would make a great Lady to the Court, and over a year she helped them raise over $61,000 for nonprofits across the valley. At Coronation XIV she was awarded the Broadway Marie Newcomer Award in recognition of her contributions to their reign. In 2019, Nikki was appointed Princess Royale Reign XIV of the Imperial Court of Arizona by Emperor Kristofer V. Lee and Empress Anita Togo Box, and under their leadership she has helped organize events that have raised close to $48,000, assisting community members in need and especially focusing on the most marginalized among us.
Nikki knows her calling in life, and feels it is her duty as a member of the Phoenix LGBTQ community to stand up and devote her time to the service of others. With her experience, drive, and focus, on helping those in need, Nikki is ready for the challenge of serving as Empress XV.
Candidates for Emperor XV
Carrington Hall-Dubois, aka Daniel Eckstrom, has been an active member of the Arizona LGBTQ community for 15 years. In 2014 he was the top fundraiser for Dancing with the Bars, a local event that raised money for diverse non-profits in the Valley. He was inducted into the Echo Magazine Hall of Fame in 2016, and in 2018 stepped onto the stage as a performer for the first time and was crowned Mister Phoenix Pride. In the year that followed he helped raise a record $47,000 for the Phoenix Pride Scholarship fund.
He is also known in Arizona and beyond as the promoter of the Miss Gay Arizona America and Miss Gay Western States America pageants, a system he’s been involved with nationally for more than a decade.
In June of 2019 he was honored to take on the role of Prince Royale to Reign XIV, and has helped the reign raise close to $48,000. Carrington is passionate about the community, has represented it honorably and successfully in many different roles and is excited at the prospect of doing even more for communities all across the state through his continued engagement with the Imperial Court of Arizona.
Hello, My name is Michael Skowronek, I also go by my stage name Michael Fairchild. I am a candidate for Emperor Reign XV for the Imperial Court of Arizona. I was born and raised here in Phoenix, Arizona, the 1st born son in my family to hard-working single mother. I have a wonderful job with Amazon. I am currently in a relationship/engagement with an amazing partner who gave me my stage name; A three-time past elected monarch for The United Court of Austin – Empress XIII & XVII Bianca Fairchild/Emperor XIX Chad Fairchild.
I have been involved with the court for past 5 years now. My first major court event in Arizona was Coronation X. Before I actively joined the court in Reign XI, I was a member of a local leather club ALBAC- Arizona Leather Bears & Cubs. I have held court titles in Reign XII as Apprentice to their Majesties, & Lt. Commander of the Imperial Leather Guard in Reign XIII. My goals that I wish to accomplish if elected are to continue to raise awareness for the many charities/beneficiaries we help throughout the great state of Arizona. I also would welcome inclusivity to all members of our community. The goal has been and always will be raising money for charity ONE DOLLAR at time. Thank you for time and I hope I can count on your vote.
Sergio de la Draco
My introduction to the Imperial Court occurred in my early 20’s, where the then future San Francisco Emperor XXV after Norton, Jacques Michaels, took me to the San Francisco Coronation and later a San Jose Coronation. I immediately fell in love with the grandeur and beauty and knew that I wanted to be part of this organization. Concurrently I had been a part of the Bay Area leather community, as a member of the South bay Leather Uniform Group, in the height of the AIDS epidemic and had already developed a passion for community service.
Later after moving to Key West, Florida where I worked as the Branch Manager for a couple local banks, I connected with the leather community, winning a local leather title and joining the Key West Wreckers, where I eventually served as Membership Coordinator. In these positions of leadership, I began to discover a heart for mentoring. I not only wanted to serve the community but to help others to do so.
By December of 2009, I moved to Arizona, where I eventually met and married my husband of 8 years. While here, I have been active in the community as a member of the Arizona Leather Bears and Cubs and the Arizona Men Leather. While in AML I have served on the Board of Directors as Correspondence Secretary, twice as President and now Events Coordinator. Likewise serving our community as Southwest Leather Sir 2015, where my title family and I put on multiple fundraisers and represented the Southwest in the International Leather Sir, Leatherboy and International Community Bootblack contest.
During my title year, Steve Marino, Emperor X of Arizona encourage us to become a part of the Imperial Court of Arizona. By reign XI, Emperor SeaJay Moser asked me to be the Commander of the Leather guard, were I went above and beyond the requirements of the position, to coordinate a successful Imperial Court event for Hospice of the Valley. Since then I was Duke to reign XII, Prince of reign XIII and Prince in reign XIV.
While in the Imperial Court I have learned that the Court can’t stand alone but must serve and serve with other organizations. I have proudly worked with Joshua Tree Feeding Program for three years, where I am now the Volunteer coordinator. Likewise, I make myself available to serve the Arizona Gay Rodeo and Grand Canyon Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence fundraising efforts and have a history of supporting multiple leather title track’s titleholder fundraising.
I bring to the Imperial Court of Arizona experience coordinating fundraiser, a heart for mentoring and a will to protect the image of the ICOA, as a Court of great beauty and opportunity, emphasizing Arizona’s diversity and unique talent.
Teddy Michael, known affectionately as Michael Trimm off-stage, is a 15-year veteran of the drag entertainment business and is the reigning Gay Male Entertainer of America. Teddy has called the Valley of the Sun home for over five years, moving to Phoenix after capturing the title of Mister Arizona USofA MI in 2014. As an administrator, Teddy has flourished as an award-winning promoter and currently owns the Mr. Ohio King All-Star contest in his native Ohio. As a philanthropist, he is an active member of the Imperial Court of Arizona, currently holding the title of Crown Prince to Reign XIV. As a community activist and advocate, he co-wrote a workshop entitled “How To Be A Trans Ally” with Freddy Prinze Charming and Eddie Broadway, which is being presented locally and regionally at conferences and symposiums, educating healthcare professionals and corporations alike on how best to serve the transgender and gender non-conforming communities. He is excited at the opportunity to further serve the community as a Candidate for Emperor XV.