With their insistence on submissive, smiling, forced femininity, conventional beauty pageants seem more dated and irrelevant every year. By contrast, drag pageants retain the subversive frisson they’ve possessed since they began back in the 1970s. They remind spectators that perfect womanhood is a lot of work — and that a boy can grow up to be a beauty queen. This Sunday, faux femmes from the flyover states compete for the title of Miss Gay Mid-America. They’ll show off their talents, complete onstage interviews, and strut in evening gowns — just like regular pageant girls, but with more padding. This year’s theme is Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and the winner will get $2,500 and a shot at the biggest prize of all: Miss Gay America. Expect big hair, bigger personalities, and enough sequins to put the Grand Ole Opry to shame.