Former West Hollywood Mayor and convicted embezzler Valerie Terrigno spared the organizers of the Gay Pride Parade an uncomfortable decision this week when she opted not to ride in a restaurant-sponsored parade vehicle.
Terrigno, who has spent the last month in a Hollywood community treatment center as part of her sentence for embezzling $6,969 in federal Emergency Management Agency funds, was the winner of a recent "Ms. Gay" contest sponsored by Palms, a West Hollywood restaurant.
The winner of the contest customarily appears in the Gay Pride Parade and rides in a convertible rented by the restaurant.
Instead, said Sue Morris, a bartender at the restaurant, Palms will be represented by Cindy Gettig, a former bartender and one of eight contestants. According to a recent article in The News, a lesbian-oriented publication, the contestants were judged on their personality and poise.