Buff Faye is currently the 2019-20 titleholder for National Entertainer of the Year (EOY), FI. She is proud to be an active, visible leader in her community of Charlotte, NC.
As National EOY, FI, Buff Faye is excited to reign over the 30th year anniversary of the pageantry system and spotlight its dedication to excellence in creativity and entertainment. She plans on using her national platform to strengthen relationships and build new bridges for EOY nationally, regionally and statewide with contestants, promoters and supporters. Her motto as a plus size, full figure drag queen is “BIGGER IS ALWAYS BETTER.” She plans to go big this year in everything she does. Buff Faye also plans to continue traveling and raise money for charities for LGBTQ youth such as
Known as a “charity queen,” Buff Faye has raised money for many national and local charities including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Safe Alliance, R.A.I.N. and Campus Pride. She writes a monthly column “Dishing with Buff Faye” for Q-Notes Carolinas newspaper and is the only drag queen to be featured on both front page/covers of Creative Loafing and The Charlotte Observer. In 2012, Buff was chosen as Creative Loafing's "Best of the Best" Drag Entertainer and Q-Notes Best of Charlotte Drag Queen.
Since Buff started doing drag in 2008, she has accomplished many things including being crowned 2018 Miss Gay SouthEast America, 2017 North Carolina Entertainer of the Year, FI as well as a former Miss Charlotte Pride and Miss Hideaway At Large.
Out of drag, Buff Faye is better known as Shane Windmeyer, the founder/executive director of Campus Pride, the leading national non-profit organization benefiting LGBTQ youth nation-wide on college campuses. He is also a nationally recognized speaker, educator and best-selling author of six books including The Advocate College Guide for LGBT Students, Out on Fraternity Row, Brotherhood and Secret Sisters. Windmeyer has been featured on IN THE LIFE TV and his work has been the focus of national attention from CNN, Good Morning America, MSNBC’s The Situation with Tucker Carlson, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, OUT Magazine, The Advocate National Gay & Lesbian News Magazine and TIME Magazine. Windmeyer has a masters degree in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from Emporia State University.
a.k.a Buff Faye.