FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Krishna Stone | 212.367.1016
New York, NY — On Saturday, August 20, Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) will host the 21st annual House of Latex Ball featuring categories for competition in exhuberant expressions of dance, vogueing and modeling of fashion designs. Close to 4,000 people are expected from the tri-state area as well as nationally and internationally. The event also includes HIV testing and educational materials provided by GMHC and other community-based organizations.
Over the years, the House and Ball community — largely comprised of black and Latino youth and adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender — has experienced substantial loss due to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. As an HIV-prevention program, GMHC's House of Latex was formed in 1989 and continues to link community members with resources to improve their health outcomes, and provide workshops on HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. The House of Latex conducts outreach at balls and other youth venues, incorporating innovative approaches to HIV prevention and safer sex messaging.
This year's theme, "A Night at the Latex Museum" and competition categories are designed around legendary artists, TV personalities and art history. The annual ball taps into the creativity, resiliency and strength that exist in the House and Ball community. Individual and team winners are selected by a group of respected judges. Trophies and cash prizes are offered for various categories. The ball is dedicated to Arbert Santana, a founding member of the House of Latex, who died in March.
Event Information When:
Saturday, August 20
239 West 52nd Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
Subway trains: C,E to 50th St and 8th Ave; 1 to 50th St and Broadway, D to 7th Ave and 53rd St
7:00 pm: Doors open; educational tabling and free HIV testing
8:00 pm: Performances by guest singers and dancers: Juvani, Roxy, Scarlett Santana and WISH
9:00 pm: Competition in categories start and end at approximately 4:00 am. Photo opportunities and interviews are available throughout the evening. Reporters, film crews and photographers must check in at "Media Sign In" in the Roseland Ballroom.
For more information about the GMHC's House of Latex and the House and Ball community, visit the website: www.myballroomlife.com.
GMHC is a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based organization committed to national leadership in the fight against AIDS. We provide prevention and care services to men, women and families that are living with, or affected by, HIV/AIDS in New York City. We advocate for scientific, evidence-based public health solutions for hundreds of thousands worldwide