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Thousands Attend GMHC's 20th Annual House of Latex Ball

Competitions in Vogueing, Dance and Modeling


New York, NY — On Saturday, August 21, Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) hosted the 20th annual House of Latex Ball featuring dozens of categories for competition in exhuberant expressions of vogueing, dance and modeling of fashion designs. Close to 3,000 youth and adults travelled to Roseland Ballroom from the tri-state area as well as nationally and internationally. GMHC provided HIV testing and prevention educational materials were also distributed by more than 20 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 diseases. 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, "Fashion Revolution" and competition categories were designed around legendary fashion designers, models and magazines.  The annual ball taps into the creativity, resiliency and strength that exist in the House and Ball community. Individual and team winners were selected by a group of respected judges.  Trophies and cash were offered for each category.

Celebrity guests included:

Grammy award-winning R&B singer, Chrisette Michele
Universal/Motown Records recording artist, Shontelle
Bebe Zahara Benet, winner of season one's "Rupaul Drag Race"
Anchal Joseph, contestant from season seven's "America's Next Top Model"

Presenting Sponsors:  downelink and

Sponsors:, XEX Magazine,, Blue Michael Cosmetics, Imperial Court of New York, Wet Platinum, Pop Chips, Escuelita NY, Uncut NYC, Hector Xtravaganza, Louie G. Legacy, James Earl Hardy.

Click here to view photos from the ball.


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