On June 6th, the AMAAD Institute hosted its first Mini Ball, themed American Horror Story. As an organization, AMAAD is connected to the love and passion of the House and Ballroom community. We celebrate the uniqueness and courage it takes to walk down the runway and be unapologetically you. This underground experience was created to give Black and Latino LGBTQIA+ members of the community a safe space to be authentic and free of the norms of the world. That Sunday we did just that.
With the goal to engage Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ youth and young adults, AMAAD centered the community's safety, welcoming over 80+ guests participating in our seven incentivized categories: Virgin Runway, Virgin Vogue, Realness, Face, Sex Siren, OTA (open to all) Runway, and OTA Performance.
The AMAAD Institute partnered with community greats DJ Sidney Perry, commentator Torie Balmain, and videographer; Ryku Lyght.
As ballgoers left, they were connected to AMAAD programs and services and received an AMAAD Armor Bag, the organization's wellness kit filled with program brochures, hygiene items, condoms, lube, and other essential goods.
Thank you to AMAAD staff, community partners, and friends who made the LA American Horror Story Mini Ball come true!
Find out more about AMAAD programs, services, and events at www.amaad.org!
Communications and Outreach Specialist