RdThe 1990 documentary “Paris is Burning” is about the lives of African American and Latinx LGBTQ+ individuals involved in New York City’s ballroom scene during the late 1980s.
The film reflected on their aspirations, challenges, and perseverance in the face of societal marginalization and the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Unfortunately, many of the film’s participants have died. Though they’re dead and gone, their legacy lives on
Below is a summary on some of the prominent figures featured in the film:
Dorian Corey was a legendary figure in the ballroom scene. She was prominent for her wisdom, and great performances. Corey died in 1993 from AIDS-related complications.
Pepper LaBeija was a respected house mother and leader in the ballroom community. She was regarded for her elegance and fierceness. LaBeija died in 2003 from heart failure.
Willi Ninja was a groundbreaking voguer and choreographer. He contributed to the dance style. Ninja died in 2006 from AIDS-related complications.
Angie Xtravaganza was a beloved personality in the House of Xtravaganza. She was loved for her beauty and kindness. Xtravaganza was tragically murdered in 1993.
A young trans woman who dreamed of becoming a model. She was tragically murdered in 1988.
Though all these iconic figures have passed away, the ballroom community continues to thrive, providing a space for LGBTQ+ people to express themselves, find acceptance, and celebrate their identities.