Monday, December 1, 2014

RED Ball - World AIDS Day

I had such am enthusiastic yet emotional time at the first annual RED Ball, a gala event held in commemoration and celebration of the 26th annual World AIDS Day.  The RED Ball was an opportunity for us to celebrate life while remembering friends we've lost in the fight against the HIV epidemic.  The event was presented by the New York City Department of Health and held at the lavish OUT Hotel resort in the Times Square/Hell's Kitchen area of New York City on December 1st.  World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people around the world to speak out in support of our brothers and sisters living with HIV and AIDS, remember those we have lost, and to reaffirm our commitment to fight against the disease.  This year we had extra cause to celebrate since the NYC Department of Health released a new report declaring that New York HIV diagnoses have reached an all-time historic low.

I had a blast on the red carpet, on the dance floor and on the cat-walk runway as we celebrated in the style of a House Drag Ball with hip-hop, disco and rap music, fierce glamour and lots of energy and vogue-ing.  The guestlist included: NYC Commissioner of Health Mary Travis Bassett who was in the spirit with a crown, necklace and scepter made of condoms, NYC Assistant Commissioner of Health Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, Ana Matronic of the hit pop group Scissor Sisters ("Let's Have a KiKi"), recording artist Lovari ("Touch Me"), Dashaun Williams, DJ Seth Ninja, dancer Joshua Jemini Whitley, Empress Twinkle Montgomery of the Imperial Court of NY, CEO of GMHC Kelsey Louie along with Andrew McPhail and Anthony Hayes of GMHC and many others!