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I ran into Elijah while on a photo shoot at 5Pointz Aersol Art Center. Elijah is a member of the "House of Xtravaganza", one of the more famous and enduring sanctuaries for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Hispanic youths in New York City. The house, like similar houses, is named in the style of European fashion houses (e.g. House of Chanel) and is an affiliation of young drag queens who coalesced around the Harlem drag ball scene of the late 1970s through the mid-1990s. The Harlem ball scene is where "voguing" was created and members of the House of Xtravaganza have been featured in numerous music videos including Madonna's "Vogue"and documentaries such as "Paris is Burning"and "How Do I Look."
Long Island City, New York.
Please take a look at my Photo Essay including this photo by clicking below â†“
In the Street Portraits - Volume II photo essay.
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