56 Photos Celebrating Black Queer Culture at HRC's Equality Ball 2023
Images: Courtesy Human Rights Campaign
Beyoncé teamed up with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, to present a celebration of ballroom culture back in August.
The BeyGOOD Foundation, Beyoncé’s public charity, was supporting Beeline Productions and the Shady Gang to bring authentic ballroom culture to Las Vegas on August 27 with the Equality Ball at the Palms Casino Resort.
Queer people of color, especially transgender Black and Brown pageant performers, established ballroom culture as a progressive and innovative community kickstarted in the 1970s in New York City. The Equality Ball offered individuals a safe environment to exhibit their artistic abilities. The event celebrated expression and inclusion by showcasing fashion, style, pose, poise, grace, and various creative talents.
"The Equality Ball is going to be a celebration of Black and Brown queer life," HRC's president Kelley Robinson said. "The folks at Beeline and Shady Gang have a powerful vision for bringing the joy, the strength, the resilience of our community to center stage, and I'm proud that HRC is working alongside these incredible artists. I'm also deeply appreciative of the BeyGOOD Foundation's support for the event, which will include a range of services for the community in Las Vegas."