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OnJenae

Ballroom Beauties

VIDEO SHOWCASING THE TRANSGENDER BEAUTIES WHO USE TO GRACE THE HARLEM BALLROOM SCENE BACK IN THE DAY

you can see several clips of me throughout the video also

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Reply #1 posted 03/17/12 4:22pm

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Welcome to the Org. All these women are gorgeous. love

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Reply #2 posted 03/18/12 12:35pm

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I have the maddest respect for anyone who manifests the inner feminine in their lives. clapping

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SupaFunkyOrgangrinderSexy said:

I have the maddest respect for anyone who manifests the inner feminine in their lives. clapping

I do too. I also respect that they have the courage to be who they KNOW they are even in the face of ridicule and hatred. Case in point...my granddaughter who used to be my grandson. I was the first one he told because he was too terrified to tell my daughter. it took a while for some of the family to accept her. He contemplated suicide but I gave him all the support he needed to become who SHE really was inside. I was there through the hormone injections, the breast implants, etc.

When he was only 5 or 6 people began calling him names...you know the references. mad He was very sensitive and people hurt him.

But now she is happy, beautiful, and loving her life. And I love her! heart

Before---Khalil

On the far left in these...

After---Khaliyah (on the right)

The same 3 in 2011


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Reply #4 posted 03/18/12 2:28pm

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April, God put you on Earth to be an angelic force in peoples lives <3 So much love to you for acceptance and loving. Beautiful beatiful smile

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SupaFunkyOrgangrinderSexy said:

April, God put you on Earth to be an angelic force in peoples lives <3 So much love to you for acceptance and loving. Beautiful beatiful smile

Richard, hug it doesn't take anything special to just love. People hurt each other for no other reason than that they can. When it all boils down to just love. I had a 'falling out' as they call it down south with his other grandmother and his father. They are both very homophobic and began calling him the F word when he was so young. He went to spend the summer with her in South Carolina and he called crying that he wanted to come home (to Chicago). When I asked him why he said his grandmother and his father were calling him names and saying they weren't going to let him grow up as a sissy. They locked him up in the house because they thought he was flirting with a boy. This was way before he transformed. heart

I was so furious I sent him a plane ticket to come home and didn't even tell them he was leaving. I had a friend of mine pick him up and take him to the airport.

I haven't communicated with them since. What kind of person does that to their child and grandchild??? disbelief

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Reply #6 posted 03/18/12 2:52pm

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I am living for this thread.

noimageatall, your granddaughter is absolutely beautiful and I am really thrilled that she's got such a loving grandmother.

Because of my passion for the harlem ball scene, I was exposed to people in the midst of transitioning pretty early in my "out gay life". I may have posted a picture or 2 here of me with some of my ladyfrienz.

I have the utmost respect and love for drag queens, kings, transpeople, and all things queer and queer-adjacent.

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Reply #7 posted 03/18/12 3:07pm

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noimageatall said:

SupaFunkyOrgangrinderSexy said:

I have the maddest respect for anyone who manifests the inner feminine in their lives. clapping

I do too. I also respect that they have the courage to be who they KNOW they are even in the face of ridicule and hatred. Case in point...my granddaughter who used to be my grandson. I was the first one he told because he was too terrified to tell my daughter. it took a while for some of the family to accept her. He contemplated suicide but I gave him all the support he needed to become who SHE really was inside. I was there through the hormone injections, the breast implants, etc.

When he was only 5 or 6 people began calling him names...you know the references. mad He was very sensitive and people hurt him.

But now she is happy, beautiful, and loving her life. And I love her! heart

Before---Khalil

On the far left in these...

After---Khaliyah (on the right)

The same 3 in 2011


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Oh my God, she's BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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Reply #8 posted 03/18/12 4:39pm

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Wow, April. You make me want to cry. You are so beautiful. hug

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Reply #9 posted 03/19/12 12:27am

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Spinlight said:

I am living for this thread.

noimageatall, your granddaughter is absolutely beautiful and I am really thrilled that she's got such a loving grandmother.

Because of my passion for the harlem ball scene, I was exposed to people in the midst of transitioning pretty early in my "out gay life". I may have posted a picture or 2 here of me with some of my ladyfrienz.

I have the utmost respect and love for drag queens, kings, transpeople, and all things queer and queer-adjacent.

[Edited 3/18/12 14:52pm]

Thank you, spin. touched You should post the pics again. I don't think I remember seeing them.

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Reply #10 posted 03/19/12 12:39am

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lauralevesque said:

Oh my God, she's BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Thank you, laura...I think so too.

This is my alter-ego and hero. giggle

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Reply #11 posted 03/19/12 12:50am

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OnJenae said:

VIDEO SHOWCASING THE TRANSGENDER BEAUTIES WHO USE TO GRACE THE HARLEM BALLROOM SCENE BACK IN THE DAY

you can see several clips of me throughout the video also

That's you at :34 right? Beautiful!!!

But I noticed at the end of the video many of the ladies had RIP after their names. sad

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Reply #12 posted 03/19/12 12:51am

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April, she is exquisite!!! eek
a whore in sheep's clothing
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Vendetta1 said:

Wow, April. You make me want to cry. You are so beautiful. hug

Awww....you are too, Ivy. hug I swear this summer when I come back to Chicago we're going to go to some kind of concert! (Damn Morris Day to hell) mad

wink lol

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Reply #14 posted 03/19/12 12:55am

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April, she is exquisite!!! eek

Thank you. hug

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Reply #15 posted 03/19/12 1:24am

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noimageatall said:

But I noticed at the end of the video many of the ladies had RIP after their names. sad

i saw that 2 sad so sad!!!!

they are all beautiful ladies rose

The A in AOA looks like a Penis!!!!!! lol
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Reply #16 posted 03/19/12 4:34am

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She is gorgeous April love! It is so wonderful that you supported her the way you did worship. It should be a given that family members support their loved ones through struggles like that, but sadly it is not and I hope you and her can be role models for others who are making similar experiences rose.

With a very special thank you to Tina: Is hammer already absolute, how much some people verändern...ICH hope is never so I will be! And if, then I hope that I would then have wen in my environment who joins me in the A....
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Reply #17 posted 03/19/12 9:28am

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1. @OnJenae.....Welcome to the org and thank you for starting this thread. I wish you were an orger earlier around the time I had a previous thread about transgender women.

The Transgender Women Appreciation Thread

http://prince.org/msg/100/357692

2. @noimage.....nodYour granddaughter in the last picture.........hot damn! cool

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Reply #18 posted 03/19/12 2:24pm

OnJenae

lauralevesque said:

noimageatall said:

I do too. I also respect that they have the courage to be who they KNOW they are even in the face of ridicule and hatred. Case in point...my granddaughter who used to be my grandson. I was the first one he told because he was too terrified to tell my daughter. it took a while for some of the family to accept her. He contemplated suicide but I gave him all the support he needed to become who SHE really was inside. I was there through the hormone injections, the breast implants, etc.

When he was only 5 or 6 people began calling him names...you know the references. mad He was very sensitive and people hurt him.

But now she is happy, beautiful, and loving her life. And I love her! heart

Before---Khalil

On the far left in these...

After---Khaliyah (on the right)

The same 3 in 2011


[Edited 3/18/12 14:33pm]

Oh my God, she's BEAUTIFUL!!!!

OMFG SHE IS FUCKING GORGEOUS IN THE BALLROOM COMMUNITY SHE could walk face, sex siren , fem queen realness,shit maybe even vogue and i love that she is so natural looking these days the girls carve there faces up and look like clowns

you have a beautiful granddaughter and she is lucky to have such an accepting family if my family was as accepting maybe i would have not turned to escorting, maybe i would have never went down the path of drugs, maybe i would have been different your granddaughter is lucky most of us didnt come from families who accepted us

i was thrown out on the streets when i was 10 years old nad i've had to fend for myself ever since then

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Reply #19 posted 03/19/12 2:33pm

OnJenae

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Welcome to the Org. All these women are gorgeous. love

yes they are

two died from hiv and the other had hiv but died from cancer in the 90s hiv/aids killed alot of my sisters and friends even thought we had smiles on on faces some of these chicks were literally wasting away in real time before our eyes

three of the ladies are dead

jennifer legend (r.i.p 1996)

octavia st.laurent (r.i.p 2009)

and danielle revlon (r.i.p 1999/2000)

here is a video of me walking against my 20 year rival onjenae back in 1993

[youtube]http://youtu.be/_2gnBH_uPXw[/youtube]

[Edited 3/19/12 14:45pm]

[Edited 3/19/12 14:48pm]

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Reply #20 posted 03/19/12 2:36pm

OnJenae

TonyVanDam said:

1. @OnJenae.....Welcome to the org and thank you for starting this thread. I wish you were an orger earlier around the time I had a previous thread about transgender women.

The Transgender Women Appreciation Thread

http://prince.org/msg/100/357692

2. @noimage.....nodYour granddaughter in the last picture.........hot damn! cool

[Edited 3/19/12 9:32am]

aww thats cool a transgender appreciation thread

with all the hurtful things people say about transgender women and the fact recently there has been a increase in attacks,rapes,murders of latina & african american transgender women its nice to see some open minded people in the world

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Reply #21 posted 03/19/12 2:47pm

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OnJenae said:

Vendetta1 said:

Welcome to the Org. All these women are gorgeous. love

yes they are

two died from hiv and the other had hiv but died from cancer in the 90s hiv/aids killed alot of my sisters and friends even thought we had smiles on on faces some of these chicks were literally wasting away in real time before our eyes

three of the ladies are dead

jennifer legend (r.i.p 1996)

octavia st.laurent (r.i.p 2009)

and danielle revlon (r.i.p 1999/2000)

here is a video of me walking against my 20 year rival onjenae back in 1993

[youtube]http://youtu.be/_2gnBH_uPXw[/youtube]

I didn't notice that that was you in the video. You are so beautiful, holy crap.

Many ladies have died, but many still live! Carmen Xtravaganza, I last saw some recent pics of her a couple years ago. She looked great after all these years!! And I was also happy to see Freddie Pendavis, Junior Labeija, and Jose Xtravaganza are still kickin around too (though not femme queens, still legendary to the ball scene).

I was sad when I heard Octavia had passed, but I know she had been dealing with her illness longer than most!

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Reply #22 posted 03/19/12 2:58pm

OnJenae

Spinlight said:

OnJenae said:

yes they are

two died from hiv and the other had hiv but died from cancer in the 90s hiv/aids killed alot of my sisters and friends even thought we had smiles on on faces some of these chicks were literally wasting away in real time before our eyes

three of the ladies are dead

jennifer legend (r.i.p 1996)

octavia st.laurent (r.i.p 2009)

and danielle revlon (r.i.p 1999/2000)

here is a video of me walking against my 20 year rival onjenae back in 1993

[youtube]http://youtu.be/_2gnBH_uPXw[/youtube]

I didn't notice that that was you in the video. You are so beautiful, holy crap.

Many ladies have died, but many still live! Carmen Xtravaganza, I last saw some recent pics of her a couple years ago. She looked great after all these years!! And I was also happy to see Freddie Pendavis, Junior Labeija, and Jose Xtravaganza are still kickin around too (though not femme queens, still legendary to the ball scene).

I was sad when I heard Octavia had passed, but I know she had been dealing with her illness longer than most!

yes octavia was a fighter and she went down swinging i remember when hiv first came around it seemed like as soon as one of the girls found out they had the virus they would literally waste away in months sometimes even weeks but not octavia she fought it long and hard she also battled cancer it was sad seeing her walk her last ball she was in so much pain, had shaved off all her hair and you can see her will figght to fight was all gone i miss her sad carmen xtravaganza is gorgeous and one of the oldest living girls in the entire ballroom scene its good to see some of the girls actually make it to 60 i love her and she is proof that a transgender women can accomplish anything and i love jose xtravaganza and junior labeija lol junior usae to crack me up with his shady ass always reading the girls
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OnJenae said:

Vendetta1 said:

Welcome to the Org. All these women are gorgeous. love

yes they are

two died from hiv and the other had hiv but died from cancer in the 90s hiv/aids killed alot of my sisters and friends even thought we had smiles on on faces some of these chicks were literally wasting away in real time before our eyes

three of the ladies are dead

jennifer legend (r.i.p 1996)

octavia st.laurent (r.i.p 2009)

and danielle revlon (r.i.p 1999/2000)

here is a video of me walking against my 20 year rival onjenae back in 1993


Absolutely classy and gorgeous!!!! worship

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Reply #24 posted 03/19/12 3:05pm

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OnJenae said:

lauralevesque said:

Oh my God, she's BEAUTIFUL!!!!

OMFG SHE IS FUCKING GORGEOUS IN THE BALLROOM COMMUNITY SHE could walk face, sex siren , fem queen realness,shit maybe even vogue and i love that she is so natural looking these days the girls carve there faces up and look like clowns

you have a beautiful granddaughter and she is lucky to have such an accepting family if my family was as accepting maybe i would have not turned to escorting, maybe i would have never went down the path of drugs, maybe i would have been different your granddaughter is lucky most of us didnt come from families who accepted us

i was thrown out on the streets when i was 10 years old nad i've had to fend for myself ever since then

Oh no...thrown out on the street? That's horrible. disbelief I can't fathom how people can do that to their own children. sad

Not all the family was accepting. That's why she thought about suicide. I'm just glad I was there.

And she does go to the balls in Chicago. I was supposed to make her a gown before I left but I didn't get to. sad

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She is gorgeous April love! It is so wonderful that you supported her the way you did worship. It should be a given that family members support their loved ones through struggles like that, but sadly it is not and I hope you and her can be role models for others who are making similar experiences rose.

hug We are all here to love. That's all. All the other garbage on the planet doesn't matter. If we can get past the judging and the holier-than-thou bullshit, we'd be much better off.

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Reply #26 posted 03/19/12 3:14pm

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Khaliyah is beautiful-I hope she is happy wink

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OnJenae said:

Spinlight said:

I didn't notice that that was you in the video. You are so beautiful, holy crap.

Many ladies have died, but many still live! Carmen Xtravaganza, I last saw some recent pics of her a couple years ago. She looked great after all these years!! And I was also happy to see Freddie Pendavis, Junior Labeija, and Jose Xtravaganza are still kickin around too (though not femme queens, still legendary to the ball scene).

I was sad when I heard Octavia had passed, but I know she had been dealing with her illness longer than most!

yes octavia was a fighter and she went down swinging i remember when hiv first came around it seemed like as soon as one of the girls found out they had the virus they would literally waste away in months sometimes even weeks but not octavia she fought it long and hard she also battled cancer it was sad seeing her walk her last ball she was in so much pain, had shaved off all her hair and you can see her will figght to fight was all gone i miss her sad carmen xtravaganza is gorgeous and one of the oldest living girls in the entire ballroom scene its good to see some of the girls actually make it to 60 i love her and she is proof that a transgender women can accomplish anything and i love jose xtravaganza and junior labeija lol junior usae to crack me up with his shady ass always reading the girls

I love watching videos of Junior - he is hiiiiilarious. The people who walk now and walked then in the ball scene are some of my heroes. Both as a human and as a gay man. The bravery, tenacity, and strength of will displayed by a queen walking to snatch a trophy is inspiring to me.

I've not been to NY in many years, but the first thing I'd do upon planning a trip would be to see if any balls were being held. I don't even know what I would do if I met Carmen Xtravaganza in person - probably piss my pants in excitement (and then cry from humiliation, hahaha).

Of course my sig here on the org has always been my favorite Dorian quote from Paris Is Burning.

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SupaFunkyOrgangrinderSexy said:

I have the maddest respect for anyone who manifests the inner feminine in their lives. clapping

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