This summer, Beyoncé took over the world and brought ballroom culture to the forefront of her Renaissance World Tour. Now, Queen Bey is taking her LGBTQ+ allyship a step further, supporting the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in the curation of “The Equality Ball.”
With the support of the star’s BeyGOOD Foundation, The Equality Ball will honor the joy and vibrance of ballroom culture, a pillar for the Black and Brown queer community.
“Ballroom culture is synonymous with the Black queer community—it creates a safe space for LGBTQ+ people at a time when being your authentic self was dangerous,” said Human Rights Campaign President Kelley Robinson. “But, let’s not get confused; it’s still dangerous for us—Black and Brown trans women are facing an epidemic of fatal violence, and just within the past week, O’Shea Sibley, a Black queer man, was brutally murdered for vogueing. The Equality Ball serves as another space for those who feel overlooked to take center stage and let the world know that—as Beyoncé sings—you won’t break our souls.”
Set to take place on Sunday, Aug. 27, in Las Vegas, the HRC Foundation describes the event as an evening filled with performances, a friendly competition of self-expression, and, most importantly, a resource center for HIV testing, voter registration, and information about local LGBTQ+ programs and initiatives. In addition to the acclaimed