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    • Oral History of Grey Mizrahi 

      Mizrahi, Grey (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2019-01-17)
      Grey Mizrahi talks about the ways in which he discovered ballroom culture, including online videos, elements of pop culture, and family members who participated in Baltimore’s club music scene. He describes becoming part ...
    • Oral History of Legendary Mother Marco Blahnik AKA Marco West 

      West, Marco (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2019-01-24)
      Legendary Mother Marco Blahnik talks about growing up in Cherry Hill and South Baltimore in an accepting, interfaith family. He explains how ballroom gave him an opportunity to pursue costume design and travel the country. ...
    • Oral History of Sandy Dior'e 

      Dior'e, Sandy (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2019-01-29)
      Sandy Dior’e talks about coming into the ballroom scene and walking fem queen realness as a teenager in Brooklyn, the ways in which ballroom affirmed and celebrated her identity as a woman, and how the scene helps people ...
    • Oral History of Icon Monique West 

      West, Icon Monique (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2019-02-13)
      Icon Monique West talks about how Baltimore’s ballroom scene was a safe haven and a place for her to come into her identity as a trans woman. She describes how, in her eyes, ballroom has come to be dominated by gay men and ...
    • Oral History of Icon Monique West 

      West, Icon Monique; Carter, Monique (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2019-02-13)
      Icon Monique West explains what it’s like to be a parental figure and leader in the ballroom community. She talks about the challenges of being a trans woman in ballroom and about finding a sense of family and belonging ...
    • Oral History of Icon Sebastian Escada 

      Escada, Icon Sebastian (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2019-02-18)
      Icon Sebastian Escada describes the founding of the first ballroom house in Atlanta, the responsibilities of being a house mother, and his invention of the “realness with a twist” category. He talks about how ballroom gave ...
    • Oral History of Icon Enrique Allure St. Laurent 

      St. Laurent, Icon Enrique Allure (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2019-03-12)
      Icon Enrique Allure St. Laurent talks about his biological family’s participation in ballroom, his introduction to Baltimore’s ballroom scene at a club called Odell’s, and his experience walking the runway category. He ...
    • Oral History of Legendary Tre Blahnik AKA Trebra Taylor 

      Taylor, Trebra (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2019-03-14)
      Legendary DMV Father Tre Blahnik talks about his introduction to ballroom at Baltimore’s Club Bunns, the ways ballroom helped him embrace his gay identity, and the ways it helped him become an outgoing and confident leader ...
    • Oral History of Icon Marquis Revlon Clanton 

      Revlon Clanton, Icon Marquis (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2019-03-20)
      Icon Marquis Clanton Revlon talks about growing up in Baltimore and his experiences with dance and marching band as a child. He describes the members of the House of Revlon who first introduced him to Baltimore’s ballroom ...
    • Oral History of Alvernian Davis AKA Alvernian Prestige 

      Davis, Alvernian (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2019-03-24)
      Alvernian Davis describes growing up in Philadelphia and joining the city’s gay community and ballroom scene. He talks about defying the conventions of ballroom, inventing a new category, and founding his own house. He ...
    • Oral History of Legendary Rhonda Carr 

      Carr, Legendary Rhonda (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2019-03-28)
      Legendary Rhonda Carr talks about her gender transition, how ballroom strengthened her ability to explore and communicate her gender identity, and the mother-daughter relationships that helped her establish her sense of ...
    • Oral History of Icon Peanut Revlon 

      Revlon, Icon Peanut (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2019-04-02)
      Icon Peanut Revlon talks about his entrance into Baltimore’s ballroom scene as a teenager at Club Bunns, the chosen family relationships he formed in the ballroom community, and why ballroom is important to him as a form ...
    • Oral History of Icon Lisa Revlon 

      Revlon, Icon Lisa (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2019-04-02)
      Icon Lisa Revlon talks about exploring her gender identity as a child, her entrance into New York City’s ballroom scene, the founding of the House of Revlon, the house’s importance in the development of Baltimore’s ballroom ...
    • Oral History of Chase Fittin 

      Fittin, Chase (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2019-04-27)
      Peabody dance student Chase Fittin reflects on his experience learning vogue fem from Icon Marquis Revlon Clanton and performing with his classmates at the inaugural Peabody ball in 2019. This oral history was recorded as ...
    • Oral History of Peter Pattengill 

      Pattengill, Peter (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2019-04-27)
      Peabody dance student Peter Pattengill reflects on his experience learning vogue fem from Icon Marquis Revlon Clanton, performing with his classmates at the inaugural Peabody ball in 2019, and building new relationships ...
    • Oral History of Legendary Father James Icon 

      Legendary Father, James Icon (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2019-05-09)
      Legendary Father James Icon talks about growing up and coming out in New York City in the 1970s and 1980s. He describes the gay community and ballroom scene that was centered in Greenwich Village and describes the first ...
    • Oral History of Lisa Jones 

      Jones, Lisa (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-03-03)
      Lisa Jones, aka Freedom Jones, is a queer, black, and nonbinary activist, artist, and community leader living in the Baltimore area. In this interview, Freedom talks about their introduction to reform and activism, their ...
    • Oral History of David Donnell Marshall 

      Marshall, David Donnell (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-03-03)
      David Marshall is a native Baltimorean, a trained opera singer, a father, and the founder of Journey to Josiah, an organization that helps parents navigate adoption. In this interview, he shares his experience growing up ...
    • Oral History of Paula Neira 

      Neira, Paula (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-03-04)
      Dr. Paula M. Neira discusses her experience in the navy and her work as a nurse and lawyer. After graduating with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1985, Paula was a regular and reserve surface warfare ...
    • Oral History of Keyanna Monae Devoreaux -Vorhees 

      Devoreaux-Vorhees, Keyanna Monae (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-03-04)
      Keyanna Monae Devoreaux -Vorhees is a trans activist and advocate in Baltimore and the surrounding DC/Maryland/Virginia (DMV) area. In this interview, Keyanna speaks about her experiences with foster care, sex work, and ...