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    • 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 Andre Powell 

      Powell, Andre (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-03-14)
      Born in Baltimore County, Andre Powell is a long-time Baltimore activist. In this interview, he shares the ways in which he found community as a black gay youth in the 70s and 80s, his struggles establishing the first gay ...
    • Oral History of Bryanna Jenkins 

      Jenkins, Bryanna A. (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-04-12)
      Bryanna A. Jenkins discusses her rich experience as an activist and a lawyer working for trans rights in Baltimore. She centers her story around the 2015 Baltimore Uprising, discussing the uprising themselves and their ...
    • 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 Cheryl Parham 

      Parham, Cheryl (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-04-09)
      Cheryl Parham is a lesbian and Baltimore native who served as the president for the Baltimore Gay Community Center in the 1980s. Cheryl speaks about her experiences growing up gay in Baltimore, serving in the military, her ...
    • Oral History of Danielle Kepeden 

      Kependen, Danielle (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-04-04)
      Danielle Kepeden de Fotsing is a queer community organizer from Cameroon and a member of the Queer Crisis Response Unit. She speaks about her experience finding community in African and queer spaces in the United States, ...
    • 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 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 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 Icon Enrique Allure St. Laurent 

      St. Laurent, Icon Enrique Allure (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-03-08)
      Icon Enrique Allure St. Laurent is a black, gay man born and raised in Baltimore. He discusses how his relationship with his mother, an Icon in the House of Ebony, enabled him to embrace his gay identity and his current ...
    • 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 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 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 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 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 Jamie Grace Alexander 

      Alexander, Jamie Grace (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-04-29)
      Jamie Grace Alexander is a Baltimore-based activist whose work spans the art world, museums, cultural institutions, direct action, queer archives, and community spaces. In this interview, she shares her thoughts about queer ...
    • Oral History of Jamie Washington 

      Washington, Jamie (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-03-11)
      Dr. Jamie Washington talks about being born into a working-class family in Philadelphia, spending his formative years in South Carolina, and developing a love for music at a young age. He discusses his struggle, as a ...
    • 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 ...
    • Oral History of Legacy Forté 

      Forté, Legacy (Johns Hopkins University Sheridan Libraries, 2022-04-14)
      Legacy Forté is a black queer native Baltimorean and the founder of Youth Against Oppression, the organizer of the first youth pride in Baltimore, and the founder of BMORE BLXCK. In this interview, they detail the various ...