The Summer of Love wasn't all peace and hippies, and so weren't the first Prides. In fact, the very first Pride was a riot, on which the forefront stood black and brown trans women.
To this day, black and brown bodies struggle with acceptance among the LGBTQIA2+ community. The brown and black stripes were added to the pride flag only in 2017 to highlight the discrimination of black and brown community members.
Many black and brown individuals found refuge thanks to Crystal LaBeija, the founder of the ballroom scene. It became an underground community that inspired and influenced many industries, such as fashion, music, and arts.
This safer space helped many oppressed and marginalised individuals find their second homes. Ostracitised from society not only because of their skin colour but also because of their sexuality or gender expression, for many people, the ballroom became their entire life, as they would feel acknowledged and respected.
Thanks to pioneers such as Aisha Diori, who, around the early 2010s, founded the Kiki scene, the younger generation was given a chance to experience ballroom in a more accessible way.
We gather to celebrate Pride and each one of us in a broad spectrum. We want to see inspiring make-up and outfits, be festive! Come as the most fabulous self, and let us see you shine your light!
Welcome to The Summer of Love Kiki Function! Bring it to the runway, and let us see your talent!