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August 4, 2018 @ 11:00 pm - August 5, 2018 @ 5:00 am EDT
The EmPower ball is centered around the epidemic and all the issues we face as a community dealing with the HIV virus. This ball is to bring awareness to the epidemic and to provide free and confidential HIV testing on site. This ball also center’s around many different services/organizations that Birmingham Alabama provide for any care needed for the HIV virus. I bring you all the Power to EmPower yourselves and the community. Clint Garcon is honored to serve the ballroom community for such a great cause. This is an entirely Free event all night. Doors open at 10 Ball will start at 11pm please don’t be fashionably late and miss your category. Any questions or concerns Contact me Via Facebook messenger or Text/Call Clint Garcon (205) 704-2321… If your house will be in attendance hit me up for table information
Ballroom Throwbacks in the building… Ceaser and Corey
Commentators: Jack Mizrahi and Armani Bentley Lanvin
Dj:Naka Spinning The Beats
The house with the most testing numbers will win $1000.00 dollars (Regardless of there prior HIV status)
1. Beginners Vogue (The Chain Link)
The stigma that surrounds our community One study found that participants who reported high levels of stigma were over four times more likely to report poor access to care. This contributes to the expansion of the global HIV epidemic and a higher number of AIDS-related deaths. An unwillingness to take an HIV test means that more people are diagnosed late, when the virus may have already progressed to AIDS. This makes treatment less effective, increasing the likelihood of transmitting HIV to others, and causing early death. On this night you are on your way to an appointment at UAB 1917 Clinic for your first antiviral drugs for your new diagnosis of the HIV virus…You will showcase the STOP sign in your all red and white effect including a red and white completely painted face..REMEMBER (STOP SIGN)..Because nothing will STOP you from receiving the very needed treatment not even the Stigma….Your appointment is at 8A.M sharp…Don’t forget your big neck clock showcasing the time of your arrival because u will show the Doctor all 5 elements of vogue with no shame coming into the office …. A 1 time 10 dollar redemption can be made here if you lose or get chopped…Shoes will matter IF you wear them….All Red and White a combination of both..Who will Be Alabama’s first $700.00 dollar Beginners vogue..If you walk this category you will not be allowed to walk Performance. No icons legend statements and stars..This is for people newly to the scene less than a year. No veterans No Beginners that had there oty
2. Beginners Runway (The Volunteers)
The Game Changer Project devotes it’s energy and resources to the Greater-Birmingham area to help prevent the spread of HIV and to help people with HIV/AIDS live healthy, independent lives.
Game Changer volunteers, led by a staff member, join our Outreach team in undertaking outreach activities to promote safer sex and to recruit and promote Game Changer’s events and activities.
Peer outreach may consist of team interventions targeting groups of young men accessing settings frequented by young gay and bisexual men to promote safer sex. This includes outreach at community events such as Birmingham Pride, The Car and Bike show, The Classic, etc.
Peers who conduct outreach also play a critical role in recruiting MSM for HIV testing and Game Changer Project registration. Volunteers are able to reduce barriers for MSM in community venues who wish to know their HIV status.
Volunteers may also be called upon to assist in creation of condom packs and safer sex kits, as well as help execute Game Changer’s larger events throughout the year… BUT THIS IS THE VOLUNTEER SPOT FOR HIRE…Tonight you must show Derrick Steverson your beginners walk in a effect using all black, but incorporating (YELLOW CHAINS) in your effect showing the many (Links) of care that Game Changer provides for HIV positive individuals…You wanna stand out from the others so you can get this job..Show Derrick in a GothicWay(Look) You are the one to Hire…Don’t forget your Gothic Hair…Black Painted nails and Gothic Makeup…If Derrick doesn’t approve…ONE CHOP…You May bypass Derrick Stevenson if he doesn’t approve… A one time 10 dollar redemption if Chopped By Derrick/Any other judge or losing a battle $300.00 dollars Winners from all runway categories will battle last for the cash.
3. O.T.A. Face (The BirminGLAM PreShow) The Glambassador’s Fashion Police
TAKE(Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable Empowering) is a Non profit organization that provide supportive services for trans identified individuals to help improve quality of life for TWOC(Trans Women of Color) and The Magic City Acceptance Center (MCAC) provides a safe, supportive and affirming space for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer or Questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 13-24, adults, and children in Birmingham and surrounding areas. Take group is known for it’s RED pump being apart of there Logo..Take group also provides a Gay Second Chance prom where u come dressed to impress…The Magic City Acceptance Center simply lets all individuals know of the (LGBTQ) community that YOU ARE SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL…On tonight you must pass through The Glambassador’s of Take and The Magic City Acceptance Center for The BirminGLAM PreShow..BirminGLAM is a fundraiser thrown by The HIV Prevention Network that displays Birmingham’s designers, Stylists, Makeup artist ,Fashionistas and more.. This night you must bring forth a look as if your attending the BirminGLAM fundraiser and you are on display to be auctioned off as a date…Your Face must be ON..Your look must be ON…But you must gain access through The Glambassador’s of These Two Organizations(Show them why your King/Queen Carta/Face and Look must gain access …If they don’t see it ONE CHOP..You can skip them if they don’t see it for a one time 10 dollar redemption or if your chopped by any other judges/ If u lose a battle…Male figures in a European Fitted look or Suit don’t forget Your mask that goes with your look… A Jeweled Crown with a Jeweled Mirror(Showing you’re simply beautiful) Like The Magic city acceptance center says and Female Figures in a nice evening Gown It has to shine OR bring it with Shining Jewelry/Accessories and Female figures don’t forget your ALL RED PUMPS to represent TAKE group..Female figures you don’t have to wear them with your look but you can..But remember your on display to be auctioned off so you must display the Red Pumps in any creative way you see fit if not worn with your look…Who will be crowned The First Alabama $1000.00 dollar Face King/Queen for The BirminGLAM PreShow….Winner from all face categories will battle last for the cash…If you walk New Face earlier in this ball you can not walk this category. One time 10 dollar redemption if chopped/or if you lose a battle
4. New Face O.T.A. (Birthday Business)
UAB 1917 Clinic has a slogan they go by…(BIRTHDAY’S ARE OUR BUSINESS) This simply means that they specialize in enough care of all kinds for HIV positive individuals so they can live a long and healthy prosperous life…Debunking the theory that HIV is a death sentence in this day and age…In all Black bring it decorated with Birthday accessories (More than one accessory) Don’t forget to wear your Birthday Pin and bring a Poster with your birthdate displayed on it for the 1917 clinic..Winner of each face category will battle last for the cash..If you walk this category you will not be able to walk for 1k face…If you get chopped or lose a battle there is a one time 10 dollar redemption…$300.00 dollars.
5. O.T.A. Sex Siren (The checkered Bingo board)
The BAO believe in the value of smiling at each individual they serve. They believe in the power of laughter and the nourishment of a caring word. Each day the BAO Team changes lives. BAO is much more than a building that houses services – It’s a family with a rich history of caring for neighbors, friends, and individuals..BAO has been saving and transforming lives since 1985 as Alabama’s first AIDS Service Organization. The agency was founded as a “grass-roots” response to the devastating and fatal impact HIV/AIDS was having on the Birmingham community. Today BAO provides free services to over 800 HIV positive individuals and touches thousands of lives through community events, HIV testing, and prevention outreach..The mission of BAO is to enhance the quality of life for people living with HIV / AIDS, at-risk, affected individuals, and the LGBTQ community through outreach, age-appropriate prevention education, and supportive services. The BAO is really known for a few things like the Food Pantry and BINGO NIGHT….On this night I want A bingo checkered board representing The BAO..Show casing SEX SIREN in a all checkered board revealing look of your choice in color(Don’t forget to display some color on your skin from winning BINGO) and X must mark your BINGO SPOT..Show the BAO rep why your Siren is the Sexiest of them all and WHY your X is the Bingo Spot..If She/He doesn’t approve and don’t think your sexy. One Chop. You May bypass the rep with a one time 10 dollar redemption or if any other judge chop you and or if u lose a battle…Winner of all sex sirens will battle last for the cash $500.00 dollars.
6. Sneaker Vs Pump (The Truvada Stepper)
TRUVADA for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a prescription medicine that is used together with safer sex practices to help reduce the risk of getting HIV-1 through sex. This use is only for HIV-negative adults who are at high risk of getting HIV-1. But a assumption being, if you’re on Truvada you probably run around having sex with whoever you can is a stigma..Some are usually gonna say no to the side effects it may carry…Most LGBTQ carries the Stigma that they don’t want to pick up pills (Truvada) from a Clinic that treats HIV infected individuals, with a fear of being seen by others that may think they are HIV positive but not you.. Because YOU GONE STEP…Stepping up to the floor in a sneaker or pump worthy of walking you into the battle round. Get your 10s from the Health Department Rep in all black showcasing one Fact about Truvada on a poster and if they don’t see it One Chop..You can pay to by pass the rep our any other judge if they don’t see it or if you lose a battle. A one time $10 dollar redemption.. $200.00. (No repeats from any ball)
7. Realness O.T.A. (The Safe Haven)
The Hub is a welcoming, comfortable space for young gay, bisexual, and Trans men of color who are 13-29 years old…Although the demographic age group is 13-29 All age groups frequently visit. Many refer to the center as a “SAFE HAVEN”. (The Hub) A program of AIDS Alabama. AIDS Alabama’s mission is to devotes its energy and resources statewide to helping people with HIV/AIDS live healthy, independent lives and works to prevent the spread of HIV. This is a space used by many in Birmingham Alabama it’s like a Home to many. Some call it Church because you simply come just as you are. But on this night you have reached your Safe Haven but this Safe Haven place has been taken over by HETEROSEXUALS…But they don’t know your tea!!Or do they?!!! Serving nothing but your Realness as YOU ARE…No effect..No tricks..No stunts..No girlfriend votes..No politics..JUST REALNESS. Can you blend in and bypass the Heterosexuals Cis gender Male and Females coming again Just as you are?!?!?!?!!!!!!!!!!!! $1000.00 dollars ..A one time 10 dollar redemption can be made here if you’re chopped or lose a battle..All Realness winners will battle last for the Cash.
8. Cunt Vs Cunt (The Cover Up)
(of a person or their behavior) tending to attract attention because of their exuberance, confidence, and stylishness.
We face Stigma of all kinds not just dealing with HIV just simply being the Diva within us all. Tonight you’re going out to a cold place and you must face your fears. In the beautiful world bad things happen to good people. You’re newly diagnosed with The HIV virus but two years without care. You’re scared because it’s a cold world out there. In your best WINTER CUNT GEAR. Bring it Cunt in the best way you know how Out of Season (Winter)Because your gonna face the cold people in the world that frown upon HIV positive people. Show them you’re the Cunt Bitch In town and there is nothing wrong with being HIV positive. $200.00 dollars A one time 10 dollar redemption can be made if chopped/lose a battle.(No Repeats)
9. Runway O.T.A. (The Berlin Patients)
The first Berlin patient was described in 1998. After receiving an experimental therapy, the patient, who has remained anonymous, has maintained low levels of HIV and has remained off antiretroviral therapy. The world-renowned “second” Berlin patient, Timothy Ray Brown, had a bone marrow transplant on February 7, 2007 to cure his leukemia, and hopefully his HIV. The results of the procedure were presented by Dr. Gero Hütter at the CROI 2008 Conference in Boston. He received a stem cell transplant from a donor naturally immune to HIV and has remained off antiretroviral therapy since the first day of his stem cell transplant. Tonight you are walking down in honor of these Men in a look/effect inspired by The Berlin Wall. (Completely Concealed)..The Berlin Wall is decorated with lots of Graffiti designs..Special markings and Colors…You must bring the picture of which part of the wall you are representing since Berlin has lead to great research dealing with The HIV virus…$1000.00 dollars…A one time redemption of 10 dollar can be made if chopped/lose a battle..All winners of Runway will battle last for the cash.
10. Best Dressed (The Red Ribbon )
The red ribbon has become an internationally recognized symbol for AIDS awareness, worn by people throughout the year in support of people living with HIV and in remembrance of those who have died. On December 1st of this year, people around the world will be pinning on their red ribbons as they commemorate World AIDS Day. Tonight is December 1st and you’re invited to the biggest World AIDS Day conference in Birmingham. You are to dress to impress. In a Best Dressed look of your choice bring it but don’t forget to pin on your Red Ribbon in honor of this day.(No repeats from any ball) $300.00 dollars..A one time 10 dollar redemption if chopped/if u lose a battle.
11. Commentator vs Commentator (The 1988 activists)
AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) is an international direct action advocacy group working to impact the lives of people with AIDS (PWAs) and the AIDS pandemic to bring about legislation, medical research and treatment and policies to ultimately bring an end to the disease by mitigating loss of health and lives. ACT UP was effectively formed in March 1987 at the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center in New York. Larry Kramer was asked to speak as part of a rotating speaker series, and his well-attended speech focused on action to fight AIDS. Kramer spoke out against the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), which he perceived as politically impotent. Kramer had co-founded the GMHC but had resigned from its board of directors in 1983. But tonight Kramer is Back and the year is 2018 in your best activists/protesting gear bring it to the Mic and chant down as if your unleashing the Power this group did in 1988 shutting down your competition ….$300.00 dollars.. A one time 10 dollar redemption can be made if chopped/or lose a battle.
12. Shake that Ahh (The community fun)
I am the Originator of this category. I had this category years years ago when i was in The house of Chanel.. The Icon Sha Sha Chanel presented a ball here with my help i came up with something that we in Alabama is good at. Shaking your tail feather. We club together. We Laugh together. We dance together but most importantly in spite of all things that happen in our community dealing with The HIV Virus we have fun together. In memory of those we know that has died from this epidemic. Tonight in some fitted booty shorts show us how you bounce threw the many problems we face with HIV with sportsmanship and pride for those we love. Let’s have fun $200.00.. A one time 10 dollar redemption can be made if chopped/or if u lose a battle.
13. Jsette vs Jsette (The Director)
Many directors are appointed to the many HIV programs we have here. You are working along side this director and he has asked you to dance for his spot in the agency. Tonight following the rabbit of my choice. You must get your 10s following a 8 count in the exact same manner it is thrown to impress the director for his spot. Show us you why you are worthy of the competition and you should be picked for this position. In a band look of your choice $100.00 dollars..A one time 10 dollar redemption can be made if you’re chopped/or lose a battle.
14. Performance O.T.A. (The Pride Dancing Rainbow)
The rainbow flag, commonly known as the gay pride flag or LGBT pride flag, is a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride and LGBT social movements. Other older uses of rainbow flags include a symbol of peace and the colors reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, as the flag is often used as a symbol of gay pride during LGBT rights marches. While this use of the rainbow flag originated in Northern California’s San Francisco Bay Area, the flag is now used worldwide. Although HIV don’t affect us all tonight you are the HIV negative friend and we wanna show the pride, love ,respect and support we have for our peers that maybe struggling with any Stigma..Depression..Complications or any fear they may have about being HIV positive..To simply let them know you are not alone in this fight I am behind you and so is the World. In a all rainbow effect show them why you are Prideful of them fighting this epidemic..Dancing down with all 5 elements $1300.00 A one time 10 dollar redemption can be made if you’re chopped/or if you lose a battle. All winners will battle last for the cashFollow Shannon Garcon: