Egyptt LaBeija has lived an incredible life and wouldn’t change a thing about it – neither the highs nor the lows. Now she’s ready to give back to the community.
So in 2015 is when I was asked to be in the House of LaBeija.
It was intense because that wasn’t sure if this is what I wanted to do.
But it was also an honor because it is a prestigious house, one of the first houses of ballroom.
When I went to the meeting, I was voted in.
And I was there for a reason because.
The younger generation needed guidance.
Yes, I still walk balls, but my main focus is on mentoring the younger generation on
ballroom, but also education and job ready, because without either one of those, how can
you walk a ball?
Because you need to have a foundation in order to get to a ball.
And I’m happy and proud of all the kids, because they’re going to school, they have jobs, they
have their own apartments.
So they’re doing good.
I am a part of Gino Entertainment LLC and I am the ambassador of the White Shirt Project.
Instead of verbally talking about mental illness, it’s visual It’s photos taking of people
who deal with mental health issues.
A lot of times what people do when they say mental health, they push it under the rug.
And because of that and me loving myself, it’s given me the strength to be who I am
Because I don’t have to hide behind my transition, I don’t have to hide behind my mental illness,
I do not have to hide behind anything any longer.
I can just open my mouth and speak.
If people don’t like who I am or what I represent, then they’re not supposed to be in my life.
I am here today to let people know that they are somebody.
Everyone should be able to get what they are supposed to get in this life without discrimination,
of this sexual orientation or their lifestyle or their age or their color or their gender.
Things like that are not necessary when it comes to, if I need to eat, if I need a job,
if I need a place to stay, if I need medical care.
So when people discriminate against anyone, whether you’re cis gender, male or female,
or in the LGBT community, everyone deserves what they need.
So today I am a coordinator for a program called Destination Tomorrow, which is now
the Bronx LBGTQ Center.
I facilitate a group they are called RealTalk.com, where we talk about every day situations and
it’s real talk.
And my group is nondenominational, there’s no age, there’s no preference whether you’re
straight, gay, bisexual.
It doesn’t matter.
I am still doing shows all over the place.
Wherever they send me, I go.
When people think of me and when they say my name, a lot of times a lot of people just
put me in certain categories.
“Oh she’s a ballroom girl.
Oh, she’s a pageant girl.
Oh she’s an entertainer.
When I’m more than just that.
There are people that’s not in those aspects that know me for doing the advocacy work,
my lobbying work, my tabling work, because there’s more to me than just pageants, ballrooms
I am so rounded that I want people to see all of me and not just the glamorous part.
I never forget where I come from and who I used to be.
And growing up in this small town as a young child, as the image of a boy that I did not
feel who I was, and the struggles that I had to go through to get to where I am today – I
have to say that I am proud that I made the choices that I made and I wouldn’t change
I wouldn’t change anything because if I could change something, I wouldn’t be who I am today.
When I leave this body, I want to leave behind a legacy that people are going to always remember,
that she did this and she did that, she made a difference in this world.
And that’s the legacy I want to leave behind.
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