Dedicated to providing support, education, awareness, and culturally competent resources to the Ballroom community struggling with crystal meth use and mental health-related conditions.
LOVE IS THE MESSAGE
The Ballroom Community?
The Ballroom Community, often referred to as the Ballroom Scene, is an enduring and self-sustaining community with deep historical roots dating back to the Harlem Renaissance Era. Emerging as a vibrant subculture within the Black and Latinx LGBTQ community of New York City, it was born out of the necessity for resilience, unity, artistic expression, and self-identity. For many, the Ballroom Community serves as a sanctuary of solace and solidarity.
Comprised of various Houses, extravagant Ball events, a Commentator, a Disc Jockey (DJ), and enthusiastic participants, the Ballroom Community has evolved into a cultural phenomenon. Beyond its local impact, this community has significantly influenced American popular culture and has sown the seeds of empowerment within LGBTQ communities worldwide.
We developed a needs assessment survey to capture the lived experiences that Ballroom members
are willing to share about crystal meth use. It's a quick survey, and we strongly encourage your participation.
FREE CRYSTAL METH TRAINING
Ballroom, We Care offers a comprehensive 3-hour Crystal Meth training program, available both in interactive virtual sessions and in-person sessions, at no cost to the community. We extend a warm invitation to organizations and agencies that serve the Ballroom community to participate in this training. Furthermore, we strongly encourage members of the Ballroom Community to engage in this program. By doing so, they can not only gain insight into the challenges of Meth use but also acquire the essential tools and knowledge required to support community members who may be grappling with Meth-related issues.
You Can Make a Dramatic Difference
If you or your organization run programs or activities related to crystal meth that are culturally sensitive and aligned with the experiences of our community, we invite you to click the link below to connect with us and be included in our list.
ATTEND ADVISORY MEETING
The most valuable advice and guidance often stem from the insights of Ballroom members, parents, leaders, mentors, role models, and allies. We invite community stakeholders with access to funding to actively engage in exploring non-HIV related services for the community.
"Not everything that is faced can be changed,
but nothing can be changed until it is faced."