The House of Blahnik (HOB) was founded in 2000 by a group of African American and Latino gay and transgender persons whose interest was to form a national social-network of progressive, supportive and creative individuals geared to developing and garnishing the talents/gifts of the “house/ball” community.
The HOB’s mission is to positively affect the overall development, health and wellness of its members, the larger lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities of color and their allies; while providing nurturing safe spaces for self-expression and continued growth.
The HOB is a nationally recognized lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community provider who specializes in the performing arts, specifically using its creative talent in the area of health promotion and disease prevention. The HOB has grown from its’ original 12 members, to more than 150. The HOB has chapters based throughout the US – in the following cities and states: Los Angeles, CA; Washington DC; Miami, FL; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Baltimore, MD; Detroit, MI; Buffalo, NY; New York, NY; Cleveland, OH; Philadelphia, PA; North & South Carolina; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX, and our membership reside in many other urban, suburban and rural areas in the United States.
Since it’s inception, the House of Blahnik has had many groundbreaking accomplishments, including:
- Featured editorial on Black Entertainment Television’s (BET) website (2012)
- Featured editorial in the New York Times (2012)
- “House of Blahnik Day” Proclamation from the City of Philadelphia by Mayor Michael Nutter (2010)
- Featured editorial in ELLE Magazine (2004 & 2006)
OUR HOUSE COLORS
Red– represents the struggles faced and the blood shed by our ancestors in the name of freedom and equality. It is a constant reminder to honor the legacy of our forefathers and the need to work collectively toward achieving our shared goals. The House of Blahnik recognizes that its’ members have the same blood flowing through their vein; one that is rich in pride, loyalty and hope.
Grey– represents individuality. It is not race, ethnicity, creed, or religion that makes an individual special. It is the innate qualities that one possesses that create his/her own unique character. The House of Blahnik celebrates the diversity within our family.
House of Blahnik, Inc. Leadership
Co-Executive Director- Damon L. Humes/Jay Blahnik, MHS
Co-Executive Director- S. Alex Williams
Associate Director, Ballroom Division- Lady Blahnik
Associate Director, Ballroom Division- Kamaro Blahnik
Treasurer- Anthony E. Fox, MS
Secretary- Julie E. Rosado, MOL
Member- Marlon M. Bailey, PhD, MFA
Member- Lisa Diane White, MPH
Member- Mackey R. Friedman, PhD, MPH
Co-Executive Director- Damon L. Humes, MHS (ex-officio)
Co-Executive Director- S. Alex Williams (ex-officio)