All candidates for membership must fill out an application in order to be considered. Please read over all the information on this page, and then click on the “Membership Application link” on the left panel to go to the online application. Members accepted will have a 180-day introductory period. This application, once submitted, will be reviewed and passed along to the membership committee for a decision. You will be notified of this decision either via phone or email.
Below is a downloadable and editable copy of the membership application. Please download it and fill it out right on your computer. When you are done, save it, and then email it back to us. The email address is located on the document.
Thank you for considering membership with the House of Blahnik.
The House of Blahnik was founded in 2000 by African American and Latino gay and transgender persons whose primary goal was to form a social network of progressive, supportive, and creative individuals dedicated to developing and garnishing the talents and gifts of the “ballroom” community. The House of Blahnik is much more than just a ballroom house it is first an organization. The House of Blahnik provides scholarships to ballroom members (both inside and outside of Blahnik), conducts HIV prevention and overall wellness programming across the country, is a leader in HIV prevention clinical research education in the ballroom community, and advocates on behalf of the ballroom community internationally to audiences in the areas of public health and social justice.
What Makes Blahnik A Success: The Three
We believe wholeheartedly in our own abilities. We deem our challenges as our unique defining characteristics that attribute to our specialness. We always conduct ourselves with integrity. We understand that our lives have endless possibilities and collectively we can overcome the impossible. In us lie hope and an immeasurable amount of courage!
We want the HOB to be the best family and organization ever assembled! We must be extraordinarily caring, like extensions of our own biological families. We must be supportive in times of personal difficulty, create opportunities for personal, professional and social growth, and always make an effort to listen to your brothers and sisters. Every family member will be treated with dignity and respect at all times.
We believe great houses have a moral core. We care deeply about our communities and we demonstrate this commitment by vanquishing negative unwarranted energy towards others. We respect others and what they are trying to achieve. We believe in difference and not superiority. All of us are ethical and honest.
Where We Are
East: D.C.-Maryland-Virginia (DMV)
Midwest: Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana (OKI)
North: Western NY/NYC
South: Atlanta, GA; Birmingham, AL; Dallas/Houston, TX; Orlando/Miami, FL
West: Los Angeles/Oakland, CA