House of LaBeija is a prominent drag family founded by Crystal LaBeija and Lottie LaBeija in 1972. Crystal and Lottie established the House of LaBeija in response to racial prejudice in the New York  ballroom scene. Their first event was called "Crystal & Lottie LaBeija presents the first annual House of Labeija Ball at Up the Downstairs Case on West 115th Street & 5th Avenue in Harlem, NY."  This is thought to be the birth of  house culture as it is known today. Houses serve as alternative families, primarily for  gay, gender nonconforming and transgender youth and others who feel ostracized from conventional support systems.
House mothers and fathers [ edit ]
Like other drag families, the House of LaBeija is structured like a family, with a house “mother” and “father” who oversee and direct the group.
1972 - 1982
Founding House Mother
1982 - 2003
Performed against Avis Pendavis and Dorian Corey at "Legends Statements and Stars Part 1: Mother vs Mother"
2017 - present
1986 - ?
Freddie LaBeija Powell
? - present
Notable members [ edit ]
? - ?
Emceed "Paris Is Burning Ball" and "Avis Pendavis Presents: Autumn in the Fall," both in 1984
Andre Ovanhess LaBeija Revlon
Dec 1988 - 1992
 Founded the House of Mizrahi with Heidi Allure in 1992
Gerald Dupree LaBeija
Attended "Legends, Statements, and Stars Part 2: Club Red Zone in 1990
Portia LaBeija McQueen
"Peppa LaBeija, Portia LaBeija McQueen and John Moschino McQueen Ball" held in 2000
Appeared on "The Star and Buc Wild Radio Show" in 2005 to promote "How Do I Look?" film/documentary
? - present
Poet, performer, and activist
Justin "Monster" LaBeija
? - present
Kiki scene icon
Past events [ edit ]
Peppa LaBeija and the House of LaBeija Presents: "The Royal House of Sunshine Balls"
Tommie Presents: "The House of LaBeija Ball"
Tommie LaBeija Presents: "The Labeija Ball Honoring Peppa LaBeija
References [ edit ]
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Street, Mikelle (August 19, 2016). "The Iconic Drag Queen Behind Frank Ocean's 'Endless. '" VICE. Archived from the original on June 14, 2018 . Retrieved . January 23, 2019
Jones Chanel, Isla (March 26, 2015). "A GIF Guide to Voguing (+ Short History)". Standard Culture. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018.
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BURRUS, KEVIN OMNI (April 30, 2015). "Harlem Ballroom Historic Timeline". Archived from the original on December 27, 2018.
Graham, Annabel (January 18, 2018). "The Underside of Glamour: An Interview of Kia LaBeija". Autre Magazine. Archived from the original on January 23, 2019 . Retrieved . January 23, 2019
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Silva, Horacio (December 12, 2018). "Kia LaBeija Is Remodeling One of Ballroom's Legendary Houses For the Future". W Magazine. Archived from the original on December 12, 2018 . Retrieved . January 23, 2019