Diversity is no mere slogan, but a challenging reality. Respect that is not reciprocated is subservience. As I would not have your beliefs imposed on me, so I must not impose mine on you. This is part of the social contract.
I have been attending vogue balls since I was a teenager. Now I feel that it is time to reinvent the ball, to make it more inclusive and diverse. I want to expand the appeal and reach of the ball to include every kind of person: gay, transgender, straight, rich, poor and everything in between.
By most historical accounts, vogue was first danced by black drag queens in Harlem. Admiring the rich and glamorous white women they saw strutting down Fifth Avenue and posing as models in the magazines, drag queens would emulate those women in the nightclubs.