A Woman to Know: Angie Xtravaganza

I'm not a beauty, but I've got class. — Angie

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In 1982, Angie and several other trans performers founded House of Xtravaganza, the first Latino house in New York's gay ballroom scene. Both Angie and the House featured prominently in Jennie Livingston's controversial documentary, "Paris Is Burning." Angie nurtured dozens of homeless gay and trans youth in New York City's drag scene. "A mother is one who raises a child, not one who borns it," she told her children.
She died young, only 28, but many of her children memorialized Angie with an epic service held inside a nightclub, complete with an Angie shrine, floral wreaths arranged in "X"s and (of course) performances by all her favorite queens. The New York Times covered it for the Sunday Styles section, with a giant photo of Angie and the headline "Paris Has Burned."

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