7th Annual Know Your Status Free Ball at the Patapsco Arena in Photos

Each year, the city health department sponsors a free Vogue Ball to promote HIV testing and awareness. Vogue is a dance style popular in the LGBT community (as depicted in the award-winning documentary Paris Is Burning, and popularized by pop songs such as Madonna's Vogue) that mixes free form dance elements, floorwork and modelling-inspired moves. Various health groups offer testing, informational materials and the crowd watches dancers compete in a variety of contests - the only real requirement to participate (besides enthusiasm and style) is that each competitor must have a red ribbon, which signifies that they have had their on-site HIV test. (Josh Sisk)

Josh Sisk
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