“Pose” star Angelica Ross will be honored in Miami on Oct. 12 as part of Unity Coalition/Coalición Unida’s 9thannual Celebrate Orgullo festival. The transgender actress will be awarded the Trailblazer award at the Art of Fashion gala at the Frost Museum of Art FIU, 10975 S.W. 17th St. in Miami.
With her new role in “American Horror Story: 1984,” Ross is making history as the first transgender performer to be cast in two network series roles. She is the founder and CEO of TransTech Social Enterprises, an organization dedicated to employing transgender people in the tech industry.
Ross brought LGBT issues to the forefront of the 2020 presidential election when she was chosen last month to host GLAAD’s Presidential Candidate Forum on LGBTQ Issues, featuring the 10 leading presidential candidates.
The program will also spotlight rising Hispanic LGBTQ fashion designers, including Bo Khasamarina,Chloe Martini,Chaplin Tyler, Miguel Rodez, Ralk Vidaland andJuan Mantilla; and community activist Melba De Leon will receive the annual volunteer award.
Diva Dolls created in tribute to legendary local drag performers will be auctioned at the gala and guests will have the opportunity to tour the “Art after Stonewall” museum exhibit, one of the largest LGBTQ traveling collections on display at the Frost Museum through January.
Tickets for the gala are $80 in advance and $40 for guests under 21. The event is expected to sell oute early, according to organizers.
"Our 9th annual Celebrate Orgullo festival celebrates the art of fashion, honoring the LGBTQ designers and artists that push on towards equality for all," saidthe organization’s CEO Herb Sosa in a statement. "As we honor the50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprisings…the marches on the streets and on the runways continue today because we are still not equal.Because we are still attacked, beaten and killed for who and how we love. This year’s eventscarry the torch of creativity forward, for the future generations of LGBT creatives who will continue to impact our culture."
The gala is just one of several events planned during Hispanic Heritage Month in October to showcase the creative contributions of South Florida’s LGBTQ Latinx community, Sosa emphasized.
Other Celebrate Orgullo events include the popular Art Diva bus tours, Oct. 5 and 6 from 2 – 6 p.m. Local drag performers serve as the hostesses on board busses that transport guests to LGBTQ-themed exhibits and art installations in Miami, Miami Beach and Oakland Park Tickets are $20 and the tours have sold out in recent years.
Unity Coalition/Coalición Unida’s 9th annual Celebrate Orgullo festival is being held through Oct. 15.
For a complete schedule and tickets to the Art Diva bus tours and Art of Fashion gala, go to CelebrateOrgullo.com.