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EPISODE #11 | Cece Catwalks Into the Future

Pronouns: She/Her

As a member of the original, legendary Royal House of LaBeija, Cece (she/her) explains how her ballroom background helped her deal with a difficult health diagnosis.

I will continue to fight for the next generation. I’m paying it forward now, just like so many others did for me.

Episode Notes:

This is Episode 11, the Season 5 finale of The TMI Project Podcast: Black Trans Stories Matter featuring Cece Suazo. Cece is a life-long trans activist and artist. She was honored with the 2018 Advocate Magazine Award for her contributions to the ballroom community and performing arts. She has appeared in numerous off-Broadway productions. As the 1st trans woman of color at WOW Cafe Theater, she’s produced many works in her 12 years as a collective member. Cece is also one of the founders of TRANSLAB where she recently did a residency in partnership with The Public Theater & WP Theater. Ms. Suazo’s ballroom career began in 1988 as the youngest member in the Iconic House Of LaBeija. She earned Legendary status in 2010, and departed the house after 27 years in 2013.


Episode Contributors:

Kiebpoli Calnek (they/them), Host, Writer, Editor
Erik Harris (he/him), Host, Writer, Editor
Cece Suazo (she/her), Storyteller

Storytelling Prompt:

How has finding chosen family impacted your life?

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