The generation vogue performers immortalized in the 1990 documentary 'Paris is Burning' was almost completely wiped out by Aids.
That devastating trend is repeating itself: the number of young, gay New Yorkers newly infected with HIV is spiraling. Activists say that for the first time in decades, people are dying again.
The people who survived the epidemic of the 1990s lead the struggle to stop this generation making the same mistakes, a battle couched in the fierce competition of the drag balls.
Founded by Luna Ortiz, an activist who was infected with HIV at the age of 14, the annual Latex Ball lets veteran performers and their young charges play out that battle on stage.