Hector Xtravaganza, a founding member of the House of Xtravaganza, a pioneer in New York’s ball and vogueing scene has died.
Also known as the house Grandfather, his death was announced on House of Xtravaganza’s Facebook;
“It is with profound sadness the House of Xtravaganza family announce the passing of our beloved Grandfather Hector. He was a friend to everyone he met, a source of inspiration for all who knew him, and a cornerstone of our House family. Arrangements for a celebration of Hector’s life will be shared in the coming days.”
Xtravaganza worked as a consultant on the acclaimed Pose from Ryan Murphy and Steven Canals, who recently paid tribute to the ball scene pioneer on Twitter saying,
“When I met Hector Xtravaganza I called him Abuelo. He embraced me & said, ‘I have a new grandson.’ I didn’t know my grandfathers so having him meant the world. His last text to me was ‘I’m proud of you.’ I’m proud of you too.”
Pose writer and producer Our Lady J also tweeted out condolences.
“The world lost a bright light today. Rest In Peace, Grandfather Hector Xtravaganza.”
Xtravganza was a dance and an activist and helped start the House of Xtravaganza back in ’82, a time of growth in New York for the underground ball scene. As seen in Pose, the ball scene was a safe space for men and women of the LGBTQ community — particular those from Black and Latino communities.
Hector Xtravaganza was 60
Some you meet & make a soul connection. When I met Hector Xtravaganza I called him Abuelo. He embraced me & said, “I have a new grandson.” I didn’t know my grandfathers so having him meant the world. His last text to me was “I’m proud of you.” I’m proud of you too. ❤️ #RIP pic.twitter.com/LSny07sk3z
— Steven Canals (@StevenCanals) December 31, 2018