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Blanca Evangelista (nee Rodriguez)

Played by Mj Rodriguez

Blanca starts off the show with a life-changing diagnosis of HIV, and from there decides from there that she wants to live the rest of her life to the fullest. Despite the harshest circumstances, Blanca is a warm-hearted, tough but fair-minded and resilient young woman who fights for the people that she loves and grows stronger and more confident as the series progresses. She leaves her mother Elektra's house and strikes out on her own. She is highly ambitious and caring and wants the best for everyone and herself, even as her own life expectancy starts to dwindle. In season 2, Blanca's life gets more complicated from learning that her HIV status has advanced into AIDS to becoming a nail salon owner and losing it by her evil landlord Fredrica Norman to Candy's brutal murder to dealing with Angel's drug addiction to almost dying in the finale, Blanca goes thru the most, but she always pushes through.

  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: She will help anyone in her community who needs help, even people like Elektra or Candy who are antagonistic towards her. [When Elektra accidentally gets a client killed, she has to push Blanca away in order to prevent her from getting involved in the very-illegal disposal of the body.
  • Determinator: Bolstered by her HIV diagnosis, Blanca is driven to leave her mark on the world.
  • Empty Nest: At the end of "Revelations", Blanca finds herself bereft of her children, as Damon is hired for a job in Europe, while Angel confesses to doing cocaine and voluntarily leaves the House for violating its rules. Blanca is devastated over the loss.
  • Good Bad Girl: During her early 20s, Blanca was promiscuous, mostly desperate for love and attention, until she began to mature but her past came back, giving her HIV/AIDS.
  • Education Mama: Fiercely pushed Damon to concentrate on trying out for the New School for Dance and later on when he starts to slack in his studies, she bans him from the balls to straighten up. This ends up paying off, as he graduates at the top of his class and lands a major gig in Europe.
    • In season 2, it's revealed that she pushed Lil Papi to get his GED.
  • Mama Bear: Blanca is fiercely protective of her children to the point where she threw Lil Papi out for dealing and for putting the rest of the house in danger. She wants to push her children to be the best people they can be.
  • Never Accepted In Her Hometown: After her mother dies, Blanca goes back to visit for the funeral, earning her derision from her family who didn't accept her transition and almost gets her attacked by her brother. Her sister plays the Token Good Teammate of her family and tells her while Blanca's mother couldn't understand her transition, she still loved her very much.
  • Stepford Smiler: Shows signs of this as her condition worsens; she puts on a brave face for her house and her children.
  • Tough Love: She forbids her children from working in prostitution or drug-dealing, and if one of her kids is in school, she will expect them to maintain their grades even if she has to forbid them from competing in the balls so they can focus on their studies. That said, she genuinely loves her children and wants the best for them.

    Pray Tell 

Pray Tell

Played by Billy Porter

Pray Tell is the emcee of the balls. He's loud and vivacious and brings flair and energy to the balls. Outside of the balls, he's a fashion designer who cares for his friends (especially Blanca and House Evangelista) and community, even as his partner's life starts to fail due to AIDS and he gets his own bad news health-wise. During Season 2, Pray goes through some rough situations from losing another boyfriend due to AIDS to Candy's brutal murder to almost dying from complications. However, Pray pushes through, grows closer to Ricky, who has just discovered his HIV status, and builds a relationship with him, and by the season 2 finale, Pray decides to express his femininity and heal from his childhood trauma and insecurities.

  • The Alcoholic: In season 3, his grief at the continuing AIDS crisis and his own declining career and health overwhelm him and he starts drinking heavily.
  • Camp Gay: Even without his campy balls emcee behavior, Pray Tell is a fashion designer, well-groomed and sassy.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: His stepfather was a pedophile who started molesting him when he was 12; He also revealed his father used to physically and emotionally abuse him for being feminine and gay, causing Pray to reserve his femininity in public, and he only knew how to express himself in the balls and with his fellow emcees.
  • Death Seeker: He's trying to overcome this tendency and not be bogged down by HIV and possible death.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: After learning that Ricky is developing KS legions, Pray starts giving him his experimental drugs, which leads to his death but allows Ricky to survive long enough to get legitimate treatments.
  • Large Ham: As the ballroom emcee, as well as in his personal life, he is very campy.
  • Sad Clown: As the head emcee of the Ball system, Pray Tell is a full of life, sass, and a non-stop producer of witty one liners and jokes. But once the ball ends, he's a horribly depressed figure dealing with having AIDS (which killed his lover and countless friends) and the impact it's having on the gay community in New York that is his surrogate family. On top of that, Pray Tell is a victim of childhood sexual abuse and intense physical abuse from his parents, who never approved of his homosexuality. By 1994, Pray Tell developed a drinking problem, tried to force Ricky to stay in their toxic relationship, went to rehab for a bit but eventually got partially blind and decided to take the HIV cocktail drugs. Although Pray's health got better, he died from AIDS- related complications in 1996. Out of all of the characters, Pray Tell was the most tragic figure.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Pray Tell enjoys dressing up in his finery.
  • Stepford Smiler: He puts up the front of being well kept together as well as ruling over the ballroom. However, the overwhelming horror of the AIDS pandemic and the number of people Pray has buried (including his lover) has led to him having to repress his rage and grief for his friends and community's sake.


Elektra Abundance/Wintour (nee Jackson)

Elektra is the head of the House of Abundance, a dominant house on the ballroom scene. She rules her house with an iron fist and a sharp tongue and expects nothing less than excellence from them. She is also quite wealthy due to her sugar daddy, who loves her body. But Elektra wants to get gender reassignment surgery to complete her transition, something that could put her at odds with her benefactor — and on the streets. In Season 2, Elektra rebuilds her Queen Bee reputation by recruiting new members for the House of Wintour. After Candy's brutal murder, Elektra slowly calms down her mean girl antics and grows closer to Blanca, Angel, and Lulu, forming a stronger sisterhood.

  • The Ace: She is the reigning queen of New York's ballroom scene.
  • Alpha Bitch: Glamorous, extremely self-absorbed, mean-spirited, and conniving, serves as New York's Ballroom Bitch Supreme.
  • Bad Boss: Elektra jealously monitors her followers' movements, mocks and belittles any of them who show an independent streak, and steals any good ideas that they have, and presents them as her own. This comes back to bite her in the ass in "Pink Slip"; when her money dries up, her children all abandon her.
  • Break the Haughty: After being dumped by her sugar daddy, she briefly ends up homeless and working as a sex worker to make ends meet.
  • Dominatrix: By the time of season 2, she has found her true calling as a professional domme, which not only suits her personality to a tee but also pays for her extensive material needs.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • While Elektra loves winning and can be ruthless in competition, she would never stoop to outright cheating. When Candy and Lulu try to win the Princess Ball by bullying Blanca into quitting, she brings down the wrath of God on them, scaring several of their children into defecting.
    • She is genuinely shaken by the accidental death of her client Paul, and is even prepared to go to the police, and has to be talked out of it by Candy, who points out that even if she had nothing to do with the death, the police will still throw her in jail just for being a trans dominatrix.
    • For all the abuses that she's willing to heap upon her children, she would never dream of taking sexual advantage of one of them. She is thus outraged when she learns that Pray had sex with Ricky.
  • Fiction 500: Her dealings with the Italian mafia in season 3 put her wealth into ridiculous spheres. Abundance indeed.
  • Foil: In the first season, she's a foil for Blanca. They're both very good at pushing their children to new heights and winning trophies at the balls, but while Blanca nurtures her children, Elektra uses intimidation and economic dependence to keep hers in line.
  • Freudian Excuse: Her mother was a controlling sociopath who prayed for a son so that "she would have a man in her life that would never leave her" and who dreamed of having him completely and utterly subservient to her so that he would carry out her every need and whim. When she found out that Elektra was trans, she banished her from their home with only her purse and a headscarf and even banned her from using a trunk to pack up her valuables, claiming "the trunk was in her home and as such, her property along with everything else Elektra owned" even if they were bought with Elektra's own money.
  • It's All About Me: Takes the credit for every good thing anyone in her house accomplishes, even if it has nothing to do with her.
  • Jerkass: She's mean, nasty, and downright unpleasant at times, even to her own children.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: While Elektra is often a shallow, superficial diva and vicious mean girl, she deeply cares for her friends and fellow members of the ballroom community. By 1991, She has managed to go from the wicked Queen of the ballroom scene to one of the well-respected mothers, while still retaining her Queen Bee persona.
  • Large Ham: Most likely why she's great at what she does, she's showy, ostentatious and speaks in Purple Prose.
  • Lovable Alpha Bitch: she stills comes as a huge bitch to others but as the series progresses, Elektra shows her selfless, kind heart and her fierce loyalty as she grows closer to Blanca and the others.
  • Mama Bear: While she is often selfish and negligent towards her children, if anyone messes with her daughters, she will bring down the wrath of Elektra on them.
  • Rich Bitch: Glamorous, loves the finer things in life, has an impeccable taste in decor, style, and fashion, and highly snobbish, but once you get to know her, she is a good person at heart who often speaks her mind, provides wisdom, and stands up for her community.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Towards the end of season 2, she starts making a real effort to repair her relationships with her daughters. She says that she didn't receive a farewell vision from Candy and fears that it's because she drove Candy away, and she doesn't want to experience that again.


Angel Evangelista (nee Vasquez)

Played by Indya Moore

Known in the ball scene for her beauty, Angel is originally a daughter of the House of Abundance, and she leaves with Blanca to form the House of Evangelista. She makes money doing sex work on the street, leading her into a passionate and tumultuous affair with Stan. In Season 2, she pursues modeling professionally. As her career begins to blossom, she faces many of the pitfalls that come from the industry - assault, exploitation, and a cocaine habit. By the season 2 finale, Angel's modeling career is nearly ruined when she's outed as trans, but with the help of Lil Papi, now her boyfriend, she is an international supermodel under his talent management agency for young and aspiring trans women.

  • Ambiguously Christian: She has mentioned lighting candles for the orishas, suggesting that she was raised in the Santerian faith.
  • Best Friend: During Season 1 and early season 2, She is best friends with Blanca, but after Candy's death, she grows closer to Elektra and Lulu, forming a stronger sisterhood.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Through hard work, sacrifice, and compromise, she and Papi end the series as a happy, successful couple with a kid.
  • Good Bad Girl: Despite being a hooker in her teens and early 20s, Angel has always been a sweet-natured, sociable person who is admired by most people, especially her clients.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: In the first season, Angel works the piers, as well as the peep show booths, but she is a Nice Girl. In the second season, Blanca bans her from working the piers and pushes her into becoming a model.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: Angel desires love and affection and being swept off her feet. Her fling with Stan fulfilled that need until she realized their worlds were just too different. Fortunately, Angel slowly builds self-love and self-confidence as she starts a relationship with Lil Papi.
  • Naturalized Name: Subverted; unlike most of the other trans women on the show, she doesn't have a deadname and has always been called "Angel".
  • Nice Girl: She's charming and friendly and is fiercely protective of her friends. Notably, she doesn't "read" other trans woman in the cast, and will often help other trans women who feel down about their appearance. She is also empathetic and tries her best to uplift her fellow members.
  • Promoted to Parent: While her drug use ended her chances of becoming a House Mother, she does end up coming a stepmom, helping Papi to raise his son Beto.
  • So Beautiful, It's a Curse: Angel is beautiful and is often assumed to be a cis woman, something that can land her modeling gigs but also gets some envy from some ladies in the ballroom scene as well as her romantic drama with Stan and being taken advantage of by a photographer.
  • We Used to Be Friends: She was very close to Candy before leaving the House of Abundance. She's also Lemar's cousin and was with him and Cubby back before they all got adopted by Elektra, which makes it all the more painful for her when Lemar makes his Face–Heel Turn in season 3.


Damon Evangelista (nee Richards)

Played by Ryan Jamaal Swain

Damon was a homeless youth who was kicked out of his house for being gay. When he was dancing for change, he was discovered by Blanca who immediately recruited him for the House of Evangelista. From there, he joins the New School for Dance for school and becomes a valuable asset for the House of Evangelista. While navigating the new world of the ballroom, he also learns to be responsible, believe in himself, and even fall in love. In season 2, Damon grows from being a naive doormat to a more assertive young man, ready to follow his dreams and becomes a voice of reason. In season 2 finale, Damon returns to reunite with his friends and family and it's revealed that he is an international dance instructor and House Father, expanding the Evangelista Family oversees.

  • The Ace: At dancing; he's so good that he was let in the New School of Dance after the cutoff date. He also becomes the most successful of Blanca's children, landing a huge job in Paris.
  • Gayngst: Downplayed; He is upset he was thrown out of his home by his dad, but once he was in NYC and part of House of Evangelista, he fully embraces his sexuality and newfound freedom.
  • Parental Abandonment: Starts off the series kicked out of his home for being gay by his parents.
  • Put on a Bus: Sometime between season 2 and 3, he developed a drinking problem which presumably ended his career in Paris. When returning to Blanca's care fails to prevent him from relapsing, he departs to live with a cousin in Charleston.
  • Token Wholesome: Being newly out of the closet compared to his siblings, he doesn't have a history of drugs or prostitution and has only ever done legitimate work like teaching dancing.

    Lil Papi 

Lil Papi Evangelista (nee Esteban Martinez)

Lil Papi was a homeless young hustler and dealer before being adopted to the Evangelistas. He tends to be rougher around the edges than the other Evangelistas and frequently butts heads with his brothers, but he is extremely loyal to Blanca. Despite his street-smart ways, he has a playful and carefree personality, providing humor to the family. In Season 2, Lil Papi finishes his GED and grows closer to Angel, slowly building a relationship with her. In the season 2 finale, he decides to have his own modeling agency for young and aspiring trans women and be Angel's manager, so she can continue her modeling career.

  • Big Brother Instinct: Mess with his family, and he will beat the crap out of you.
  • Boring, but Practical: Whereas most of his siblings aspire to become professional models or dancers, he manages to parlay his former life as a hustler into becoming a talent manager. It's not as flashy as modelling or dancing, but it's steady work and it pays well enough.
  • Comedic Relief Character: One of the funniest, most light-hearted characters on the show. Although he matures into a more sensible young man in season 2, he still retains his playful, carefree attitude towards life, provides hilarious moments within the darkest storylines.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: After all his hard work, he ends the series with a beautiful wife, a respectable career, and a son who adores him.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Towards the end of season 1, he is kicked out of the Evangelistas and joins House of Ferocity, but it doesn't last.
  • Happily Married: He and Angel end the series happily married with a child.
  • In Touch with His Feminine Side: He is open about his bisexuality and mostly eschews the typical Latino stereotypes about masculinity.
  • Not So Stoic: For all his tough-guy act, he breaks down crying when Blanca reveals that she has AIDS.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He believes that a real man should be willing to fight to protect those he loves but should also be affectionate, be compassionate, be able to cook actual food, and be open with his feelings.
  • Refuge in Audacity: In the second season finale, he talks Ms. Ford into hiring him as a manager, despite his lack of experience.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In season 2, he has grown extremely loyal to Blanca.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Boyfriend in this case. Even before they’re official, he beats up the photographer that assaults and blackmails Angel, viciously.


Ricky Evangelista

Played by Dyllon Burnside

Ricky is Damon's boyfriend, and a professional dancer. He is one of the less reliable members of House of Evangelista, only staying loyal so that Blanca will allow him to continue seeing Damon. Wild and promiscuous, Ricky uses his charm and good looks to seduce almost any guy in NYC. However, he seems to shed his player reputation as he learns his HIV status, grows closer to Pray Tell and builds a relationship with him. In season 2, Damon dumps him and he immediately defects to the House of Wintour.

  • Being Evil Sucks: In season 2, he defects to the House of Wintour and quickly grows to regret it, as Elektra has no interest in his well-being.
  • Broken Ace: He's a great dancer and a strong competitor in "Face" categories, but he's needy and self-destructive. In season 2, he learns that he's HIV-positive.
  • George Jetson Job Security: The House of Wintour only values him because he brings in professional-dancer money. Elektra makes it clear that the instant he stops getting callbacks, she will throw him out.
  • Likes Older Men: He falls in love with Pray Tell and ends up moving in with him.
  • Really Gets Around: Known for his charm and rugged good looks, Ricky is quite promiscuous and cocky in getting men. However once he learns bout his HIV status, Ricky gradually matures from his wild child ways. By the late 90s, Ricky becomes a house father of the new House of Abundance children.

  • Sex for Solace: Ricky tends to use sex and intimacy as a crutch, he Really Gets Around, and has sex with Pray Tell to show affection towards him.
  • ShoutΟut: In the series finale, his "Evangelista" arm tattoo mirrors the arm tattoos of the late Hector Xtravaganza.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In the third season, with Damon Put on a Bus, Ricky becomes Blanca's surrogate-son figure and Papi's surrogate-brother figure.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: He dislikes condoms and frequently goads Damon into condomless sex. He's also on the receiving end of this from his rebound boyfriend, Chris, who's only interested in him for sex.
  • Troubled, but Cute: He is very attractive and genuinely loves Damon, but he has a constant hunger for attention.


Candy Ferocity (nee Johnson)

Played by: Angelica Ross

The co-founder and co-Mother of the House of Ferocity. Like Blanca, Elektra, and Angel, she is a veteran of the House of Abundance. Unlike them, she lacks grace or diplomacy, and has a very bad temper that gets her into trouble in the balls. Fearless and blunt-spoken, Candy isn't afraid to speak her mind, challenge the judges in any category, schemes to do whatever it takes to gain respect. Along with Elektra and Lulu, Candy is one of the meanest girls in the ballroom community. In Season 2, Candy is brutally murdered in a hotel and after her death, Candy's legacy lives on through a lip sync category called Candy's Sweet Refrain. As a spirit, she occasionally visits her friends during difficult times.

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Much of Candy's frustration comes from the fact that she's a "face" performer in a scene where almost everyone else excels in "body" categories.
  • Broken Ace: She was Elektra's favorite daughter once upon a time and a rising star in the ballroom. Now she's a bitter fading star who leads one of the poorest Houses.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She is the funniest and most entertaining character, delivering sassy one-liners and vicious insults to various characters, mainly Blanca and Elektra Aside from Elektra, Candy is the snarkiest, most hot-headed of the mothers, not afraid to throw shade at other members in various houses nor get violent and confrontational.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Candy lashes out at the slightest provocation.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In "Never Felt Love Like This Before", the owner of the funeral house reveals that Candy had attended nearly every funeral for every AIDS-related death in the city.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Candy and comes up with the craziest schemes in order to gain some respect and admiration in the ballroom scene.
  • Shoot the Dog: Her death remains the most shocking, saddest moment in primetime tv history.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: In the early days of the House of Abundance, Candy was favored by Elektra because she was the House's only "face" performer. Unfortunately for her, Angel came along and was better at face categories, and instead of recognizing her own limitations and trying to improve her skills, she became convinced that the judges were simply biased against her. In the present, Candy participates in categories she has no business being in and often times misses the entire point of challenges, all the while taunting Pray Tell.
  • Stupid Evil: Her temper tantrums often cost the House of Ferocity trophies that they might have won because she forgets that as a House Mother, her behavior reflects on her children.
  • We Used to Be Friends: She used to be close to Angel back when they were both in the House of Abundance, but once Angel defected to the House of Evangelista and Candy kept losing to her, Candy got bitter about it.


Lucinda "Lulu" Ferocity

Played by: Hailie Sahar

A co-founder of the House of Ferocity, and its Mother. Like many of the other major female characters, she is a veteran of the House of Abundance, where she was Elektra's second-in-command. Between her and Candy, Lulu has a chilled disposition and doesn't express her feelings too much. During season 1 and early season 2, Lulu is one of the vicious mean girls, consistently teases Blanca's ability as a mother, and often schemes with Candy and sometimes Elektra against Blanca and her family during the balls. After Candy's death, Lulu struggles on how she'll keep the House of Ferocity going. However, she eventually moves forward by building a stronger role as sole mother of her family, becomes nicer and more kindhearted by making amends with her former frenemies Blanca, Angel, and Elektra and become best friends, building a stronger sisterhood.

  • Break the Haughty: For nearly all of the first season and part of the second, she is arrogant, secure in the belief that one day, she would become a House Mother, either by succeeding Elektra or starting her own House. In season 2, mounting financial difficulties and Candy's death quickly relegate her House to the bottom. Once she makes peace and grows closer to Blanca and the others, sheds most of her mean girl ways, and becomes a fan favorite, Lulu gets nominated for Mother of the Year of 1991.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Like Angel, she is more easygoing, has a sarcastic, playful sense of humor but rarely loses her cool.
  • Genius Ditz: She was planning to become an accountant before falling under Elektra's less-than-supportive influence. Blanca encourages her to make another go at it.
  • Smarter Than You Look: Lulu starts off a quiet sidekick/BFF to Candy, being one of the mean girls in season 1 and the first few episodes of season 2. However, after Candy's death and as Lulu begins to be more of an independent person, she starts re-thinking her priorities, and decides to go back to school in hopes of becoming an accountant.
  • The Starscream: Lulu was this when she was still in Abundance, constantly hoping that Elektra would fall so that she could take over.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: For much of the first season and part of the second, she is antagonistic towards the Evangelistas. After Candy's death, she mends fences with Blanca, Angel, and Elektra, becoming best friends with them.
  • The Quiet One: She rarely express how she felt towards someone or a situation. However, after mourning Candy's death, Lulu grows into an assertive, outspoken young woman, while still retaining her reserved spirit.
  • Wild Child: Aside from Candy and Angel, Lulu is the most free-spirited, spontaneous and sex-positive person.


Lemar Khan

Played by: Jason A. Rodriguez

One of the former children of the House of Abundance and later a child of the House of Wintour. In season 3, he starts the House of Khan, a new House that seeks to monetize what's left of the ballroom scene.

  • Camp Gay: Picture a gay 20-something cisgender Latino trying to do his best impersonation of Elektra, and you get Lemar.
  • Foil: In season 3, he is a foil to Elektra and Blanca. Whereas they are trying to preserve the community spirit of the ballrooms, he and the House of Khan seek to turn the balls into lucrative competitions, even if it means bankrupting the scene.
  • Recruited from the Gutter: Elektra found him, Cubby, and Angel working the piers, and decided to adopt them.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: His main claim to fame is the years that he spent in various Houses and the fact that he was the first winner in a newly-minted drag category where every one of his competitors was new to the category, and yet he sees himself as the future of the ballroom.
  • Smug Snake: He's got a lot of attitude for a guy who spent most of his life under Elektra's thumb.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Lemar took some of Elektra's viciousness and his late house sister, Candy's hot temper.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In season 3, with Elektra more or less retired from the scene, he seeks to take her place except that he's also demanding that the traditional trophies get replaced by cold, hard cash, which threatens to bankrupt the ballroom.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He has been part of the Abundance-Evangelista-Ferocity-Wintour extended family from the beginning and is, in fact, Cubby's ex-boyfriend and a cousin of Angel, but this doesn't stop him from turning against his family in the hopes of monetizing the ballroom scene.

    Nurse Judy 

Nurse Judy Kubrak

Played by: Sandra Bernhard

Pray Tell's lesbian friend, and Blanca's physician. She moonlights as an AIDS activist.

  • Deadpan Snarker: She has a wicked sense of gallows humor, which helps a lot when coping with the devastation wrought by the AIDS crisis.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: She runs a network that collects leftover drugs from wealthy AIDS patients and distributes it to the less fortunate. It's illegal as all hell, but it's the only way that lower-income patients like Blanca or Pray would have any access to AZT.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: In the first season, her reaction to the growing AIDS epidemic is similar to many of the public at the time - she assumes it's just something the addicts and the gays brought upon themselves through their own selfishness. As the series goes on and the death toll from AIDS grows, she realizes that such attitudes aren't going to help anyone and gradually becomes more compassionate. In the final time skip, it's revealed that all the deaths finally got to her and she transferred over to the maternity ward, where she's much happier.

The Houses

    House of Evangelista 

House of Evangelista

Mother: Blanca Evangelista
Children: Damon, Angel, Lil Papi, Dionne, Justice, Teena, Safaree; previous children included Cubby, Lemar, Ricky, Quincy, and Chilly.

The protagonists' House, formed when Blanca Rodriguez quit the House of Abundance. The House has stricter rules than others; members are forbidden from engaging in sex work or drug dealing and are expected to either attend school or look for legitimate work. These rules often limit the amount of money the House brings in and can inhibit their ability to perform in balls, as sometimes members have work or school on ball nights. On the other hand, the House is one of the more stable and newcomers to the scene all know they can turn to Blanca and her children if they need help.

  • Found Family: While all Houses are theoretically families, Blanca genuinely treats her children like they're her own flesh and blood.
  • Recruited from the Gutter: Nearly all of its members were homeless before Blanca found them, the only exceptions being those like Angel, Cubby, and Lemar who jumped from other Houses.

    House of Khan 

House of Khan

Father: Lemar Khan
Children: Pretentia, Nefertiti, Shadow, Wrath

The successor to the House of Wintour. Founded by Wintour veteran Lemar, it represents the end stage of the ballroom movement, being more concerned with money and prestige than creativity and community.

  • Big Bad Wannabe: Much like the House of Ferocity before them, they want to change the face of the ballrooms through sheer meanness, but most of them were back-benchers in previous Houses.
  • Punny Name: One of the members is named Wrath.

    House of Ferocity 

House of Ferocity

Mother(s): Candy and Lulu Ferocity
Children: Florida, Aphrodite, Veronica; previous children included Lil Papi, Cubby, and Lemar.

A House formed by veterans of the House of Abundance after Elektra's downfall and later populated by some of their friends. They serve as Evangelista's new rivals in the final two episodes of season 1 and the first two episodes of season 2.

  • Anti-Hero Team: They are fierce rivals of the House of Evangelista, and a constant thorn in Pray Tell's side, but when the community is under threat, the House of Ferocity does its part to help out.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Candy and Lulu dreamed of replacing the House of Abundance as the new Aristocrat Team, but Elektra humiliated them at the Princess Ball and they never really recovered. The fact that neither of them has the kind of money Elektra has didn't help.
  • Big Beautiful Woman: Veronica.
  • Cutting Corners: Much of the House's budget gets spent on clothing so that they can compete with the more established Houses, so their dinners consist of fare like popcorn and protein shakes.
  • Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: They would have won the Princess Ball by sheer numbers if they hadn't resorted to trying to bully Blanca out of the competition. That brought down the wrath of Elektra on them, which caused Cubby and Lemar to defect.
  • Full-Circle Revolution: Candy and Lulu swore that they wouldn't end up being as bad as Elektra was, but their House retained all the cruelty and meanness of the House of Abundance but with much less money. Lulu starts to reform the house after Candy's death.
  • Ms. Red Ink: They're trying to run a full House on little more than stripping and hooking money. If they didn't shoplift, they would probably be in crippling debt.
  • Stupid Evil: Candy and Lulu borrowed Elektra's management style, but they don't have her fashion sense or confidence, so they just end up being trashy and mean.
  • Token Good Teammate: Aphrodite, which Elektra recognizes when she reads Lulu and Candy in the first season finale.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: While Lulu and Candy are co-mothers, they barely get along at the best of times.

    House of Wintour 

House of Wintour

Mother: Elektra Wintour
Children: Tess, Shadow, Silhouette, Jazmine, Cubby, Lemar, Ricky

Elektra's new House in season 2. It is a dark mirror of House of Evangelista, being another team of people from outside the traditional ballroom scene except that they're experts in their field.

  • The Ace: Jazmine easily rivals Angel in face categories, Shadow can give Damon a run for his money in dance categories, and the House Mother is Elektra. This is a House that plays to win.
  • Aristocrat Team: Bolstered by Elektra's money, Wintour is the new rich-kid House.
  • Egopolis: The House only exists to glorify Elektra. The children are all profound sycophants.
  • Token Minority: The House of Wintour is the only House in the New York ballroom scene that has a white girl (Tess) in its ranks.

    House of Abundance 

House of Abundance

Former Mother: Elektra Abundance
Former Children: Blanca, Angel, Lulu, Candy, Cubby, Lemar

The former champions of the New York ballroom scene and the former home of many of the series's major characters. Founded by Elektra, it was notorious for bold actions and ruthless dominance of the ballroom scene.

  • Aristocrat Team: Played with; On the surface, Abundance seemed to have a lot of money, but nearly all of it came from Elektra's sugar daddy. When he dumped her, the House collapsed almost immediately and its children nearly ended up homeless.
  • Decadent Court: Elektra jealously monitored her children's actions and crushed any ambitions that might have driven them to leave her control.

    House of Pendavis 

House of Pendavis

Mother: Kiki Pendavis
Children: Baby B, Demetrius, Freddie, Sol, Bebe, Chanel, Marcy, Paulo

One of the older Houses in New York's ballroom scene based on the real-life House of Pendavis.

  • Hero of Another Story: Pendavis is a famed real-life House with a history dating back to 1960, but its members do not play a large role in this series.
  • Hufflepuff House: While it is one of the historical Houses featured in the series (along with Mugler, Xtravaganza, and Ebony), its members don't really get much attention in the series until the second season finale, when Kiki is a major contender for Mother of the Year.

Other Characters


Frederica Norman

Played by: Patti LuPone

A wealthy real-estate mogul and Blanca's new landlord in season 2.

  • The Beard: Her ex-husband was a closeted gay man.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In "Love's in Need of Love Today", Frederica attends the AIDS benefit and performs a song, and even takes Blanca out to dinner afterwards, having supposedly decided to help her. It's all a ploy to keep Blanca away from her nail salon while her crew guts the space and changes the locks.
  • Expy: Of Leona Helmsley, a female real estate investor known for her rude, domineering personality and underhanded business tactics
  • Heteronormative Crusader: She attempts to evict Blanca after learning that she's a trans woman.
  • Karma Houdini: Subverted; While she initially gets away with burning down Blanca's nail salon, she gets arrested in the second season finale and is facing a five-year sentence because the fire injured some of the firemen.
  • Oh, Crap!: A subdued but quite satisfying case; upon seeing the city's entire gay community has mobilized against her after forcing Blanca out of the salon, she gives a quiet "Shit!"
  • Some of My Best Friends Are X: When Blanca accuses her of being a homophobe, she claims that she does actually know some gay people.
  • Terms of Endangerment: She's fond of using affectionate terms towards Blanca despite hating her.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: She's a glorified slumlord whose fortune was built on alimony from her closeted ex-husband, but she's charismatic enough that she manages to pass herself off as a self-made entrepreneur.



Played by: Austin Scott

A hunky med student who works as a lifeguard during the summer, and Blanca's love interest towards the end of season 2.

  • Mr. Fanservice: His first appearance on the show has him in short, tight bathing shorts.
  • Rescue Romance: Blanca falls for him after he saves her from drowning.

    Ms. Ford 

Ms. Ford

Played by: Trudie Styler

A modeling agent, and Angel's manager in season 2.

  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Her agency generally doesn't hire poor brown-skinned trans girls like Angel, but she chooses to take a chance on Angel because she realizes that she's different from most of the models they hire. In the season finale, she is forced to drop Angel after word gets out that she's a trans woman, but she gets around it by hiring Lil Papi.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: After word spreads about Angel being a trans woman, Ms. Ford tries to save her by insisting that it's a lie. When that fails and she is forced to drop Angel as a client, she hires Lil Papi, who becomes Angel's new agent.

    Stan and Patty 

Stan and Patty Bowes

Played by: Evan Peters and Kate Mara

A young married couple who appear in season 1. Stan is an employee at the Trump Organization who becomes infatuated with Angel after seeing her at the docks. Patty is his wife who dislikes the kind of person Stan is becoming.

  • Empty Shell: Stan sees himself as this - believing in nothing, standing for nothing. He says part of why he's drawn to Angel is because of how unflinchingly real she is. After Patty finds out and asks him point blank what he wants from the situation, he breaks down in tears and admits he has no idea.
  • Ms. Red Ink: Inverted; Patty is horrified by how much money Stan is spending trying to emulate his wealthy co-workers.
  • Trans Equals Gay: Stan's fling with Angel causes Patty to ask him if he is gay.


Helena St. Rogers

Played by: Charlayne Woodard

Damon's instructor at the New School of Dance. A classically-trained ballet dancer, she does not approve of the ballroom scene, causing some tension with Blanca when the balls conflict with Damon's studies.

  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: In the first season, she and Blanca butt heads over the amount of time Damon is spending competing in the balls, as Helena doesn't see the balls as real dancing and thinks they're distracting Damon from his schoolwork, but she softens her attitude considerably when she realizes how quickly Damon is surpassing his classmates.


Matt Bromley

Stan Bowes's boss at the Trump Organization and the closest thing the first season has to an antagonist.

  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: He regularly abuses his position to harass his female subordinates and doesn't bat an eye at raiding the company's funds to give Stan an advance to cover up his extramarital affair.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: When Stan made a well-received independent suggestion in a meeting, Matt's reaction was to try and sleep with Stan's wife and reveal his infidelity.
  • Hate Sink: Matt is a greedy, rude, misogynistic, casually racist kingpin boss who spends most of his screentime either scheming to undermine Stan out of pure jealousy or sexually harassing every woman he comes into contact with. He's essentially a personification of everything undesirable and loathsome about The '80s.
  • Jerkass: He's a racist and a sexist, and if he has any redeeming qualities, they're not in evidence.


Dick Ford

Elektra's sugar daddy in the first season and the source of the House of Abundance's money. A wealthy man with a taste for pre-op trans women, he funds Elektra's pursuits as long as she continues to be his sex object. When she undergoes GRS, he immediately dumps her and bans her from his penthouse.

  • Trans Chaser: He insists on Elektra remaining "a girl with extra" rather than allowing her to transition on her own terms. This eventually leads to them breaking up.