Our History

Princess Janae Place is named in honor, and memory, of Princess Janae Banks, an icon in the New York City ballroom and pageantry scene and mainstay in the entertainment industry. Janae was born on February 8th, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York and was kicked out of her home at the age of 18 for identifying as transgender. Soon thereafter Janae found a safe and affirming new home amongst the New York City ballroom scene. For close to 25 years, Janae worked as an accomplished entertainer, gracing the stages of infamous NYC venues including Two Potato, Hatfields, The Coliseum, Krash, Key West, Escuelitas, Feathers, Chi Chiz, Ikon, Kokonuts, Mi Gente, The Monster, Boots & Saddles, and the historic Stonewall Inn. Throughout her life, Janae was a fierce advocate for the LGBT community, with special attention paid to transgender individuals at risk of homelessness and housing insecurity. Janae was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer and on September 16, 2013, after a hard-fought battle, Princess Janae Banks passed away. We honor Janae's legacy and life-long commitment to holding up the transgender community through this organization."

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