Jacen Zhu is a Black, queer community health activist and advocate. With personal experience as his foundation, he uses his platform to address and bring awareness to issues affecting other queer people of color (POC) like HIV/AIDS, sexual health, substance use, sex work and mental health. Jacen has created initiatives like #TakedownTina and collaborated with community health institutions such as PrEP Squad DC on projects like “Undetectable Man” to spread the message of U=U (Undetectable equals Untransmittable) in communities of color.
Jacen began his journey within the House and Ballroom Community as a member of the “House of Princess.” Shortly after leaving the house he joined Kai Balenciaga’s new venture, the House of Epic, winning his first major ball for Butch Queen Face (BQ Face) at The Latex Ball 2010 as Adonis Epic. After a several-year hiatus, Jacen has made his return to the ballroom scene as a member of the Legendary International House of Comme Des Garçons’ CDG Pro, which takes a multidisciplinary approach to servicing disenfranchised LGBTQ communities in order to ensure that personal well-being, safety, care, and emotional/mental support can be achieved.
Jacen has made a commitment to building a better community. Jacen has embraced his role as a “U=U Ambassador” and the fight to combat all forms of stigma.