Lina Bradford is really busy right now. The born and bred Manhattanite shuttles between her native New York and Los Angeles for her successful DJ career, is hosting the upcoming third season of her talk show In the Dollhouse with Lina, will spin at the opening ceremony for World Pride 2019 at Barclays Center in late June, and is releasing her debut mini-doc Linish with QueerX on June 1. She also has an eclectic doll collection of about 700 dolls and counting.
Lina, formerly the iconic performer Girlina has been ruling New York along with her glam bestie Candis Cayne for over three decades. Her DJ career began as a “Pepsi challenge” when her DJ peers including Frankie Knuckles, Steve Travolta, and T-Pro dared her to spin, and she rocked Nine Inch Nails and Funky Green Dogs on her first night at former nineties hotspot Life on Bleecker Street. Now two decades in, Lina’s DJ career has fully blossomed and led her to London, Paris, St. Tropez, Sardinia, and the world over. Many know her from her decade-long Fire Island era, as the resident diva DJ extraordinaire at Lina’s Lounge and Twirlina.
Lina was born across the street from Carnegie Hall, sparking her lifelong connection with the performing arts at an early age. She began studying modern ballet, tap, and jazz with several dance companies in New York. An only child and biracial kid who is half-Jewish, she was anchored by her compassionate mother and grandmother who very early supported her gender identity. She brings this same fire in mentoring trans and queer youth as a Global Ambassador for HMI and as a chair member for GMHC. Lina’s legacy is so monumental, and there is so much more to come. So, pay attention kids because you’re about to get schooled.