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And the Category Is...: Inside New York's Vogue, House, and Ballroom Community

And the Category Is...: Inside New York's Vogue, House, and Ballroom Community

Tucker, Ricky

Hardcover

DanceBlack American StudiesGLBTQIA Studies

Publisher Price: $25.95

ISBN10: 0807003484
ISBN13: 9780807003480
Publisher: Beacon Pr
Published: Jan 25 2022
Pages: 248
Weight: 1.10
Height: 1.20 Width: 6.00 Depth: 9.10
Language: English
An Electric Literature Most Anticipated LGBTQ+ Book of 2022 Selection

A love letter to the legendary Black and Latinx LGBTQ underground subculture, uncovering its abundant legacy and influence in popular culture.

What is Ballroom? Not a song, a documentary, a catchphrase, a TV show, or an individual pop star. It is an underground subculture founded over a century ago by LGBTQ African American and Latino men and women of Harlem. Arts-based and intersectional, it transcends identity, acting as a fearless response to the systemic marginalization of minority populations.

Ricky Tucker pulls from his years as a close friend of the community to reveal the complex cultural makeup and ongoing relevance of house and Ballroom, a space where trans lives are respected and applauded, and queer youth are able to find family and acceptance. With each chapter framed as a category (Vogue, Realness, Body, et al.), And the Category Is . . . offers an impressionistic point of entry into this subculture, its deeply integrated history, and how it's been appropriated for mainstream audiences. Each category features an exclusive interview with fierce LGBTQ/POC Ballroom members--Lee Soulja, Benjamin Ninja, Twiggy Pucci Garçon, and more--whose lives, work, and activism drive home that very category.

At the height of public intrigue and awareness about Ballroom, thanks to TV shows like FX's Pose, Tucker's compelling narratives help us understand its relevance in pop culture, dance, public policy with regard to queer communities, and so much more. Welcome to the norm-defying realness of Ballroom.

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