I recently did a story on how media has had an effect on the evolution of the ballroom scene for MediaRights.org. The interview includes quotes from the legendary Jay Blahnik and the legendary Glen LaCroix.
The first time I attended a ball was Halloween of 1995 in Philadelphia. There was a mystique and intimacy about venturing to this after midnight function, which was filled with many of the “rejected” parts of society, who were enduring intense homophobia and racism. Those who were disassociated from their family or community, whether it was directly because of their sexuality or indirectly, knowing regardless if it was ever said out loud, they might never feel fully accepted.
The ballroom scene was a space that was void of sweeping judgments, enamored with an effusive emotion and a needed outlet for a black or Latino LGBT person. This transcendental expression of emotion and surrogate family is an essence that cannot be captured via the internet.
Check out one of my favorite ball clips -- catch the wig snatch at the end!
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