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ButlerBodiesThatMatterEx. Ball culture - Wikipedia. Houses[edit] Houses, also called "families", are LGBTQ groups which band together under a "house mother" (sometimes a drag queen or transgender person) or "house father".[1][4] According to Bailey (2013), the gender system is a collection of gender and sexual subjectivities that extend beyond the binary categories of dominant society such as male/female, gay/lesbian, man/woman etc.

Ball culture - Wikipedia

A member chooses to identify with a certain category based on their walk (performance). This system includes six categories: Butch Queens, Femme Queens, Butch Queens up in Drag, Butches, Women, Men and house parents. Those in the women category are primarily straight, feminine lesbians or queer. Queens and queers: The rise of drag ball culture in the 1920s.

While watching a screening of Paris is Burning hosted by the Smithsonian Latino Center, I was entranced by the dazzling participants as they competed, fiercely owning the floor in their glamorous gowns.

Queens and queers: The rise of drag ball culture in the 1920s

Twenty-five years ago, this famous cult documentary captured the lives and culture of African American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in New York City drag balls. Dorian Corey and Bobby Worley: The Mummy In The Trunk : UnresolvedMysteries. Paris Has Burned. LOOKING like endangered birds, the drag queens tottered on their heels as they entered -- "a bit early in the day for we girls," said one.

Paris Has Burned

It was noon on a recent Saturday at the Sound Factory Bar on West 21st Street, and they were attending a memorial for Angie Xtravaganza. One of her children, Hector Xtravaganza, kept breaking down in tears. "It's not just her, it's all of them," he said. "My entire gay childhood is disintegrating before my eyes. " Tongues Untied - Wikipedia. Tongues Untied is a 1989 semi-documentary film directed by Marlon Riggs.

Tongues Untied - Wikipedia

The film seeks, in its author's words to, "...shatter the nation's brutalizing silence on matters of sexual and racial difference. " To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Teddy Awards, the film has been selected to be shown at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival in February 2016.[1] Content[edit] The film blends documentary footage with personal account and fiction in an attempt to depict the specificity of black gay identity. Coffee Rhetoric: Revisiting 'Paris Is Burning': Sifting Through The Ashes. Paris Is Burning … a documentary I've seen countless times over the years, having watched it as recently as this past Thursday night at 2:00 A.M. to lull myself to sleep and then three times Monday night, to delve deeper for the sake of this post.

Coffee Rhetoric: Revisiting 'Paris Is Burning': Sifting Through The Ashes

“Frog and Toad”: An Amphibious Celebration of Same-Sex Love. On a cool autumn day, a frog and a toad awake in their separate houses to find that their yards are filled with fallen leaves.

“Frog and Toad”: An Amphibious Celebration of Same-Sex Love

The frog and toad (conveniently named Frog and Toad) see each other every day, and are particularly synchronized: rather than clean his own yard, each decides to go to the other’s house to rake up the leaves there as a kind surprise for his friend. But, unbeknown to either of them, after the raking is done and as they are walking back to their respective homes, a wind comes and undoes all of their hard work, leaving their yards as leaf-strewn as they were at the beginning. Neither has any way of knowing of the other’s helpful act, and neither knows that his own helpful act has been erased. Before European Christians Forced Gender Roles, Native Americans Acknowledged 5 Genders. It wasn’t until Europeans took over North America that natives adopted the ideas of gender roles.

Before European Christians Forced Gender Roles, Native Americans Acknowledged 5 Genders

For Native Americans, there was no set of rules that men and women had to abide by in order to be considered a “normal” member of their tribe. Transgender women of Paris in the Fifties and Sixties. These beautiful photographs of transgender women, in Paris from the late 1950s and early 1960s were taken by Swedish photographer Christer Strömholm, who traveled to Paris in the late-fifties, where he hoped to create a new kind of night-life street photography.

Transgender women of Paris in the Fifties and Sixties

Strömholm lived in the Red Light district, around Place Blanche and Pigalle, where he made friends with many of the young transgender women who worked the streets and hotels to make a living. In 1983, Strömholm published many of these photographs in his book Les Amies de Place Blanche. In his introduction to the book he wrote: “This is a book about the quest for self-identity, about the right to live, about the right to own and control one’s body. ...These are images of people whose lives I shared and whom I think I understood. The whole collection can be seen here. Via Buzzfeed, with thanks to Tony Vermillion!

Bechdel test. The Bechdel test (/ˈbɛkdəl/ BEK-dəl) asks whether a work of fiction features at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man.

Bechdel test

The requirement that the two women must be named is sometimes added. Only about half of all films meet these requirements, according to user-edited databases and the media industry press. El Género en Disputa.