Saturday, March 11, 2006
Paris Is Burning
It may seem a little odd, but I've been a fan of Balls (HA!) and Ballroom culture ever since I was first exposed to it. That would be from the wonderful documentary Paris Is Burning, which I believe I saw at The Quad in 1990 when it came out. I was enthralled. It speaks to me of the ability of disenfranchised gays and lesbians to take what makes them "other" to the straight world and turn it into a celebration. Or in this case a ball. It shows how we can lose our connection to family, only to recreate and redefine family for ourselves. It's been showing off and on on LOGO so if you get the chance I highly recommend seeing it. Sadly, a lot of the people who were featured in the documentary are no longer alive. But Ballroom culture is still alive and Frank Leon Roberts has posted a photo essay of the Midwest Awards Ball. Men and women from all across the country attended. Take a few minutes to check out the pictures. -via rod 2.0
Speaking of Rod, who I've never met but hope to someday, I would like to commend him and his blog. In addition to his coverage of general interest news of gay and lesbian issues he's a great source for news affecting people of color. Most significantly for me he's done an outstanding job covering issues about HIV/AIDS, both here in the US and worldwide, as well as issues surrounding crystal meth and addiction/treatment. I highly recommend you checking him out and click on the health coverage to see what I mean. If you aren't reading him you really should be. Way better than other (nameless) blogs that cover the same movie every day or just re-post whatever a gay news feed spits out. Good job.