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And the Category Is.

Inside New York's Vogue, House, and Ballroom Community

Ricky Tucker

SOCIETY & SOCIAL SCIENCES
22

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Perhaps not the Ballroom you thought you knew, this stunning text explores the subculture of New York Vogue, House and Ballroom community; where trans lives, queer youth, Black and Latinx communities become centre stage. This is a celebration of a culture created in response to systematic marginalisation. Ricky Tucker explores how this movement has been equally pushed to the periphery and appropriated, he thus authentically represents Ballroom's legacy through interviews with renowned and influential dancers and members of the community. This is a beautiful book full of glamour and full of wisdom.
A 2023 Lambda Literary Award Finalist in Nonfiction

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.
Publisher: Beacon Press
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 13 Sept 2022
Dimensions: 150 x 228 x 23 mm
ISBN: 9780807007327