“Houses” Ball Culture in New York

by s.o.

I have selected a clip from the movie “Paris is Burning” which is a film that was made in in the 1990’s about New York’s drag culture.  This particular clip shows some of New York’s drag queens dressed as executives, and later as military officers, working the butch queen persona. Dorian Corey, also explains how drag queens of her generation did not want to look like black stars. The ball culture in New York became an underground space where  persons who  were marginalized as a result of transphobia, homophobia, and racism could find support and space to liberate themselves and to perform their “deviance”. It is the idea that this culture exists underground, predominantly outside of the realm of heteronormativity that I think makes them heterotopias.

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