Butch Queens Up in Pumps
Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: University of Michigan Press
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Title Page, Copyright Page
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Preface: Courageously Queer
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I f_irst learned the meaning of queer family as a teenager in the 1980s at Cass Technical High School in Detroit. My friends and I— f_ive men and three women, all queer in the full sense of the term— called ourselves “The Family.” Most of us attended Cass Tech, and we always hung out together— as a family— whether it was at a high school event or going ...
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Chapter One. Introduction: Peforming Gender, Creating Kinship, Forging Community
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It is my contention that the doing that matters most and the per-formance that seems most crucial are nothing short of the actual — J.scoseacute.sc E.scsteban Muntilde.scoz.sc, Disidentification: Queers of I attended my f_irst ball on a snowy evening in January 2001 while home for the holidays. Since leaving for graduate school in California a year ...
Chapter Two. "Ain't Nothing Like a Butch Queen" The Gender System in Ballroom Culture
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I see myself as a Butch Queen. A Butch Queen for me is a radical act of resistance to normative black subjectivity, and mainstream —C.scharl.sces F.sc. S.sctephens, “Performing Bl.scack.sc and.sc G.scay”1It is a chilly November af_ternoon, the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend of 2003, as I arrive at the Best Western Robert Trent Hotel in downtown ...
Chapter Three: From House to House: Ballroom Houses, Platonic Parents, and Overlapping Kinship
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For the majority of people who entered the house scene when I did in the late eighties— and of course houses precede me— it is kind of an alternative social network for those who have been ostracized from their family or didn’t have people in their families or commu-Each year, The Legendary House of Prestige holds a national anniversary ...
Chapter Four. "It's Gonna Get Severe Up in Here" Ball Events, Ritualized Performance, and Black Queer Space
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I don’t wanna see just spinning; I don’t wanna see just dipping.The members of The House of Ford are very excited about their ball at the Detroit Masonic Temple. Located on Temple Avenue between Cass and Second Avenues in the Cass Corridor area, near downtown, the Detroit Masonic Temple is a massive fourteen- story building with over ...
Chapter Five. "They Want Us Sick" Ballroom Culture and the Politics of HIV/AIDS
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Af_ter three days of driving from Oakland, California, my ex- partner and I arrived in Detroit in January 2003. Fortunately, a buddy of mine from college who is now a Detroit police of_f_icer allowed me to stay with him and his girlfriend, free of charge, for the duration of this eight- month stint of f_ieldwork. This was perfect because not only was I low on funds ...
Epilogue: The Future of Ballroom Culture
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It is a beautiful spring day in late April 2012, as I enter a medium- sized ballroom on the lower level of the Renaissance Washington, DC, Down-town Hotel. Seated at tables throughout the room are prominent mem-bers of the Ballroom community representing nearly twenty houses from across the United States, and one from Toronto. Several representatives ...
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Page Count: 288
Illustrations: 21 color images
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Triangulations: Lesbian/Gay/Queer Theate