Striking a 'Pose': A Brief History of Ball Culture

For decades, ballroom, ball or house culture has been a way for queer blacks and Latinos to live their best lives – that is, to figure out how to respond to a society that devalued their lives and attempted to erase their presence. Through elaborate performances incorporating and commenting on race, class and gender, the ball community has historically reflected the American Dream and one's This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Striking a 'Pose': A Brief History of Ball Culture

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