Marble Racial Justice Series
Paris is Still Burning: Ballroom Culture and the Re-making of Queer Families
The clergy of Marble Church hosted the first dialogue on racial injustice in June 2020; not long after video footage of George Floyd’s murder went viral. Since then, we have continued these efforts with once-monthly events to draw awareness to the racial injustices that impact our congregation and community.
Marginalized by anti-Black racism, police harassment, and the homophobia of religious/socially conservative households, Black, Brown, and Caribbean queer folk created Ballroom as a response to social ostracism and rising LGBTQIA homelessness.
The young people who brought ballroom to life were gay, trans, and gender-queer Black, Brown, and Caribbean young people; many of whom had been ostracized from their biological families for refusing to conform to society’s rules about gender.
In this talk we will explore the intersection of Black and/or Brown and/or queer identities; discussing also barriers that persist impeding full inclusion to family, faith communities, and society for queer people.
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