With: madison moore (Virginia Commonwealth University)
Bars, nightclubs, dance, and music have long held a special place in LGBTQ culture. But even as shows like RuPaul’s Drag Race and Pose bring that culture into the mainstream, real-life gay bars and clubs are shuttering. DJ and Professor madison moore argues that the club scene and the “fabulous” fashions on display there are radical spaces for queer and trans of color togetherness.
With: Gregory Samantha Rosenthal (Roanoke College), Don Muse, and Peter Thornhill
Gregory Samantha Rosenthal, Don Muse, and Peter Thornhill describe the sometimes-dangerous, always-exciting gay bars of the 1970s and 1980s in Roanoke, VA, before the AIDS crisis and gentrification changed the scene forever.
With: Lauron Kehrer’s (William and Mary)
Growing up, Lauron Kehrer wasn’t allowed to listen to hip-hop music. Now, she studies it for a living. Kehrer says hip-hop by both straight and LGBTQ artists can help us better understand race, gender, and sexuality today.
With: Al Evangelista (Virginia Tech)
Choreographer and performer Al Evangelista brings us into the world of experimental queer Pilipinx-American dance, a form that he says can spark conversations and social change.