WATCH: Ricky Tucker on the Vivid History of Ball Culture
In Conversation with Darcey Steinke at Greenlight Bookstore
“Tens across the board” for writer, educator, and activist Ricky Tucker’s debut book of nonfiction, a deep dive into the world and vivid history of New York City’s Ballroom culture. What is Ballroom? Not a song, documentary, catchphrase, TV show, or individual pop star, Ballroom counts its roots in the underground subculture of LGBTQ African American and Latino men and women living in Harlem over a century ago.
Tucker lovingly renders the complex cultural makeup and abundant legacy and influence of house and Ball culture—a space where trans lives are respected and applauded and where queer youth are able to find family and acceptance—as well as its absorption into mainstream culture today. Featuring extensive, exclusive interviews, And the Category Is… is a socially aware analysis of the Ballroom community by the community itself and the radical, love-filled tribute that the subculture deserves.
Joined by author Darcey Steinke (Flash Count Diary), Tucker graces our virtual stage to share his masterwork on the norm-defying realness of Ballroom and its relevance in pop culture, dance, public policy with regard to queer communities, and so much more.
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