Butch Queens Up in Pumps: Gender, Performance, and Ballroom Culture in Detroit (Paperback)
"Butch Queens Up in Pumps" examines Ballroom culture, in which inner-city LGBT individuals dress, dance, and vogue to compete for prizes and trophies. Participants are affiliated with a house, an alternative family structure typically named after haute couture designers and providing support to this diverse community. Marlon M. Bailey's rich first-person performance ethnography of the Ballroom scene in Detroit examines Ballroom as a queer cultural formation that upsets dominant notions of gender, sexuality, kinship, and community.
About the Author
Marlon M. Bailey is Associate Professor of Gender Studies and American Studies at Indiana University.