Paris Is Burning

LGBTQ

My Ballroom 'House Father' Made Me the Man I Am Today

In many houses in the ballroom scene, fathers provide guidance and support that can change lives. This is how one changed mine.
Sydney Baloue
8.28.17
Essays

To Be Real: The Enduring Queer Musical Legacy of ‘Paris is Burning’

Vogue culture has since infiltrated mainstream pop, but this iconic 1990 film stands as a monument to a time before everyone screamed "yas queen".
Rod Bastanmehr
2.28.17
Features

A Night Out in Texas' Underground Vogue Scene

Learning about love, self-expression, and fearless dancing with San Antonio vogue crew House of Kenzo.
Dan Gentile
12.20.16
Features

Five Artists Tell Us About the Lasting Influence of 'Paris Is Burning’ 25 Years Later

Cakes Da Killa, Ghibli, and more on how Jennie Livingston's 1991 ballroom documentary impacted pop culture and LGBTQ communities.
Max Mohenu
8.12.16
Features

There's Finally a Documentary that Captures Today's Thriving Ballroom Scene In All its Complexity

We spoke to the creators of 'Kiki' about spending four years documenting the struggles and triumphs of NYC's vogue performers.
Chantel Simpson
4.29.16
Photo

Inside Eastern Europe's Wild, Competitive Voguing Scene

The New York ballroom scene has spread to a European incarnation that mixes straight, gay, black, white, men, women, young, and old. Photographer Ewen Spencer has been following its parties.
Clive Martin
11.13.15
Interviews

We Talked to FKA twigs' Voguing Collaborator Derek FKA Jamel Prodigy

Part of twigs' acclaimed Congregata show, Derek's lessons directly inspired "Figure 8," so we caught up with the vogue don to discuss dancing, appropriation and the magic of FKA.
Jocelyn Silver
10.16.15
VOGUE

Bizarre and Beautiful Photos from New York’s Biggest Vogue Ball

The Latex Ball's 25th anniversary proves that ballroom culture is still thriving if you know where to look.
Michelle Lhooq
7.27.15
deep dives

Vancouver is Raining: A Ballroom Oasis in Voguing’s Wild West

On Canada's west coast, ball culture is having a moment.
Eric Shinn
4.29.15
Interviews

"I Had the Energy of a Kamikaze" - Meet French Pop Sensation Christine and the Queens

She's a huge star in Europe and Madonna stole her style, now Christine and the Queens wants to be the new monarch of your heart.
Kim Taylor Bennett
4.17.15
Stuff

Why the LGBT Community Needs Drag More Than Ever

In another blow to LGBT nightlife, London's legendary drag bar the Black Cap has closed. But the community is resilient. We spoke to several 20-something drag queens about the enduring appeal of maxi dresses, make-up, and activism.
Michael Segalov
4.14.15
Stuff

Post-Black Art in the Age of Hip-Hop

An intimate look at how a generation of black artists who grew up in the hip-hop era are expressing their version of the American experience.
Antwaun Sargent
12.12.14