🏳️‍🌈 You Know She Brings It to You Every Ball

In 1990, the groundbreaking documentary “Paris Is Burning” was released. It was an intimate look at the ball scene in New York — a place where marginalized LGBTQ people (mainly of color) would compete for trophies in fashion-inspired categories. The takeaway for me was that people who are cast out of their own families and communities will create their own families and communities. The Madonna hit “Vogue” is based on the ball scene. So is the FX series “Pose.” And every gay catchphrase you’ve ever heard, including those on RuPaul’s Drag Race, probably originated in ball culture. Okurr, gurl?