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Looking at LGBTQ+ Representation Within Dance Media

Updated: Nov 11, 2019

Although Pride Month is over, that doesn’t mean support for the LGBTQ+ community has to cease. It is important to shine light on the community year round and constantly make strides to uplift them. Specifically within the dance world, LGBTQ+ individuals can feel even more outcasted by the strict gender roles within classical ballet and other dance forms. The dance community has to be cognizant of LGBTQ+ people within their spaces and ensure it is a welcoming and safe environment.

This past month a few articles were written about LGBTQ+ identifying people within the dance world. I wanted to highlight these posts in case anyone missed them, because it is critical to not only listen to what they have to say but to also take note of it. Unfortunately from what I found, only a few major dance magazine wrote on such topics for their online material (thank you Dance Magazine and Dance Informa). I hope to see a lot more posts about LGBTQ+ individuals within the dance community year round and not just during Pride Month when it is a hot topic.

Dance Magazine

Why Prumsodun Ok Founded Cambodia's First Gay Dance Company in His Living Room

This piece really interested me because it highlights intersectionality within multiple communities. On top of that, Prumsodun Ok vocalized nuanced ideas on issues surrounding these marginalized groups that I think are worth reading.

Pride & Dance: Why Our Field Can Be Both a Haven and a Challenge for LGBTQ Artists

This piece allowed readers to hear testimonials from LGBTQ+ artists and get to know their story from within the dance community. It is always important to have direct quotes from people who have these experiences in order to fully grasp what is being said.

Dance Informa

I was pleased to see this article come up when searching for pieces for this post because it specifically deals with gender and drag. The article is about a show done by Donald C. Shorter Jr. who is gender non-conforming. I think that it is important to shed specific light on those within the LGBTQ+ community that identify as trans or gender non-conforming because they often are the most discriminated against. This means we need to take extra time and care to listen to their stories and needs.