an all-black speakeasy indicated that “the women were dancing with one another and going through the motions of copulation, and the men were dancing with one another.” Patrons probably danced the “Black Bottom” or the “Turkey Trot”-dances brought by African Americans from the south that circulated in a variety of northern urban venues-but the underground homosexual speakeasy versions were sexualized.
These reports support the thesis that African American cultural practices, especially dance, shaped homosexuality not in some abstract, indistinct way, but directly through the communal molding of dance forms that were often indistinguishable from sexual intercourse.It does not require a huge leap of faith to believe that this public, interactive construction of sexualized dance extended its influence off the dance floor, choreographing the supposedly “private” performance of sexual intercourse.
“Homosex Changes: Race, Cultural Geography, and the Emergence of the Gay” by Kevin J. Mumford. 1996. American Quarterly.
SO it turns out, BLACK GAYS AND LESBIANS [Ed Note: and Bisexual + Trans], heavily influenced the “modern” GAY AND LESBIAN [Ed Note: and Bisexual + Trans] movements in such a way that previously PRIVATE (miscegenation balls) that were not just code for interracial sex but gender “inversion” (gay and lesbian behavior) PRIVATE IS POLITICAL…meaning the crafted narrative that I was made to believe my whole life about how “black men cant be gay” IS FALSE! The whole narrative of white men teaching black people homosexuality IS FALSE!
WOW…so many questions remain about how black gay, lesbian [Ed Note: and Bisexual] and Trans-folk get pushed, silenced and altogether left out of histories and narratives WE seem to be at the forefront of …
some of it our own doing and then others the doings of white people who think of our bodies and forget our minds…….hmmmmmm (via howtobeterrell)
Interesting Side Note: In her book “Freedom to love all: Homosexuality is not Un-African”, Nigerian bisexual activist Yemisi Ilesanmi makes a case for LGBT Rights as Human Rights while also debunk the myths surrounding homosexuality in Africa.