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KIKI The Movie- The New Ballroom

If you’re not fluent in LGBT social movements, the word “ballroom” may only remind you of dance wedding receptions and expo halls. However, if you were lucky enough to experience the gem of iconic LGBT cinema known as Paris is Burning, the word “ballroom” illicits images of vogue battles, runway categories, and “butch queens.” Ballroom– in a word– was fabulous. The film highlighted the underground social space in QPOC communities and had an especially large impact on LGBT communities of color around the nation. Because filming took place in the 80’s­– during the height of the AIDS epidemic, the film has a distinct social and political tone around issues of healthcare accessibility particularly for people of color. While this early 90’s cult classic has helped pave the way for LGBT pop-culture today (RuPaul’s Drag Race anyone?), the ballroom community has grown to include a new generation.

Ballroom- in a word- was fabulous

The Kiki Ballroom scene brings a younger voice to the conversation of race, gender, and access to healthcare. “The Kiki ballroom was created as a response to the growing infections [of HIV/AIDS] in the 13-24 age-range,” explains actress and activist, Gia Love. With health organizations funding activist-developed programs to serve these youth populations, KIKI was conceived. KIKI shows the response of a new generation of queer and intersectional activists to issues of racism, homophobia, and stigma that have long plagued their community.

During TruEvolution's annual AIDS Advocacy Night event on November 30th, we'll be hosting a screening of KIKI The Movie on the UCR campus. It's free and all community members are welcome to attend! Register today.

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