The company had come to Los Angeles to dance in the Olympic Arts Festival , and my parents volunteered to host a post-performance dinner in our backyard. I recall about people — family friends, Olympic officials and maybe 25 dancers — eating curry is that right? No, this is about the ballerino — my word for him — I met and what he represented to a lonely gay kid in Southern California in , a kid who had never before met another gay person. Earlier that evening, I had seen the dancer turn, leap and smile onstage, expressing through the mute language of ballet who he was. Something about his movement told me he was gay, and I felt he was dancing not only for himself but for me. Onstage, the ballerino wore brown tights that showed the trunks of his thighs, and everything else.
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A blog that discusses a range of issues from an African-American gay male perspective. Taking a break from the harsh realities of inequality covered last week and shifting my focus toward an emerging choreographer who is taking the commercial dance world by storm. You may have never heard of Jaquel Knight but if you've seen Beyonce's latest video "Single Ladies" then you're definitely familiar with his work. A new transplant to Los Angeles via Atlanta, Jaquel was tapped by longtime Destiny's Child and Beyonce choreographer Frank Gatson to create the choreography for the diva's first single off of her forthcoming album I Am Sasha Fierce.
A gay anthem is a popular song that has become widely popular among, or has become identified with, the gay community, although some of these songs may also become anthems for the rest of the LGBT community. Not all songs labelled as "gay anthems" were written with that purpose, but they are included in this subgenre of popular music if they have become particularly popular among the gay community. The lyrics of gay anthems are often marked by themes of perseverance, inner strength, acceptance, pride, and unity. Research suggests that the song most commonly identified as a gay anthem is " I Will Survive " by Gloria Gaynor.