Jason Howard Green

Jason Howard Green

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Celebrate Black Queer Voices: Feb 10 - The Prancing Elites


God, how I loved The Prancing Elites.  For most of America, they could not believe there was a group of men that dressed like this, that danced like this, that acted like this.  But I was a black gay boy in Alabama that used to go to clubs where everyone on the dance floor behaved like the individuals in this dance troupe.  As a student of Troy University back in the early 90s, my friends and I would flock to any club where we could find other people like us - young, black and gay and looking to have a good time.  And what did we enjoy doing at the club - hitting the dance floor and dancing like Jay-cettes (don't know what that is - watch the show).  Until you've walked in our shoes, you have no idea how much fun a rum and coke and an 8 count can be.

What I loved most about the show is that it gave visibility to a group of folks that most had no idea existed.  It really blew me away how much hatred people had toward these guys.  All they wanted to do was dance.  But the fact that they danced in what was labeled as girls clothes, people wished death on them.  The show got two seasons on the Own network, and it was interesting journey.  They tackled homophobia, transphobia, effimophobia and HIV and they fell in love.

Get into the trailer for the show below:

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