Must Watch: Paris is Burning

Paris is Burning is an American documentary by Jennie Livingston. The film focuses on certain traditions that were practiced within New York's drag community in the 1980's. Since casting was portrayed by real people: queens, girls, men, non binary people, etc., the entire gender spectrum is represented. The film took place in a time period where the queer community was everything but mainstream, so providing a platform for those whose voice's were often silenced had exposed lifestyles that many are ignorant to.   

Left: stills of Carmen Jones on how her transsexualism operation has "closed the closet door".



Much of today's beloved slang is credited through the exposure of certain queens in Harlem. Dorian Corey, a star within the ball scene in New York, appears throughout the film and provides history on traditions practiced by drag queens. 

Above: stills of Dorian Corey from Paris is Burning.

If RuPaul's Drag Race Season 9 has you questioning everything about the origins of drag culture, then this documentary is a good place to start your research. You can find the film on Netflix and Amazon. Now, sashay away.