"This study of house/ball culture also makes for yet another example of the positive impact of liberation psychologies at work among people attempting to thrive and survive amid systemic marginalization and dismissal by outgroup members in the wider society."
(Michele K. Lewis PsycCRITIQUES
"Butch Queens Up in Pumps meticulously details how racism, poverty, homophobia and AIDS still challenge the black lgbt community and how Ballroom culture in Detroit provides a space of resistance, yet as a combination of ethnography and memoir, the book reads personally and emotionally in a way that few academic studies achieve."
—Lambda Literary Review
(Chase Dimock Lambda Literary
Finalist, Lambda Literary Award in LGBT Studies, 2014
(Lambda Literary Award
Winner, Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize, 2015
(Alan Bray Memorial Book Prize
About the Author
Marlon M. Bailey is Associate Professor of Gender Studies and American Studies at Indiana University.