Tag: Shade

  • Ballroom and Language

    Ballroom and Language

    Harlem’s role in the 1970’s ballroom scene and many other earlier iterations of trans expression, is well known. What may not be as well known are the linguistic contributions that originated in this musical/fashion/identity/dance scene. Slang words like “shade” — to speak ill of something or someone –- or “werk,” as in “werk it,” or…