march 2016

shoreditch town hall

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hunty city

martin firrell

YOU ARE FIERCE!
Possessing looks that could 'kill' | Like a wild animal | US drag slang | present day

FROM THE HOUSE OF LABEIJA
'House' | LGBT group protected by a hour drag 'mother' | Pepper Labeija | Head of the House of Labeija, NYC | Circa 1971-2001

NOW WALK
Compete in a drag ball category | NYC drag ball term | 1970s/80s or earlier

CATEGORY IS
Drag ball participants 'walk' (compete) in categories projecting category-appropriate 'realness' | NYC | 1970s/1980s

THUG REALNESS
Project the image of a straight aggressive man | NYC drag ball term | 1970s/80s

EXECUTIVE REALNESS
Project the image of a powerful straight executive | NYC drag ball term | 1970s/80s

SCHOOL BOY REALNESS
Project the image of a straight high school student | NYC drag ball term | 1970s/80s

ALL AMERICAN RUNWAY
Runway walk emphasising the masculine qualities of the walker | NYC drag ball term 1970s/80s

EUROPEAN RUNWAY
Runway walk emphasising the feminine qualities of the walker | NYC drag ball term 1970s/80s

HANDS PEFORMANCE
Voguing dance movement with the arms and hands only | NYC drag ball term | 1970s/80s

VOGUING
Dance form with sudden still poses as if being photographed for the fashion magazine Vogue | NYC drag ball culture | 1980s

FINGER TUTTING
Form of body popping, like Voguing, but using only the hands and fingers | US Hip-Hop culture | 1970s/80s

CHANTÉ CHANTÉ
Expression of approval for a successful 'walker' in a drag ball category | From the French \enchanté' possibly | NYC drag ball culture | 1970s80s

READING
Insulting others for comedic effect, often competitively | A battle of wits | NYC drag ball culture | 1970s/80s

THROW SHADE
Put someone down by use of a backhanded compliement or subtle insult | NYC drag ball slang | 1970s/80s

ON YER LALLIES
On your knees | Polari | British gay slang | 20th Century

DILLY BOY
Male prostitute | Short form of Piccadilly, central London pick-up area | Polari | British gay slang | 20th Century

IS HE 'SO'?
Is he gay? | Polari | British gay slang | 20th Century

OMI PALONE
Gay man | Literally 'man'-'woman' | Polari | British gay slang | 20th Century
CHINKER
The number five (5) | Polari | British gay slang | 20th Century

QUATER
The number four (4) | Polari | British gay slang | 20th Century

TREY
The number three (3) | Polari | British gay slang | 20th Century

DUEY
The number two (2) | Polari | British gay slang | 20th Century

UNA
The number one (1) | Polari | British gay slang | 20th Century

HIDE THE CANDY
Conceal male genitals for drag | US drag slang | present day

HELLO HUNTY
Term of endearment | Portmanteu word: ''honey' + 'cunt' | US drag slang | present day

BEAT YOUR FACE
Apply make up perfectly | US drag slang | present day

BRING IT!
Step up and deliver! | US drag slang | present day

MILITARY TRADE
Sexual partner serving in the military | Polari
British gay slang | 20th Century

BASKET SHOPPING
Perusing the bulges in men's trousers || Polari | British gay slang | 20th Century

I'M SERVING FACE
Posing intensely, particularly working the face | NYC drag ball slang | 1970s/80s

YOU'RE SICKENING
To look so amazing, it leaves onlookers lost for words feeling physically ill | US drag slang | present day

I'M GAGGING
Feeling physically ill because someone's look is so sickeningly good | US drag slang present day

I'M SERVING FISH
Presenting a consummately feminine appearance | NYC drag ball slang | 1970s/80s

FISHY REALNESS
'Fishy' | Ultra feminine | 'Realness' | Absolutely convincing | NYC drag ball slang 1970s/80s

JACKIE BOUVIER REALNESS
Aka Jackie Kennedy | First Lady of the United States 1961-3 | Later Onassis | 'Realness' | Absolutely convincing | NYC drag ball slang | 1970s/80s

MARILYN REALNESS
Marilyn Monroe | Born Norma Jeane Mortenson | 1926-1962 | American movie star | Pop culture icon

WARHOL REALNESS
Andy Warhol | Born Andrew Warhola | 1928-1987 | American visual artist | Pop art icon

BIANCA REALNESS
Bianca Jagger | First wife of Mick Jagger | Born 1945| Actress | Human rights campaigner | Studio 54 icon

HOLLYWOOD REALNESS
Possessing the charisma of a Hollywood star | Modern variation | NYC drag call slang 1970s/80s





shoreditch town hall

BONA BOD
Good or beautiful body | Polari | British gay slang | 20th Century

DRINKING VERA
Drinking gin | After Vera Lynn, British wartime singer | Born 1917 | Polari | British gay slang | 20th Century

ON THE NATIONAL HANDBAG
Receiving unemployment benefit payments | Polari | British gay slang | 20th Century

VADA! VARDA!
Look! | Alternative spellings| Polari | British gay slang | 20th Century

CHARPERING OMI
Policeman | 'Charpering watching | 'Omi' man | Polari | British gay slang | 20th Century

ANGEL FOOD
Gay man serving in the United States Air Force | US LGBT slang | 1980S

FISH & CHIPS
The wife and children of a gay lover | British LGBT slang | Late 1990s

SWITCH HITTER
Bisexual | From baseball term for player able to bat with either hand | US slang | present day

BOI
Young boyish lesbian or gay man | Possibly from gay magazine 'XY' published in the United States | 1996-2007

GOING TO THE RANCH
Going crazy | Referring to American ranch style 'gay cure centres' | Possibly from the Love in Action Refuge Program, USA 1973-2007

LIGHT BLUE BOY
Gay man | 'Goluboi' | Possibly from 'Golubaya Lenta' , blue ribbons used to label gay men in Russian prison camps | Russian slang | 1940s/50s

IN THE LIFE
To be gay | Black American gay slang | 20th Century

TBH
To be had | Sexually available | Polari | British gay slang | 20th Century

175ER
Gay man | Hundert-funf-und-siebziger | From paragraph 175, German penal code outlawing homosexuality, 1871 | German slang | 19th/20th Century

SISTAGIRLS OF THE TIWI ISLANDS
'Trans aboriginal women | 'Yimpininni' in language of the Tiwi Islands | Highest proportion of trans people in Australia | Present day

TONGZHI
LGBT person | Literally 'same will/same purpose' | Party comrade | Co-opted by the Chinese LGBT community | Modern Standard Mandarin | 1990s

WELCOME TO THE GAYBORHOOD
Area favoured by LGBT people | Portmanteau word: 'gay' + 'neighbourhood' | Possibly from The Gayborhood, Philadelphia, USA | 1960s/70s






march 2016

hunty city

martin firrell

2 videos
58 images
text