This week, we’ll be investigating a documentary released in 1990 called Paris Is Burning, directed by Jennie Livingston. Filmed in the mid-to-late 1980s, it chronicles the ball culture of New York City and the African-American, Latino, gay, and transgender communities involved in it. Some critics consider the film to be an invaluable documentary of the end of the "Golden Age" of New York City drag balls, and a thoughtful exploration of race, class, gender, and sexuality in America.
In this inaugural episode of the Mattachine podcast, we’ll be exploring the podcast’s namesake origin: the Mattachine Society. We’ll explore the rise, social acceptance, and eventual downfall of the society.