In The Desert Of Seth

By G. B. Marian

Queer Belly Dance

I totally agree with everything in this post, especially the part about theatre dressing rooms. Having worked in theatre for a few years myself, I can attest that one doesn’t have time to ogle anyone when you’re changing costumes and putting on makeup! Also, I applaud Etsy for creating gender-neutral restrooms; that’s pretty dang neat.


Or…how to be more welcoming and inclusive to dancers of all body types.

A lot of attention has been on the trans community recently. There was my own coming out to the belly dance community, the reveal of Caitlyn Jenner, the death of Holly Woodlawn, etc. For some, this sudden-seeming change can be confusing. I have gotten some questions about inclusiveness, and I have seen others starting to come out of the woodwork asking about inclusion for queer people in the belly dance world.

First, what, exactly, do I mean by queer and trans? It is out of the scope of this blog and this post to give you an entire run down on these terms, but I will sum up.  These words are umbrella terms, and so have many meanings to many people. Queer is a term that is often used to describe the entire LGBTQ+ movement, but…

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2 responses to “Queer Belly Dance

  1. Laine DeLaney December 17, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I reblogged it as well; I was given very mixed messages at a studio that I wanted to attend in Rochester and as a result only practice off of Youtube in the privacy of my own home. I hope more studios and instructors embrace better policies in the future.

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    • G. B. Marian December 17, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      I agree! I think it’s sad that prejudice rears its ugly head even in belly dance. I am sorry to hear about your experience; I hope you will keep looking for a studio where you feel comfortable! There has to be one somewhere.


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