Whose refuge, this house? the estrangement of queers of color in electronic dance music

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Electronic dance music (EDM) scenes have passed through several cycles of broad popularity and exposure, often weakening their ties to the queer, Black, Latinx, and transgender urban nocturnal worlds from which they emerged. Given the importance of these originating music scenes to their minoritized participants as spaces of survival, comfort, recognition, and community-building, it is equally important to examine this pattern of estrangement and assess its stakes for the queers of color who have played a pivotal role in this music’s development. This chapter first seeks to redress the lacunae of conventional EDM historiography by providing a revisionist history that focuses on issues of sexuality, race, and ethnicity. It then traces queer counterhistories into the present, redressing the apparent disappearance of queers of color from present-day scenes and industries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Music and Queerness
EditorsFred Everett Maus, Sheila Whiteley
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)9780199793525
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2018


  • electronic dance music (EDM)
  • historiography
  • queer
  • race
  • ethnicity
  • sexuality
  • music scenes
  • Black
  • Latinx


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