Strange Fruit: Legendary Ballroom Photographer Gerard H. Gaskin

“My images try to show a more personal and intimate beauty, pride, dignity, courage, and grace that have been painfully challenged by mainstream society.”

Photographer Gerard H. Gaskin has been documenting house ball life for twenty years. His latest book, “Legendary: Inside the House Ball Scene” is a vivid and beautiful look at a subculture we usually only get to see when a mainstream entertainer co-opts it.

We spoke with Gerard this week about the book, and about what the house ball scene means to him.

In our Juicy Fruit segment, we talked about George Zimmerman’s latest arrest, this time for domestic violence. We also talked about the Colorado father who shot his toddler daughter and himself, and how it raises questions about who can seek protection from dating violence. In other Juicy news this week, Jaison and Kaila loved Best Man Holiday, Mayor Bloomberg said you have to be 21 to buy cigarettes in New York City, and Jaison shared his thoughts on the Trans Day of Remembrance.

Laura Ellis

Laura is the producer of Strange Fruit, a weekly talk show focusing on race and gender, and produces other news & feature programming.

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