And ya don’t stop: investigating race, space and meaning in Toronto’s queer party ‘Yes Yes Y’all’
thesisposted on 2021-05-23, 14:41 authored by Trudie Jane Gilbert
This Major Research Paper (MRP) is a case study of the queer hip hop and dancehall party Yes Yes Y’all (YYY). This MRP seeks to challenge white, cismale metanarratives in Toronto’s queer community. This paper employs Critical Race Theory (CRT) and queer theory as theoretical frameworks. Racialization, racism, homophobia, homonormativities and homonational rhetoric within queer discourses are interrogated throughout the analysis. In pursuit of this research, five participants and two key informants were interviewed. Four emergent themes are explored: fluid identities, the intersection of race and sexuality, dancing as expression of sexuality and gender identity, and the transgressive possibilities of YYY.