Life and Death on the Pulse Dance Floor: Transglocal Politics and Erasure of the Latinx in the History of Queer Dance Culture

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Lawrence, T. 2016. Life and Death on the Pulse Dance Floor: Transglocal Politics and Erasure of the Latinx in the History of Queer Dance Culture. Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture. 8 (1), pp. 1-25.
AuthorsLawrence, T.
Abstract

Although the dominant response of politicians, journalists and campaign groups to
Omar Mateen’s 12 June 2016 massacre of forty-nine people at the Pulse nightclub
in Orlando revolved around the repetition of already established arguments about
terrorism, this article will outline how the massacre amounted to a specific attack on
the Latinx community.1 It will also argue that, although distinctive, the discursive
erasure of the specifically queer Latinx finds a partial echo in the way that Latin culture
has been marginalised in writing on dance culture. An outline map of the somewhat
opaque Latinx contribution will be offered as a small tribute to those who have lived
for and now died on the Latinx dance floor. The account of the dancers who gathered
at Pulse, the music they danced to, and the unstable, marginalised and dynamic
networks of musicians, dancers and party spaces that preceded them will be considered
within J. Blake Scott and Rebecca Dingo’s (2012) evocation of the “transglocal”. If
transglocal encounters “can generate new meanings and subject positions” (Blake
Scott and Dingo: 7), so the dancers at Pulse can be seen to have moved resourcefully,
dynamically and creatively between the local and the transnational as they sought out
new modes of expression and community in a darkening global terrain.

KeywordsPulse; Orlando; Latinx; LGBTQ; DJ culture; terrorism
JournalDancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture
Journal citation8 (1), pp. 1-25
ISSN1947-5403
Year2016
PublisherGriffith University
Publisher's version
License
CC BY-NC-SA
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.12801/1947-5403.2016.08.01.01
Web address (URL)https://dj.dancecult.net/index.php/dancecult/article/view/906/773
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Print2016
Publication process dates
Deposited13 Dec 2016
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