TNG TV: High Heel Race – Laughing With Us or Laughing At Us?
Every year on the Tuesday before Halloween, onlookers both gay and straight descend upon 17th St., DC’s gay mecca, for the Dupont High Heel Race. What started 24 years ago as a couple drag queens racing down the street for the hell of it has turned into the second biggest gay event in DC. (Though this year the event is being thrown under a First Amendment permit, which designates it closer to a political rally than a block party.)
The actual race only lasts for a minute or so, and most of the event’s draw is the pageantry preceding it. I’ve always been slightly wary of this event – as I am of any reason for straight people to make a night of watching gay people parade around in crazy costumes – so I was wondering if the High Heel Race is just a ridiculous party or has a higher purpose to it. Michael and I shot the above video to try and answer that question.
(One quick note- the vast, vast majority of women I talked to at the event were straight. When I say in the video that I finally found lesbians to talk to, I mean it. It took a lot of trial and error. I wasn’t just be lazy or reductive.)
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