Martin Firrell
Welcome to the Gayborhood
Gayborhood is 1960s American slang for an area popular with LGBT+ people. It is a portmanteau or compound word composed of the two words 'gay' and 'neigborhood'. The phrase may have been coined originally to describe The Gayborhood, Philadelphia USA.

This work is part of Hunty City, a video artwork exploring the two main linguistic traditions of Polari (UK) and American drag slang from the New York City Balls of the 1970s and 80s.

Polari is the great language of oppression: a coded language to enable LGBT+ people to express themselves whilst avoiding detection as both demonised and criminalised homosexuals.

The drag slang of the New York City Ball scene can be regarded as a language of freer expression and reclamation. African and hispanic Americans created the Ball Scene and its attendant language to allow themselves free expression beyond mainstream white drag culture.
Part Of
Hunty City
High definition colour video 07:37
Shoreditch Town Hall, London UK
1 to 12 March 2016
Supported by
Shoreditch Town Hall
Hi-res image