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While it felt that most of NYC was rioting over PS5’s, a far more significant uproar was taking place just over the bridge in Brooklyn. Only six days ago at a gas station in Brooklyn, O’Shae Sibley and a group of friends vogueing to Beyonce’s Renaissance were approached and told to stop dancing. The confrontation lead to the murder of O’Shae Sibley, a 28-year-old black queer accomplished dancer, choreographer, activist and well known member of the ballroom scene. Friends, family and supporters including Rev. Yunus Coldman, Keven Aviance, Ceyenne Doroshow, Qween Jean and queer activist Yves were among hundreds gathered for a memorial BALL on the same street corner of the scene of the crime. “You can’t help but feel that when something like this happens to someone from your community that it could have been you, your life could be taken away from you simply by expressing yourself whether by something you are wearing or even dancing in public.” Says Alexey Kim who was the photographer on the scene. “One of the most powerful images I think I was able to capture and the one that was reposted widely is a photo of “we won’t stop dancing” that was written on the road in blue chalk”. Demonstrating that expressing BPOC queer joy will never be silenced, we danced for justice, pain and O’SHAE SIBLEY.
CHECK OUT THE IMAGES FROM THE MEMORIAL BALL BELOW: