Ballroom Culture: the Language of Vogue | Ronald Murray | TEDxColumbus



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This is a small glimpse into the underground culture known as the House and Ballroom Scene. House and Ballroom culture has been instrumental in changing the lives of the participants/members and has been influencing mainstream pop culture since the early 80s. With reference from celebrities such as Madonna in her song Vogue, and even RuPaul’s drag race has paid homage to this culture and community.

Ronald Murray, also known as Father Ron ‘drama’ Xclusive Lanvin and one of the curators of the House and ballroom culture in Ohio and throughout the Midwest and nationally, walks us through the long and fruitful history of the ballroom culture and the language of Vogue which was created within this community. This underground scene has existed for more than 40 years as an underground community/culture. The 1990s documentary “Paris is Burning” was the first glimpse in this community. While the culture has been mainly within the LGBTQ of
communities of color, it has recently regained mainstream acknowledgment as the focal point of the hit Ryan Murphy Show “POSE” on FX and on Viceland channel “My House.”

Ronald G. Murray is a community leader who lives in Columbus, Ohio with over 15 years of training, education advocacy, counseling and social work experience beginning as a youth HIV/AIDS advocate consultant. Ronald is committed to educating the community about and advocating for the House and Ballroom community as a safe and worthy community to provide outreach, education, community support, and visibility within our local and national community.

Ronald G. Murray is a community leader with more than 15 years of training, education advocacy, counseling and social work experience beginning as a youth HIV/AIDS advocate consultant. He also is the founder and CEO of P.E.A.C.E. of Mind, LLC, a consulting agency that provides personal and professional development and education on the issues surrounding LGBTQ people of color.

Murray also has been an active participant and leader in the underground house and ballroom culture since 1993. He is committed to educating others about and advocating for this community as a safe and worthy conduit for local and national outreach, education, support and visibility. Additionally, Murray is a licensed social worker and chemical dependency counselor with a master’s degree in public administration. He lives in Columbus. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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  1. St. Arrison Le'Moyne says:

    Good job Ron!

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