Fans of raver-shaming worldwide are likely familiar with the Fashion Disasters of DEMF group on Facebook, an annual collection of photographs from Detroit’s yearly techno festival, Movement, that chuckles at the expense of those who choose to wear too-tight fishnets and neon pasties in public. However, caught in the net of this year’s collection were several images of sizable, shirtless men, packed snuggly into sequin shorts.
This group of gays, though more visible than sizable in numbers compared to the overwhelming heterosexual presence at Movement, is nevertheless indicative of a new trend in underground house and techno. One that finds the gay community, at least a clued-up niche of it, looking for something more sophisticated than the pop-driven world of mainstream gay dance clubs. Partiers who, like their independently-minded straight peers, want to dance to a more sophisticated strain of 4/4 beats that can undoubtedly trace its roots to the gay-driven disco scene of the late 70s and early 80s.