>Tonight I am attempting to uncover the start of the tradition of go go boys dancing with flags. It’s an offbeat tradition that I’ve seen in gay bars for years. So far, I’ve found: Go Go Boy Diary and looking for Circuit Party Flag, I found this.
Neither of which have helped at all. I’m very specifically looking for websites that aren’t “adult” in nature, which is probably throwing my chances of actually finding the info. Maybe I’ll try wikipedia next…
~ Update ~
No luck on wikipedia, but I did find what I was looking for. (Or I found enough to satisfy my curiosity.) From http://www.flaggercentral.com/body_article.php?article=22:
For those in the know, flagging is hardly new. Flag lore has it that a
gay contingent visiting New York from California was introduced to fanning (dancing with fans) in the mid-Seventies at the gay and then-hot spot, 12 West. The group returned to the West Coast and carried fanning into gay clubs in San Francisco. Soon enough, the art found its way to bars in Baltimore, Philadelphia and Fort Lauderdale, and fabric fans replaced paper ones that ultimately shredded. Fan dancing began to fade from gay night life by the nineties, when AIDS claimed the lives of many dancers before they had a chance to pass along their knowledge of the art.
Yet a new generation of clubbers revived fanning, first by spinning their T-shirts or bandanas in lieu of fans, then by stitching fabric flags from scratch. Call it what you want: rag-dancing, spinning linen, throwing fabric or flag dancing, the art has mutated, and today flagging graces clubs and circuit parties in Dallas, New York City, L.A., and as far away as Montreal and Sydney, Australia.
Some flaggers perform with troupes in choreographed dances, but many prefer to go it alone, freestyling their way through house and trance tracks. Standard sizes for flags are thirty-five inches in width and forty-five in length, but this too can vary.
Much more pretty than the hulahooping that I’ve read about in the past.