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America's gay techno underground

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The way gay people party in the US is changing. Andrew Ryce investigates.

A quick scan of the room at Mighty, the venue for Honey Soundsystem's New Year's Eve party, showed a decadent scene: drag queens, guys in leather gear, people engaging in various sex acts in the club's nooks and crannies (or just out in the open), a few straight couples happily dancing. It was overwhelming, sexually charged and permissive, with the almost utopian vibe you get from a really good queer party.

But the most remarkable thing was the soundtrack, a potent mixture of house, disco and techno played by DJs whom the organizers referred to as "the ambassadors of the gay techno underground." A relatively new phenomenon, this gay techno underground is bringing queer people in North America back to dance music and making gay parties relevant again. It's changing the face of gay culture in the US. "Honey Soundsystem changed my life," a guy told me on the dance floor that night.

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