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Last night, Oxygen debuted The Prancing Elites Project, a reality show about an “all male black gay dance team from Mobile, Alabama.” While the Prancing Elites have found viral success via their j-setting routines (“It’s like a cheerleading and voguing combined in one with a lot of pelvic thrusting,” explains Elite Adrian on their dance style), back at home they face open bigotry of the “You’re going to hell and I’m going to say that right to your face” variety.

Such was the case when they were denied a license to dance in a parade in Saraland, Alabama. The official excuse was that these effeminate men would upset families. (Tip: If your family is so brittle that a few men in eye shadow and leotards are going to threaten it, you need much more than Jesus.)

“It hurts my heart,” said Adrian. “I just feel like I have this disease that no one wants to be around.” They went anyway, faced the open disdain of the crowd, and finally removed themselves when they felt like they’d proved their point/couldn’t take any more verbal abuse.

A few supporters approached them after they’d finished dancing. Kentrell, the Elites’ captain, explained to a distraught young girl, “You know about Martin Luther King, and Rosa Parks, and all of those people? They fought and they fought and they helped us have our rights today. That’s what we doing. We’re not trying to change people, we’re just letting people know that we’re different, and it’s OK to be who we are.”

The battle for equality wages on, and the kind of courage exhibited by the Prancing Elites is needed to win it.