In 1999, a group of gay and bisexual men came together to form a peer-led social support group. They chose the name ‘Oogachaga’, referencing the computer-generated dancing baby from the American TV series, ‘Ally McBeal’. In the TV series, the dancing baby appeared as a recurring hallucination to the protagonist, Ally.
This baby might represent different things to different people – shame, fears, hopes, dreams. These are things they often keep hidden to ourselves, which may re-emerge when they least expect it. The dancing baby is a reminder for all of us to embrace all these thoughts, feelings and experiences they keep hidden.
Also, the song that accompanies the dancing baby when it appears on the show is 'Hooked On A Feeling', which starts with an opening chant: “ooga-chaga-ooga-chaga-ooga-ooga-ooga-chaga”. The first line of the song then goes: “I can’t stop this feeling, deep inside of me". That is a line that many people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ+) can certainly relate to.See more