Nostalgia

54 Rare Historical Photos Of Drag Queens Before It Was Safe To Be Out!

by Todd Briscoe

1960s: The 1960s were a time of great change and revolution, especially sexually. The era of McCarthyism and Eisenhower was over.

1960s: The 1960s were a time of great change and revolution, especially sexually. The era of McCarthyism and Eisenhower was over.

1960s: Drag queens began to gather more regularly and openly in some of the country's first gay bars, such as the Stonewall Inn. Even this photo from Kansas City, MO, shows that drag entertainment had spread to the Midwest.

1960s: Drag queens began to gather more regularly and openly in some of the country's first gay bars, such as the Stonewall Inn. Even this photo from Kansas City, MO, shows that drag entertainment had spread to the Midwest.

1960s: Drag continued to evolve from “female impersonators” and professional performers into a form of creative self-expression for gay men.

1960s:  Drag continued to evolve from “female impersonators” and professional performers into a form of creative self-expression for gay men.

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