Nostalgia

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

by Todd Briscoe

1960s: Drag became less about a making a living and more about finding a community.

1960s: Drag became less about a making a living and more about finding a community.

1960s: Though not emblematic of the “drag scene,” this unique photo shows a 1960s Los Angeles police troop in drag. There were frequent attacks on older women by muggers, so the police dressed in drag as a trap.

1960s: Though not emblematic of the “drag scene,” this unique photo shows a 1960s Los Angeles police troop in drag. There were frequent attacks on older women by muggers, so the police dressed in drag as a trap.

1969: This photo, taken the same year as the Stonewall Riots, shows a similar plan in NYC. This drag-wearing cop might actually have been part of the raids.

1969: This photo, taken the same year as the Stonewall Riots, shows a similar plan in NYC. This drag-wearing cop might actually have been part of the raids.

1967: This photo, taken a few years before Stonewall, is emblematic of some trailblazers that paved the way for LGBT rights.

1967: This photo, taken a few years before Stonewall, is emblematic of some trailblazers that paved the way for LGBT rights.

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