Nostalgia

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

by Todd Briscoe

1916: Novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald performed in drag during a college performance of a musical he co-wrote.

1916: Novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald performed in drag during a college performance of a musical he co-wrote.

1920: Drag becomes more closely aligned with the LGBT community with the advent of “drag balls,” which were enormous LGBT parties where most men dressed in drag.

1920: Drag becomes more closely aligned with the LGBT community with the advent of “drag balls,” which were enormous LGBT parties where most men dressed in drag.

1920: As the 1920s progressed, the drag balls gained more and more cultural attention, eventually starting a period called the “Pansy Craze.”

1920: As the 1920s progressed, the drag balls gained more and more cultural attention, eventually starting a period called the “Pansy Craze.”

1927: New York, Berlin, Paris, and London embraced the Pansy Craze and performers like Rae Bourbon (pictured here). This period lasted from the 1920s through the end of prohibition.

1927: New York, Berlin, Paris, and London embraced the Pansy Craze and performers like Rae Bourbon (pictured here). This period lasted from the 1920s through the end of prohibition.

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