Nostalgia

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

by Todd Briscoe

1941: However, as long as the cross-dressing was done for the purpose of entertainment, the public could handle men in dresses.

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1946: When men wore dresses for their own enjoyment, society pushed them to be more conservative.

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1947: In the 1940s, leaders like J. Edgar Hoover pushed for the U.S. to adopt greater conservatism. These photos show that drag performance could still be mainstream, though. Ironically, J. Edgar Hoover was also accused of being a transvestite.

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1947: The Flamingo Club in Los Angeles was one of the hottest performance houses in town, attracting both gay and straight audiences.

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1947: And despite growing conservatism in the United States, a drag queen could still make a living and please hundreds of fans.

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1949: This San Antonio drag queen proves that traditional states like Texas could appreciate drag entertainment.

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