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The First American Drag Queen Was a Former Slave

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He fought for queer freedom a century before Stonewall,  reigning over a secret world of drag balls in Washington, DC, in the 1880s and becoming the first American activist to lead a queer resistance group. He also became, in the same decade, the first known person to dub himself a “queen of drag.” Channing Gerard Joseph offers a peek into some fascinating research for a book...

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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