Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Phil Black, vintage female impersonator

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | March 31, 2010 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Gay Icons and History, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: Phil Black, trans history, vintage drag, vintage female impersonator

Another gem I picked up along my surfing adventures, a trans performer bringing joy and entertainment to a private suburban New York gathering, ca. 1950s.

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And more evidence to show the AA community that trans people just didn't pop up in the late 20th-early 21st century

We've always been an intertwined part of the African American community.

Regarding some of these photos you've been putting up with men in drag from around WWII and the Korean War, I wonder how many are related to the shows soldiers put on with men filling all parts (including gay men in drag) to entertain the troops? Many were even officially-sponsored by the military! I've been reading about this in the interesting book called "Coming Out Under Fire".

Gloria Brame | April 1, 2010 12:18 PM

John, I assume that quite a few of them were indeed either soldiers in official shows or bored ones stuck someplace where they had to make their own fun. Thanks for the comment!

bill barbour | July 27, 2010 7:34 AM

I am trying to locate a copy of an old Ebony or Jet magazine that featured an article on Phil Black's Masquerade Ball. I believe it was published in 1956 or 58. Any help would be much appreciated.