Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Noel McKay: vintage (vinyl) album cover

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | August 26, 2010 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Gay Icons and History, Politics, The Movement, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: drag history, drag queens, gay history, trans history, vintage

Stumbled upon this album, not knowing the performer but knowing I'd want to share this on Bilerico in case some of you remember him. Turns out it was pretty easy to find a little information on Mr. McKay's work at Queer Music Heritage, including a touching personal history and photo provided by an old friend of his.

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There're so many of these performers whose work is being lost, were it not for the dedication of a few folks today. A good friend of mine, for example, has collected just about everything humanly possible about drag performer Rae Bourbon, including the original manuscript of Bourbon's autobiography (written while he was in jail on a wrongly-indicted murder charge), almost all of Rae's self-produced and -published recordings, and his one novel, printed by a vanity press in Ohio.

There's a show pretty much (excuse the pun) screaming to be done about these pioneering folk.

Queer Music Heritage is one of my favorite sites. It's a gold mind of queer history.

Now why isn't the wig on his head?

Thanks, GrrrlRomeo and to Bilerico for again plugging my site. Female Impersonation/Drag is a special focus of my site (besides the 10+ years of programming obsure queer music..:) I have a huge.....wait for it....section on it, starting here

http://www.queermusicheritage.com/drag.html

JD Doyle