Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

The Three Mysterious Misses: antique theatre photo

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 17, 2010 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Entertainment, Entertainment, Gay Icons and History, Transgender & Intersex
Tags: antique photo, drag queens, female impersonator, gender studies, trans history

One of the great frustrations of sex research is finding wonderful estate pictures like this and not having any idea who the people are or the story behind their poses. Were they transgenderists away from the cameras or actors who impersonated purely for laughs? Was theatrical impersonation, perhaps, the only way some transgenderists could safely express their true identities? It's mysteries like that which keep me going back for more.


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"or actors who impersonated purely for laughs?"

It's the phony 'coy' pose. Straight guys doing drag.

battybattybats battybattybats | November 18, 2010 12:11 AM

So only straight guys in Drag ever did the phony coy pose? Never cis women, never gay guys in drag, never trans people using drag as a safe outlet or a somewhat acceptable way to survive?