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  1. Queens at Heart (1967)

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: UCLA Film and Television Archive
    Creator:
    Date: 1967
    Topics: Drag, Drag balls, Drag queens, Femininity, Gay bars, Gender confirming surgery, Homophobia, Homosexuality, Hormones, LGBTQ suicide, Medicalisation, Sex (Act), Trans women, Transphobia
    Subject: Jay Martin
    Description: "This short pseudo-documentary offers a rare look at trans life and drag ball culture in mid-1960s New York." According to Jenni Olson, the LGBTQ historian and archivist who rediscovered the film i...
  2. The United Novelty Company!

     
    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: Peabody Essex Museum
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1800
    Topics: Female impersonators, Theater
    Subject: Alice Crouse, B. P. Poulsand, Geo. F. Ropes, Horace Coffin, Jimmie Smith, John Ryan, Lulu Coffin, Lyceum Hall, Ned Miller, Norris & Semons, The United Novelty Company, W. H. Smith, W. H. Wymond
    Description: Advertisement for event featuring female impersonator W. H. Smith
  3. The Fascinating Widow

     
    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: Peabody Essex Museum
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1910
    Topics: Female impersonators, Theater
    Subject: Ann Kingsley, Dwight Meade, Empire Theater Players, Julian Eltinge, The Fascinating Widow, Tommie Martelle
    Description: Advertisement for the play "The Fascinating Widow" starring female impersonator Tommie Martelle in a role originated by Julian Eltinge.
  4. San Francisco Minstrels!

     
    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: Peabody Essex Museum
    Creator:
    Date: May 12, 1874
    Topics: Female impersonators, Minstrel shows, Theater
    Subject: A. Smidt, Beaumont Read, Billy Birch, Birch, Wambold, and Backus' San Francisco Minstrels, C. Henry, Charley Backus, D. S. Wambold, E. Kirwan, J. Wills, Johnson & Powers, Joseph Norrie, Mechanics Hall, S. Watts, T. A. E. Richardson, T. P. Jones, The Great Ricardo, W. Blakeney, W. S. Mullaly, W. Schwab
    Description: Advertisement for event featuring minstrel and female impersonation act The Great Ricardo
  5. The Celebrated Rentz Santley Novelty Company

     
    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: Peabody Essex Museum
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1870
    Topics: Burlesque (Theater), Female impersonators, Theater, Vaudeville
    Subject: 4 Aesthetic Four 4, Alice Daily, Alice Smith, Andy and Annie Hughes, Annie Boyd, Billy Buckley, Blanch Moncrief, Bruno Kennicott, Don Jose, Dutch Daly, Edgar Edgerton, Edith Sinclair, Emma Alfredo, Emma Wilson, Esther Vaughan, Fannie Florence, Fred Wilson, Georgia Lester, Harry Morris, Harry Woodson, Kate Gresham, Laura Bennett, Lillie Ashford, Lizzie Paine, Louise Giroux, Lulu Mortimer, M. B. Leavitt, Mechanic's Hall, Millie Ellsworth, Rentz Santley, Teddy Raynor, The Masher's Quadrille, The Rentz Santley Novelty Company, The Spanish Dude, Topsy Robins, Victoria North, W.M. Skuse
  6. Just Arrived: The New Dime Museum

     
    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: Peabody Essex Museum
    Creator:
    Date: circa 1880
    Topics: Dime museums, Female impersonators, Theater
    Subject: Essex Street, G. B. Bunnell, Irene Woodward, J. Lang, Joseph Jenny, Signor Giovanna, The New Dime Museum, The Tattooed Lady
    Description: Advertisement for a Dime Museum featuring female impersonator Joseph Jenney.
  7. The Evangeline Combination

     
    Collection: Ephemera
    Institution: Peabody Essex Museum
    Creator:
    Date: Feb. 12, 1877
    Topics: Dance, Female impersonators, Opera, Theater
    Subject: A. S. Pennoyer, BABA, Blanche Selickson, C. M. Winter, Clara Fisher, Cora Verne, Edward E. Rice, Edwin S. Tarr, Eliza Weathersby, Estelle Stroelin, Evangeline, Flora Lee, George H. Cassidy, George Ulmer, Golden and Dixey, Harry Braham, Harry Hunter, Harry Josephs, Hattie Richardson, Herman Singleton, J. Cheever Goodwin, J. P. Steele, J. R. Quincy, Lizzie Webster, Louise Winans, Lucy Wood, M. C. Daly, Mechanic Hall, N. C. Goodwin Jr., Niblo's Garden, Seth M. Crane, Stella Richings, The Boston Museum, The Evangeline Combination, The Heiffer Dance, The Lydia Thompson Troupe, W. W. Bullock
    Description: Advertisement for a production of Evangeline featuring female impersonator Harry Josephs as Catherine.
  8. Donna Sachet Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: OUTWORDS
    Creator: Sachet, Donna
    Date: Jul. 27, 2016
    Topics: Child abuse, Coming out, Drag, Drag queens, Gay bars, Gay Christians, Gay community, Gay men, Gay movement, HIV/AIDS, Homophobia, Lipsynching, Methodist Church, Police harassment, Stonewall riots
    Subject: ACT UP, Bette Davis, Beverly Sills, Black Cat Bar, Campus Crusade for Christ, Donna Sachet, Donna Summer, Empress of San Francisco, Fire Island, Gay Men's Chorus, Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), GLAAD Media Awards, Joan Crawford, José Sarria, Juanita More, Judy Garland, Mark Leno, Miss Gay San Francisco, Perry Ellis, Shanti Project, Tavern Guild, The Celluloid Closet, Trannyshack
    Description: "In July 2016, Donna invited OUTWORDS to record her story at her stylish home just above the Castro in San Francisco. She talked honestly about her wretched childhood, and the freedom she finally f...
  9. Bradley Picklesimer Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: OUTWORDS
    Creator: Picklesimer, Bradley
    Date: Mar. 28, 2018
    Topics: Anti-gay violence, Berdache, Drag, Drag queens, Gay discos, HIV/AIDS, Homophobia, Hormones, Police raids, Porn films (LGBTQ), Sexual assault, Siblings, Stonewall riots, Transitioning (Transgender), Transvestites
    Subject: ACT UP, AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), Bernard Jay, Bradley Picklesimer, Café LMNOP, Chi Chi LaRue, Club Agogo, Courtney Act, David Bowie, Divine, Francis Marion Picklesimer, Henry Faulkner, Jayne County, Judy Garland, Lee Angelique, Martha Lynn Stone, Miss Bradley, Sweet Evening Breeze, The Montparnasse, The Thrusters, Wade Littrell
    Description: "For his OUTWORDS interview in March 2018, Bradley very generously traveled from Meally to a friend’s home in surprisingly queer Lexington, Kentucky. Bradley’s stories were epic with detail and emo...
  10. Valda Prout Oral History

     
    Collection: Oral Histories with People of Color
    Institution: OUTWORDS
    Creator: Prout, Valda
    Date: Aug. 6, 2016
    Topics: Anti-transgender violence, Coming out, Drag, Drag balls, Drag queens, Gay bars, Gender confirming surgery, Hair removal, Homophobia, Hormone therapy (Gender), Police harassment, Police raids, Racism, Segregation, Slurs, Theater, Transgender Black people, Transgender people, Transitioning (Transgender), Transphobia, West Indian Americans
    Subject: Agassiz Village, Auntie Mame, Dorothy Mallory, Dr. Risch, George L. Prout, Jacques, La Belse, Mae Bonds, Paul Robeson, Phil Black, Punch Bowl, Summer Stock, Valda Prout
    Description: "Today, Valda lives in a small apartment just north of Logan Circle in Washington DC, a short walk from the African American Civil War Memorial, which honors the more than 200,000 black soldiers wh...
  11. Nancy Nangeroni Oral History

     
    Collection: Audio and Video Clips and Transcripts
    Institution: OUTWORDS
    Creator: Nangeroni, Nancy
    Date: Feb. 8, 2018
    Topics: Anti-transgender violence, Coming out, Conservatives, Family members, Feminism, Gender dysphoria, Genderqueer people, HIV/AIDS, Homophobia, Lesbians, LGBTQ chosen families, Medicalisation, Motorcycling accidents, Murders of LGBTQ people, Public bathroom bills, Radio (LGBTQ), Trans women, Transgender activism, Transgender people, Transgender political activists, Transgenderism, Transitioning (Transgender), Transphobia, Transsexual people
    Subject: Adrienne Lynch, Barack Obama, Barney Frank, Bathroom Act, Bay Windows, Black Lives Matter (BLM), Brandon Teena, Caitlyn Jenner, Chanelle Pickett, Christine Jorgensen, Deborah Forte, Donald Trump, Emily Rooney, Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), GenderTalk, Gordene Olga Mackenzie, Gunner Scott, Gwendolyn Ann Smith, Holly Boswell, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE), Kate Bornstein, Lynn Conway, Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC), Merissa Sherrill Lynn, Michigan Womyn's Music Festival, Nancy Nangeroni, Napoleon Hills, Renee Richards, Riki Anne Wilchins, Rita Hester, Senior Action in a Gay Environment (SAGE), The Village Voice, Think and Grow Rich, Transgender Day of Remembrance, Transgender Nation, Transgender Tapestry, Transsexual Menace, Virginia Stephenson, Yvonne Cook-Riley
    Description: "OUTWORDS traveled to Albuquerque in February 2018 to interview Nancy at the home she shares with Gordene. Nancy is at work on her memoir and serves on the board of the TG Resource Center in Albuqu...
  12. Dee McKellar with Cat

     
    Collection: JD Doyle Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: Jun. 1997
    Topics: Trans women, Transgender people, Transgender political activists
    Subject: Dee S. McKellar
  13. Dee McKellar and Melinda Whiteway at the 1997 International Conference on Transgender Law and Employment Policy

     
    Collection: JD Doyle Photographs (1950-2000)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator:
    Date: 1997
    Topics: Trans women, Transgender activism, Transgender people, Transgender political activists
    Subject: Dee S. McKellar, International Conference on Transgender Law & Employment Policy (ICTLEP), Melinda Whiteway
    Description: Taken at the 1997 ICTLEP Conference (International Conference on Transgender Law and Employment Policy). On the left is Dee McKellar. On the right is Melinda Whiteway, who was the female co-chair o...
  14. Mutate, No. 3 (1999)

     
    Collection: Zines
    Institution: Queer Zine Archive Project
    Creator: Milo
    Date: 1999
    Topics: Coming out, Gender, Leather community, LGBTQ musicians, Poetry (LGBTQ), Queer artists, Transgender culture
    Subject: Pansy Division, The Smiths
    Description: The third issue of queer zine Mutate, featuring an interview with the band Pansy Division. Also in this issue is a personal coming out story, poetry, and prose writing.
  15. Transsexual Sues Dallas Police

     
    Collection: Newspaper and Periodical Clippings (1950-2000)
    Institution: JD Doyle Archives
    Creator: This Week in Texas (TWT)
    Date: circa May 15, 1981
    Topics: Arrests of LGBTQ people, Police, Police harassment, Transphobia, Transsexual people, Transsexuality
    Subject: Dallas Police Department
    Description: News article on page 12 of This Week in Texas, volume 7, number 8, published May 15-21, 1981. The article details the legal troubles of a trans person in Dallas. The person in question experienced ...