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In July 2017, Joyita Mondal was appointed as a judge on a Lok Adalat (a type of civil court) in West Bengal, India, making her the first transgender person to serve in such a role in that country. This comes after years of hard work fighting for the rights of the LGBT community, as well as for the rights of other marginalized communities -- the elderly, the disabled, and anyone else facing discrimination.
George W. Walker in “In Dahomey”, 1903. Photo by Cavendish Morton. "In Dahomey" was "the first full-length musical written and played by blacks to be performed at a major Broadway house." In 1903 it was heralded as "the most popular musical show in London". George W. Walker was also husband to Vaudeville sensation Aida Overton Walker, when he became too ill to perform she often wore his White Tie costume, playing his role + her own.
1800s: Brigham Young’s son, Brigham Morris Young, made a career in drag performing as Madam Pattrini. Supposedly, his falsetto was so convincing that many audiences did not know he was a man. It’s hard to believe early LDS audiences responded so positively to such a concept, but it was quite popular at the time.
a list of transgender historical figures from throughout LGBT history - people who were assigned one gender at birth, and lived their lives (or parts of their lives) conforming to a different one. Some of them were openly transgender, some were genderfluid or nonbinary, and several kept their trans identities secret, sometimes for their entire lives.
To escape slavery, light-skinned Ellen Craft disguised herself as a male slaveholder. Her husband, William, who was darker skinned, posed as her slave valet. They successfully traveled to the North, and eventually to England, where they published a narrative recounting their lives as slaves and their daring escape: Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom: The Escape of William and Ellen Craft from Slavery (1860).
Nancy Valverde (1932–) was born and raised in East Los Angeles. She worked as a barber; lived with the same woman for 25 years; and raised four boys. Tired of being arrested for wearing men's clothing, she visited the LA County Law Library in 1959 and discovered this was not actually a crime in Los Angeles. The arrests stopped but the police harassment did not.
QUEER HISTORY MONTH, DAY 16: Ethel Waters (1896-1977) was a multi-talented performer and one of the most popular African American artists of the mid-twentieth century. She first became famous in the 1920s singing the blues on Black Swan records, the most successful African American owned record company of the era. During this decade she also had relationships with women, and in the early 1920s she toured the country in support of Black Swan with her girlfriend, dancer Ethel Williams, by her sid
A photograph of a burlesque performer from the 1890s. Burlesque shows became incredibly popular during the 19th century as they displayed the female figure to a male audience used to seeing women whose forms were hidden by clothing such as crinolines. The modern form of burlesque was brought to America in the 1860s by Lydia Thompson with her group ‘The British Blondes’.