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Nevertheless the ‘20s additionally saw the flourishing of LGBTQ nightlife and tradition that reached beyond the metropolitan areas,

Nevertheless the ‘20s additionally saw the flourishing of LGBTQ nightlife and tradition that reached beyond the metropolitan areas,

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On a Friday evening in February 1926, an audience of some 1,500 stuffed the Renaissance Casino in New York City’s Harlem neighbor hood when it comes to 58th masquerade and civil ball of Hamilton Lodge. Almost 1 / 2 of those going to the big event, reported the brand new York Age, seemed to be “men regarding the course referred to as ‘fairies,’ and several Bohemians through the Greenwich Village section whom. inside their evening that is gorgeous gowns wigs and powdered faces had been hard to distinguish from lots of the females.”

The tradition of masquerade and civil balls, more popularly known as drag balls, had started back in 1869 within Hamilton Lodge, a black colored fraternal company in Harlem. Because of the mid 1920s, during the height associated with the Prohibition period, they certainly were attracting up to 7,000 folks of different races and classes that are social, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and directly alike. Stonewall (1969) can be considered the start of forward progress when you look at the rights that are gay. But significantly more than 50 years previously, Harlem’s drag that is famous had been section of a flourishing, very visible LGBTQ nightlife and tradition that could be incorporated into traditional American life in a fashion that became unthinkable in later on decades. (more…)