Queer Bronzeville: African American LGBTs On Chicago's South Side, 1920-1940

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    Mar 04, 2012 9:19 PM GMT
    Queer Bronzeville: African American LGBTs On Chicago's South Side, 1920-1940

    Bronzeville's most powerful inhabitants (Reverend Clarence Cobbs) and its most famous musicians (Tony Jackson, Rudy Richardson, Sippie Wallace, Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon, and George Hannah) were homosexuals. Joe Hughes, owner of a popular gay-friendly bar, was elected honorary mayor of Bronzeville in 1940. Journalist Theodore Jones regularly hired drag queen Valda Gray's troupe of female impersonators for parties given for Bronzeville's upper class. On the streets, working-class African American queers were also accepted. Lorenzo Banyard, a drag entertainer, remembers riding streetcars to the West Side, dressed in drag, without incident.

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    Mar 05, 2012 12:02 AM GMT
    Caslon18453 saidQueer Bronzeville: African American LGBTs On Chicago's South Side, 1920-1940

    Bronzeville's most powerful inhabitants (Reverend Clarence Cobbs) and its most famous musicians (Tony Jackson, Rudy Richardson, Sippie Wallace, Frankie "Half-Pint" Jaxon, and George Hannah) were homosexuals. Joe Hughes, owner of a popular gay-friendly bar, was elected honorary mayor of Bronzeville in 1940. Journalist Theodore Jones regularly hired drag queen Valda Gray's troupe of female impersonators for parties given for Bronzeville's upper class. On the streets, working-class African American queers were also accepted. Lorenzo Banyard, a drag entertainer, remembers riding streetcars to the West Side, dressed in drag, without incident.

    Read the whole story and view more photos here.


    I'm a HUGE gay history buff!! Love this, thanks for sharing icon_smile.gif
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    Mar 05, 2012 6:06 PM GMT
    Very interesting perspectives on sexual identity there, plus that drag troupe photo is priceless!