Collection
Vertical Files
Material Type
Organization files
Collection
Vertical Files
Material Type
Organization files
Country
United States of America
Coverage
Canada / US
Notes
Troupe of female impersonators that worked the black theatre curcuit in the 40's, 50's and 60's.
Important gender-variant performer was Storme DeLaverie
In 1939, during a time when gay people were viewed as abhorrent subversives and a threat to society, two gay lovers, Danny Brown and Doc Benner, created and produced America’s first racially inclusive traveling revue of female impersonators. It was staffed almost entirely by gay men and one gay woman and was known as the Jewel Box Revue. In many ways it was America’s first gay community.
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