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G. G.‘s Barnum Room

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Every hepcat knows the name of the Peppermint Lounge, famed in 1960s lore. But not as many folks recall that the same space was transformed in the 1970s into the Barnum Room, the only club with transvestite trapeze artists above the dancers.

Read a period essay about the club here.

See fantabulous fotos here.

Diane Torr and MAN FOR A DAY



Diane Torr has captured everything about my own male daily life so accurately that it's scary! I always move about as if I have "little sacks of sand in my shoulders."

Madame X



From the review in VARIETY:

Fabulous is the only word to describe "Madame X," a candy-colored, fast-paced tale of a pre-op transsexual superhero from Indonesia who fights intolerance.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Sun Mar 03, 2013 | Comments (3)
Category: Movies, Superheroes, Gender-bending, Asia

Least Macho PLAYBOY-Endorsed Outfit Ever!

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From Playboy for March 1970.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Nov 02, 2012 | Comments (5)
Category: Fashion, Advertising, Public Indecency, 1970's, Gender-bending

Transvestites Can Be Cannibals Too


Harley Poe - "Transvestites Can Be Cannibals Too"
Uploaded by MonkeyEatsMonkey. - See the latest featured music videos.

Please rate this "musical" experience on a scale of one to ten.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Thu Sep 09, 2010 | Comments (3)
Category: Fashion, Music, Gender-bending, Eating

Neptune Party

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Perhaps you've heard of the naval ceremonies involved when a ship crosses the Equator.


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Well, here's how our virile warriors used to celebrate the occasion. Not sure what happens in today's co-ed Navy.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Fri Jul 16, 2010 | Comments (6)
Category: Military, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Parades and Festivals, Patriotism, Fetishes, 1940's, Gender-bending

Weird Poster

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[Photographed in Providence, Rhode Island, October 2008, corner of North Main and Branch.]

If anyone can possibly explain the meaning of this poster, please do so.
Posted By: Paul | Date: Mon Oct 20, 2008 | Comments (14)
Category: Aliens, Art, Sexuality, Signage, Posters, Gender-bending

Sworn Virgins

Traditional Albanian society was not exactly pro-women's rights. Women were expected to marry and produce children, and that's about it. They were forbidden to partake in any "male" activities, such as smoking or wearing a watch.

But there was another option. A woman could choose to become a "sworn virgin," in which case she would become a man in the eyes of Albanian society, allowed to do all the things that men do (including being able to inherit property). The big drawback was no sex or marriage for the rest of their life. The punishment for breaking the vow was death.

SFGate has an interview with one of the last "sworn virgins" in Albania. There's fewer than a hundred remaining. A 2007 Washington Post article also has a video interview with a sworn virgin.
Posted By: Alex | Date: Mon Oct 06, 2008 | Comments (5)
Category: Gender, Gender-bending

Julian Eltinge

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Every election year, politicians seek to invoke a mythical Golden Age, when life was simpler and more wholesome. Take the Edwardian Era in America, for instance, when the moral fiber of the country was still unpolluted--

--and when a drag queen like Julian Eltinge was a top attraction in high society and popular culture alike.

Face it: life was never any different.

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