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Les Girl great and Valley legend moved to palliative care

One of the true greats of Les Girls and a legend of Fortitude Valley nightlife, Trixie Laumonte, has been moved to palliative care. Scroll down for vids of Trixie performing. Trixie Laumonte’s drag career began at the iconic Les Girls in Sydney’s Kings Cross. The incredibly beautiful showgirl was often said to resemble sixties movie …

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Sheena Easton: drag tribute act was pop star’s ex-husband

At the height of 80s pop star Sheena Easton’s American success, newspapers reported on a drag tribute act planned for the clubs of her native Glasgow. Fans of Drag Race might ask: was there a Family Resemblance? F*ck yeah! The drag queen impersonating Sheena and singing her biggest hits was former husband Sandi Easton. Couldn’t …

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1943: Hawking the fork in wartime Brissie

Sydney Thomas Smith was hawking the fork on the inner city streets of wartime Brisbane for six months before the local wallopers caught up with them in 1943. Sydney Thomas Smith never said or did anything to indicate they were transgender. But few would in 1943 Australia. However, for almost a decade from the age …

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1950: Judy Canova, a ‘moon man’, apparently meaning gay

The biggest problem with old newspaper articles about queers is working out what’s true. Take this 1950 Sydney Truth snippet about Judy Canova, a man in ‘drag’. Judy Canova “Remarkable things go on in Sydney after dark,” reported the Sydney Truth alongside a stealth pic of a man standing at his front door in drag. …

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1943: John William MacIntyre, was X-dressing criminal?

A police constable arrested Corporal John William MacIntyre in the Domain in 1943 for the ‘crime’ of wearing makeup, bows in his hair, and ‘scanties’ under his uniform. But was X-dressing illegal? When Constable Flick detected a strong perfume wafting on the breeze on a Saturday night in the Domain, he traced the scent to …

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1944: the girls of Stalag 383, drag queen POWs

In 1944, Australian Prisoner of War (POW) Corporal Walter Dressler wrote home to his sister in Perth about the girls of Stalag 383, the drag queen POWs who helped keep prisoners’ spirits up during their WWII internment. Walter’s sister shared his letter and a few photos with the Perth Mirror. The prisoners who volunteered to …

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1918: Julian Eltinge, the most famous drag queen

In 1918, Australian newspapers celebrated the move to the silver screen by popular stage star Julian Eltinge, the world’s most famous drag queen. Julian Eltinge first performed in drag at the age of 10 in the Boston Cadets. made his Broadway debut in drag in 1904. became one of the highest-paid actors on the American …

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1980: Danny La Rue Down Under

Everything old is new again. Surely yes. Because in 1980, the most famous drag queen in the world starred in the TV show Danny La Rue Down Under. Made in New Zealand. Yep, 4 decades before RPDRDU! What’s that you say? Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. 👀 Another snippet …

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Beware the towering Drag Queen Wig of Doom

The search to present the human body in unexpected and surprising forms leads to ever more extreme drag aesthetics. But beware of hidden danger. We speak not of the much-maligned inner saboteur but of the towering drag queen wig of doom. Despite the anguished howls of fun-hating feral far-right troglodytes, drag is increasingly popular. Drag …

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Boulton & Park: 1871 drag trial reverberated around world

The Boulton and Park trial titillated and scandalised 1870s England. Were Fanny and Stella entertainers or perverts — and if perverts — had they broken any law? Even in far-off Queensland, the scandal of the Men in Petticoats reverberated. “DRAG,” the Queensland Times tagged an 1870 article. “For a whole month, the public curiosity has …

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