The First Drag Queen was a Former Slave

The First Drag Queen Was a Former Slave (Channing Gerard Joseph)

Coming of age at a time when an entirely new form of freedom and self-​determination was developing for African Americans, Swann and his house of butlers, coachmen, and cooks—the first Americans to regularly hold cross-dressing balls and the first to fight for the right to do so—arguably laid the foundations of contemporary queer celebration and protest.

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