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Laurie Lee : London’s Bona Queen of Fabulosity in 1970’s & 80’s

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  When the late Laurie Lee was a Drag Queen in London in the 1970’s & 1980’s , life was much simpler.  ‘Lol’ as he like to be called had done his National Service which was still compulsory in those days and he did a stint in the Merchant Navy where finding a ‘partner’ was … Continue reading



No Angel – A Life of Marlene Dietrich : a legendary Queer Icon

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  In 1999  American Film Institute named Marlene Dietrich as the ninth-greatest female star of classic Hollywood cinema. We think if we polled gay men (of a certain age) for Legendary Queer Icons in Gay History,  Dietrich would rate much higher than that . For those of you reading this who have never heard of … Continue reading



A Secret (Lesbian) 70-year-old Love that is no Secret anymore

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  (Press play before you start reading )   When two young Canadian girls started to fall in love in the 1940’s they decided the only way they could be together was to leave the Country and make tracks to Chicago where they could set up house together in the anonymity of a big city.  … Continue reading



The Secret Weekends at Casa Susanna

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In the early 1960’s Susanna Valenti and her wife Marie ran Casa Susanna  a popular weekend destination for cross-dressing men and transgender women. It was situated on a large private estate in the Catskills in NY in a town called Jewett where the two women also ran a wig store. Way ahead of its time Casa Susanna provided … Continue reading



The Queer Aristocrat who bought his Bride an entire Jewelry Store

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A little bit of Welsh Queer History had some closure today when a diamond tiara that once belonged to one of Britain’s most extravagant  and outrageous aristocrats was put up for Sale. The Anglesey Tiara was at one time owned by Henry Cyril Paget fifth Marquess of Anglesey who inherited it in 1891 as part … Continue reading



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