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Edited by on June 8 2012 at 9:32 AM

It takes a lotta balls to put on a dress. Sure today drag queens are a staple of the queer community and have even crossed over into the mainstream with the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race lip-synching their way into the hearts of America. But back in the day it wasn’t so easy for a boy who wanted nothing more than to put on a dress and, I don’t know — a two-tone, three-foot-tall beehive wig with a sensible bang — and sashay his/her way to freedom. As part of our Men’s month here at FashionIndie – some vintage drag queens and female impersonators from yesterqueer.

Because as these pictures prove, it took a lotta balls to put on a dress and it took a real man to tuck.


Story by Lester Brathwaite

I was center square from 1969 to 1978, during which I perfected the art of the zing as well as a crippling cocaine addiction. Bea Arthur was responsible for both. @LesFabian lester at