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Drag King
Drag kings are mostly female performance artists who dress in masculinity, masculine Drag (clothing), drag and personify male gender stereotypes as part of an individual or group routine. A typical drag show may incorporate dancing, acting, stand-up comedy and singing, either live or Lip sync, lip-synching to pre-recorded tracks. Drag kings often perform as exaggeratedly Machismo, macho male characters, portray marginalised masculinities such as construction workers and rappers or they will impersonate male celebrities like Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and Tim McGraw. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, several drag kings became British music hall stars and British pantomime has preserved the tradition of women performing in male roles. Starting in the mid-1990s, drag kings started to gain some of the fame and attention that drag queens have known. History and terminology While the term '':wikt:drag king, drag king'' was first cited in print in 1972, there is a longer histo ...
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Drag Show
A drag show is a form of entertainment performed by drag Drag or The Drag may refer to: Places * Drag, Norway, a village in Tysfjord municipality, Nordland, Norway * ''Drág'', the Hungarian name for Dragu Commune in Sălaj County, Romania * Drag (Austin, Texas), the portion of Guadalupe Street adja ... artists impersonating men or women. Typically, a drag show involves performers singing or lip-synching Lip sync or lip synch (short for lip synchronization) is a technical term for matching a speaking or singing person's lip movements with sung or spoken vocals. Audio for lip syncing is generated through the sound reinforcement system in a li ... to songs while performing a pre-planned pantomime or dancing. There might also be some comedy, skits Sketch comedy comprises a series of short scenes or vignettes, called "sketches", commonly between one and ten minutes long. Such sketches are performed by a group of comic actors or comedians, either on stage or through an au ...
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Sackville Gardens
Sackville Gardens is a public space in Manchester, England, bounded by The Manchester College, Manchester College's Shena Simon Campus on one side and Whitworth Street, Sackville Street (Manchester), Sackville Street and the Rochdale Canal and Canal Street, Manchester, Canal Street on the others. The land was purchased by Manchester City Council, Manchester Corporation in 1900 and laid out with walks, lawns and flower beds. Known as Whitworth Gardens, it was planned to complement the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, Municipal College of Technology's Sackville Street (Manchester)#The Sackville Street Building, Sackville Street Building. It is regularly used for events, such as Village People and Manchester Pride, and it is used as the meeting point each morning for Free Manchester Walking Tours. Turing memorial The park contains the Alan Turing memorial statue, which depicts the "father of modern computing" sitting on a bench at a central position in ...
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Drag Queen
A drag queen is a person, usually male, who uses drag clothing and makeup to imitate and often exaggerate female gender signifiers and gender roles A gender role, also known as a sex role, is a social role A role (also rôle or social role) is a set of connected behavior Behavior (American English) or behaviour (British English; American and British English spelling differences#-our, ... for entertainment purposes. In modern times, drag queens are associated with gay men Gay men are male homosexuals Homosexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction Sexual attraction is attraction on the basis of sexual desire or the quality of arousing such interest. Sexual attractiveness or sex appeal is an ... and gay culture Gay men are male homosexuals Homosexuality is romantic attraction, sexual attraction Sexual attraction is attraction on the basis of sexual desire or the quality of arousing such interest. Sexual attractiveness or se ...
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Stonewall Riots
The Stonewall riots (also known as the Stonewall uprising or the Stonewall rebellion) were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the LGBT community, gay communityAt the time, the term ''gay'' was commonly used to refer to all LGBT people. in response to a police raid that began in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City, New York, United States of America. Patrons of the Stonewall, other Village lesbian bar, lesbian and gay bars, and neighborhood street people fought back when the police became violent. The riots are widely considered a watershed event that transformed the gay liberation movement and the twentieth-century fight for LGBT rights in the United States.; As was common for gay bars in the USA at the time, the Stonewall Inn was owned by the American Mafia, Mafia. While police raids on gay bars were routine in the 1960s, officers quickly lost control of the situation at th ...
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Stormé DeLarverie
Stormé DeLarverie (December 24, 1920 – May 24, 2014) was an American woman known as the Butch and femme, butch lesbian whose scuffle with police was, according to Stormé and many eyewitnesses, the spark that ignited the Stonewall riots, spurring the crowd to action. She was born in New Orleans, to an African American mother and a white father.Yardley, William (May 29, 2014)Storme DeLarverie, Early Leader in the Gay Rights Movement, Dies at 93 in ''The New York Times''. She is remembered as a Gay liberation, gay civil rights icon and entertainer, who performed and hosted at the Apollo Theater and Radio City Music Hall. She worked for much of her life as an Master of ceremonies, MC, singer, Bouncer (doorman), bouncer, bodyguard, and volunteer street patrol worker, the "guardian of lesbians in the Greenwich Village, Village." She is known as "the Rosa Parks of the LGBT community, gay community."Luce, James (07/12/2010)Gay Community's Rosa Parks Faces Death, Impoverished and Alone ...
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Gladys Bentley
Gladys Alberta Bentley (August 12, 1907 – January 18, 1960) was an American blues Blues is a music genre A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from ''musical form'' and musical style, although in ... singer, pianist, and entertainer during the Harlem Renaissance The Harlem Renaissance was an intellectual and cultural revival of African American music, dance, art, fashion, literature, theater and politics centered in Harlem Harlem is a neighborhood in Upper Manhattan, New York City. It is bounded ro .... Her career skyrocketed when she appeared at Harry Hansberry's Clam House in New York New York most commonly refers to: * New York City, the most populous city in the United States, located in the state of New York * New York (state), a state in the northeastern United States New York may also refer to: Film and television * New ...
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Hetty King
Winifred Emms (4 April 1883 – 28 September 1972), best known by her stage name Hetty King, was an England, English entertainer who performed in the music halls as a male impersonator over some 70 years. Early life She was born in New Brighton, Merseyside, New Brighton, Cheshire, where her itinerant family were living temporarily; they were usually based in Manchester. Her father, William Emms (1856–1954), was a comedian and musician who performed as Billy King and ran Uncle Billy's Minstrels, a troupe who constantly travelled around the country with a portable theatre and caravans. As a child, she began appearing in her father's shows, imitating popular performers of the day. She adopted the name Hetty King when she first appeared on the stage of the Shoreditch, Shoreditch Theatre, at the age of six. Career King started performing as a solo act in music halls in around 1902, doing impersonations of such stars as Gus Elen and Vesta Victoria. In her early career, she p ...
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Ella Shields
Ella Shields (27 September 1879 – 5 August 1952) was a music hall Music hall is a type of British theatrical entertainment Entertainment is a form of activity that holds the attention and interest In finance Finance is the study of financial institutions, financial markets and how they opera ... singer and male-impersonator. Her famous signature song, " Burlington Bertie from Bow", a parody of Vesta Tilley's "Burlington Bertie", written by her manager and first husband, William Hargreaves, was an immediate hit. Though American-born, Shields achieved her greatest success in England. Background and early life Ella Shields was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1879. Her true surname appears to have been Buscher (sometimes spelled Busher). She was educated in South Bend, Indiana. It is not certain when she adopted the stage name Shields. "Ella" might also have been a stage name. Career Shields began her career in 1898, doing a vaudeville song-and-dance act wit ...
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Vesta Tilley
Matilda Alice Powles (13May 186416September 1952) was an English music hall performer. She adopted the stage name Vesta Tilley and became one of the best-known male impersonators of her era. Her career lasted from 1869 until 1920. Starting in provincial theatres with her father as manager, she performed her first season in London in 1874. She typically performed as a dandy or fop, also playing other roles. She found additional success as a principal boy in pantomime. By the 1890s, Tilley was England's highest earning woman. She was also a star in the vaudeville circuit in the United States, touring a total of six times. She married Walter de Frece, a theatre impresario who became her new manager and songwriter. At a Royal Command Performance in 1912, she scandalised Mary of Teck, Queen Mary because she was wearing trousers. During the First World War she was known as "England’s greatest recruiting sergeant" since she sang patriotic songs dressed in khaki Fatigues (uniform), fa ...
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Annie Hindle
Annie Hindle was the first popular male impersonator performer in the United States. Born in the 1840s in England, she and her adoptive mother, Ann Hindle, migrated to New York City New York, often called New York City to distinguish it from New York State New York is a state State may refer to: Arts, entertainment, and media Literature * ''State Magazine'', a monthly magazine published by the U.S. Department of ... in 1868. Hall performed as a male impersonator in solo acts and in minstrel show The minstrel show, also called minstrelsy, was an American form of racist Racism is the belief that groups of humans possess different behavioral traits corresponding to inherited attributes and can be divided based on the superiority S ...s from 1868 to 1886. Early life Annie Hindle was born in England in the mid-1840s and adopted by Ann Hindle. Annie Hindle had an affinity for both singing and wearing men's clothes at an early age and began performing on t ...
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Susanna Centlivre
Susanna Centlivre (c. 1669 (baptised) – 1 December 1723), born Susanna Freeman and also known professionally as Susanna Carroll, was an English poet, actress, and "the most successful female playwright of the eighteenth century". Centlivre's "pieces continued to be acted after the theatre managers had forgotten most of her contemporaries." During a long career at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, she became known as the second woman of the English stage, after Aphra Behn. Life The main source of information on Centlivre's early life is Giles Jacob, who claimed he had received an account of it directly from her. This was published in ''The Poetical Register'' of 1719, yet it includes little information about her early life. Centlivre was probably baptised Susanna Freeman at Whaplode, Lincolnshire on 20 November 1669, as the daughter of William Freeman of Holbeach and his wife, Anne, the daughter of Mr Marham, a gentleman of King's Lynn, Lynn Regis, Norfolk.J. Milling, "Centlivre , ...
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En Travesti
''Travesti'' is a theatrical term referring to the portrayal of a character in an opera, Play (theatre), play, or ballet by a performer of the opposite sex. For social reasons, female roles were played by boys or men in many early forms of theatre, and ''travesti'' roles continued to be used in several types of context even after actresses became accepted on the stage. The popular British theatrical form of the pantomime traditionally contains a role for a "principal boy", a breeches role played by a young woman, and also one or more pantomime dames, female comic roles played by men. Similarly, in the formerly popular genre of Victorian burlesque, there were usually one or more breeches roles. Etymology The word means "disguised" in French. Depending on sources, the term may be given as travesty, ''travesti'', or ''en travesti''. The ''Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English'' explains the origin of the latter term as "pseudo-French language, French", although Fr ...
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