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Stormé DeLarverie – Rest In Peace

One of my favorite bloggers and a posting worth reading.

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Storme DeLarverie2I read today of the death of Stormé DeLarverie. She died May 24th, 2014 at the age of 93 in the Brooklyn nursing home which had been her home in the final years of her life. I confess I did not recognize her name at first. Shame on me.

Born in 1920 in New Orleans to a Caucasian father and an African- American mother, DeLarverie, a lesbian, spent much of the 1950’s and 1960’s working as a male impersonator in The Jewel Box Revue; a female impersonation company who toured the black theater circuit. The Jewel Box Revue was the first racially integrated female impersonation show on the circuit and DeLarverie was their only “drag king”.

Storme DeLarverie1DeLarverie became famous, not for her skill as a male impersonator, but for being among the group of people who confronted the New York police when the raided The Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village on June 28, 1969. That confrontation…

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