#TBT: Famous Moments On the Wrong Side of History
BY Christopher Harrity
July 31 2014 4:00 AM ET
Above: Loaded into the paddy wagon simply for wearing women's clothing.
Drag Behind Bars: The Crime of Female Impersonation
It wasn't until the late 1960s in New York that a man could walk peacefully down the street in a pair of sling backs. Men wearing women's clothing was considered a pernicious crime and the police and lawmakers aggressively pursued the so-called criminals. Stringent laws allowed men to wear women's clothing only on stage in theatrical performances. The famous drag balls in the first half of the 20th century tensely flaunted those laws with sometimes tragic results. In the 2010 documentary Beautiful Darling about transgender Warhol Superstar Candy Darling, Holly Woodlwan talks about the period of time when the police would stop her on the street and shine a flashlight into her eyes looking for traces of mascara. If they saw it? Off she went to jail.
Below: Catch Fran Lebowitz's wrong side of history transphobia in the trailer for Beautiful Darling.