Sir Lady Java coined “The Prettiest Man on Earth” back in the 1960s…WOW!

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Female impersonator, Sir Lady Java Creole born entertainer based in Los Angeles over 60 years. Friends to the Stars.

Saturday, June 18, 2016: Attended an incredible Celebration of ‪#‎TransPride‬ L.A. 2016 at the ‪#‎LGBT‬ Center on Schradder which Honored the Legendary ‪#‎SirLadyJava‬ with the “2016 ALEXIS RIVERA TRAILBLAZER AWARD”. ©ourtesy of http://bit.ly/1Xya56u | Sir Lady Java worked as a performer and female impersonator based in Los Angeles during the 1960s. This was in a time when the word transgender didn’t exists, Java was known as “The Prettiest Man on Earth”. At that time in Los Angeles, a law called Rule #9 made it illegal to “Impersonate by means of costume or dress a person of the opposite sex” and was used frequently by authorities to break up shows to arrest gay and trans people. As Continue reading

The InFamous ‘Jewel Box Review’

WHAT? ….A DRAG

The Jewel Box Revue was a famous drag/female impersonator touring company that began in 1939 and ran well into the 1960s. Danny Brown and Doc Benner were lovers and longtime producers of the revue, and were said to be pretty tough customers who never backed down from a fight and were known to run a very tight ship. They were hard on their employees but could be brutal to anyone who messed with “their girls.” The show became incredibly popular throughout the United States. Stars of the revue such as Mr. Lynne Carter, whose talent and skill as a dancer was legendary, became quite famous and included the Rat Packer and toe-tapper Sammy Davis Jr. as a fan. The drag revue was most often comprised of “25 Men & One Girl.” The one girl was none other than Miss Storme DeLaviere who served as the sole male impersonator for the revue. Storme would garner iconic status within the LGBT community in 1969 for being one of the first people to fight back against police officers during the raid on the Stonewall Inn. The riots that followed would spark the modern gay-rights movement. Despite government crackdowns against gay performers and female impersonators, the revue successfully toured America and Canada for nearly 30 years. At the height of its popularity the revue headlined at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem to rave reviews. (Jewel Box Revue photos via QueerMusicHeritage. Click on photo to begin slide show.)The Jewel Box Revue was a famous drag/female impersonator touring company that began in 1939 and ran well into the 1960s. Danny Brown and Doc Benner were lovers and longtime producers of the revue, and were said to be pretty tough customers who never backed down from a fight and were known to run a very tight ship. They were hard on their employees but could be brutal to anyone who messed with “their girls.” The show became incredibly popular throughout the United States. Stars of the revue such as Mr. Lynne Carter, whose talent and skill as a dancer was legendary, became quite famous and included the Rat Packer and toe-tapper Sammy Davis Jr. as a fan. The drag revue was most often comprised of “25 Men & One Girl.” The one girl was none other than Miss Storme DeLaviere who served as the sole male impersonator for the revue. Storme would garner iconic status within the LGBT community in 1969 for being one of the first people to fight back against police officers during the raid on the Stonewall Inn. The riots that followed would spark the modern gay-rights movement. Despite government crackdowns against gay performers and female impersonators, the revue successfully toured America and Canada for nearly 30 years. At the height of its popularity the revue headlined at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem to rave reviews. (Jewel Box Revue photos via QueerMusicHeritage. Click 4slide show.) – – posted by ©Storme DeLarverie 

A 1950s Movie Lot

Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis, Sammy Davis Jr. and Jack Lemmon on the lot, 1950s. Photo by Phil Stern.Sidney Poitier, Tony Curtis, Sammy Davis Jr. and Jack Lemmon on the lot, 1950s. Photo by Phil Stern. – – ©ourtesy of theNiftyFifties