“Ladies Be Sure Your Pants Are Buttoned”


Dangerous Minds has a splendid collection of vintage photos of drag kings from back in the day when “the simple act of walking down a public street dressed in clothing associated with the gender you were not assigned at birth could get you arrested.”

Drag queens get most of the mainstream-culture attention, but as these pictures—and a couple of videos!—show, “non-male bodied drag and gender performers” have been “fighting the good fight” for decades.

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →