“No Tears for Alden”: Black Female Impersonators as “Outsiders Within” in the Baltimore Afro-American

@article{Gallon2018NoTF,
  title={“No Tears for Alden”: Black Female Impersonators as “Outsiders Within” in the Baltimore Afro-American},
  author={Kim Gallon},
  journal={Journal of the History of Sexuality},
  year={2018},
  volume={27},
  pages={367 - 394}
}
O n n e w Y e a r ’ s e v e i n 1938 , a national black newspaper, the Baltimore Afro-American, announced that famed Washington, DC, black female impersonator Alden Garrison had died. He was only thirty years old. Known for his appearances in nightclubs and stage performances in Baltimore, Atlantic City, and New York, Garrison was considered to be one of the most successful female impersonators on the Eastern Seaboard. Despite Garrison’s fame, the Afro-American lamented that there would be “No… CONTINUE READING

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