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LGBTQ+ Studies: A Resource Guide

Drag and Gender Performance

This page provides research strategies and a selection of recommended resources related to drag and gender performance.

Browse the Library of Congress Online Catalog to find materials on early gender non-conforming people, drag queens, femme mimics, cross-dressers, male impersonators using the subject headings listed below:

The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are provided when available.

Newspapers are one of the earliest resources for finding information related to drag and gender bending. In the United States, black newspapers began publishing this information years before more mainstream outlets.

The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are provided when available.

The subscription resources marked with a padlock are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.