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Female impersonators


  • Here are entered works on men who impersonate women, generally for purposes of entertainment or comic effect. Works on women who impersonate men, generally for purposes of entertainment or comic effect, are entered under [Male impersonators.] Works on persons, especially males, who assume the dress and manner of the opposite sex for psychological gratification are entered under [Cross-dressers.]

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  • Variants

    • Cross-dressers (Female impersonators)
    • Crossdressers (Female impersonators)
    • Drag queens
    • Impersonators, Female
    • Impersonators of women
    • Queens, Drag
  • Broader Terms

  • Closely Matching Concepts from Other Schemes

  • Earlier Established Forms

    • Impersonators, Female
  • Sources

    • found: Wikipedia, Feb. 8, 2006("The term drag queen originates in Polari, the language of gay men in England in the early part of the last century. Drag meant "clothes", and was also theatre slang for a woman's costume worn by a male actor. A queen is an effeminate gay man. Another term for drag queen, female impersonator, is still used though it is often regarded as inaccurate as many contemporary drag performers are not attempting to pass as women ... Some members of the lesbian, gay, and bisexual community criticize drag queens and their participation in pride parades and other public events, believing that this projects a limited and harmful image of gay people and impedes a broader social acceptance. Others see this point of view as intolerant of the diversity and history of the gay community. Still others simply regard drag as traditional fun that need not be politically analyzed.")
    • found: The drag queen anthology: the absolutely fabulous but flawless customary world of female impersonators, c2004.
    • found: Moore, F. Drag!: male and female impersonators on stage, screen, and television, c1994.
    • found: Trans Student Educational Resources, WWW site, Apr. 2, 2017:(Drag performers are cross-dressing performers who take on stylized, exaggerated gender presentations (although not all drag performers identify as cross-dressers). Cross-dressing and drag are forms of gender expression and are not necessarily tied to erotic activity, nor are they indicative of one’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Do NOT use these terms to describe someone who has transitioned or intends to do so in the future.) - http://www.transstudent.org/definitions
    • found: GLAAD Media Reference Guide, WWW site, Apr. 2, 2017:Glossary of terms (Transgender women are not cross-dressers or drag queens. Drag queens are men, typically gay men, who dress like women for the purpose of entertainment. Be aware of the differences between transgender women, cross-dressers, and drag queens) - http://www.glaad.org/reference/transgender
  • General Notes

    • Here are entered works on men who impersonate women, generally for purposes of entertainment or comic effect. Works on women who impersonate men, generally for purposes of entertainment or comic effect, are entered under [Male impersonators.] Works on persons, especially males, who assume the dress and manner of the opposite sex for psychological gratification are entered under [Cross-dressers.]
  • Example Notes

    • Notes under [Male impersonators; Cross-dressers]
  • Change Notes

    • 1986-02-11: new
    • 2019-08-25: revised
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