Empress Is a Man: Stories from the Life of Jose Sarria

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In The Empress Is a Man: Stories from the Life of Jose Sarria, Michael Gorman exposes Sarria's life in a frank manner and with a unique storytelling ability that simultaneously causes amusement and sadness. You'll find The Empress Is a Man fascinating as you read about the life of this truly courageous, outrageous, and remarkable man.
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Anecdotes about Gorman (b. 1923) include his being the first openly gay male to run for political office, being one of America's best known female impersonators, entertaining live and on film throughout the world, being featured in a PBS documentary, and fighting at the Battle of the Bulge with the US Army. An index would spoil the surprises, and a bibliography would get people in trouble. Paper edition (unseen) $19.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789002594
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Series: Haworth Gay and Lesbian Studies
  • Pages: 278
  • Product dimensions: 15.20 (w) x 21.80 (h) x 2.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi
Acknowledgments xv
Part 1 We are Family
The Empire Begins 1
The Cemetery 5
The Disturbance 13
For Unto You Is Born This Day in the City of San Francisco 25
Kidnapped! 33
Enquiring Mind 45
A Voice for All Ages 49
The Mexican Dancer 53
The Baron 59
Hermano a Hermano 71
Part 2 They Say that in the Army
The Boys from Texas 75
You're in the Army Now 87
Andre and the Girls 97
Corsets in the Wind 103
Part 3 The Black Cat
She is Like, Out and About: A Regular USO Show. Mmm-Hmm Honey! You Hear What I'm Saying? 113
Jimmy and the Black Cat 123
The Arrest 137
Pierre 143
God Save Us Nelly Queens 161
Nervous Queens in the Temple 165
Singing into the Silence 169
The American Legion Performance 173
I Am a Boy 179
The Feud 181
Blessings from the Black Cat 187
The Society for Individual Rights Anniversary 195
The Ice Queen 201
The Election 203
Rising to Heaven, or Thereabouts 209
Pearls! 213
Part 4 The Imperial Court
San Francisco 221
The Victorian Chapter 227
The Diva 235
Senator Emperor 243
Cinderella Did Drag 247
To Oz? 255
Get Me to the Church in Drag 259
The Great Idaho-Utah War 261
Mr. DeMille? 265
Bridges 271
Two Old Farts 275
His World 277
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