Known as “the Rosa Parks of the gay community”, Storme DeLarverie was a performer and activist until her passing in 2014.

DeLarverie, born to a black mother and a white father, was known as the only ‘male impersonator’ at the Jewel Box Revue, the only racially integrated drag troupe of the time.

DeLarverie had a profound influence on street fashion; her androgynous style inspired many lesbians to adopt “men’s” clothing as their preferred wear. She is considered to have pioneered gender nonconforming fashion far before the advent of unisex clothing.

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