THE PANSY CRAZE

When gay nightlife in Los Angeles really kicked off

This period, during the late 1920s and the early 1930s, was a golden era in Los Angeles for gay performers, entertainers in drag and the crowds of Angelenos – gay, straight, rich and poor – that loved them. It was during Prohibition and all the clubs were underground; but the culture was completely open and vibrant, filled with fluid sexuality and music that was often coded. It was called the Pansy Craze and it swept up not only Los Angeles, but many of the major cities nationwide. Written by Jenny Hamel

Story at KCRW

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Promotional photo of Bruz Fletcher, who performed on the Sunset Strip for five years. Photo courtesy of Tyler Alpern