Previous to the twentieth century, many LGBTQ folks have been siloed and didn’t publicly disclose their identities. It’s typically difficult for historians to establish teams of LGBTQ folks from the nineteenth century and earlier. One exception was an early social membership in Washington, D.C. Within the Eighties, William Dorsey Swann, a person born into slavery, made historical past because the very first “queen of drag.” Along with different homosexual Black males, Swann attended the primary documented drag balls held in Washington, D.C. The attendees would dance in satin ball robes. As can be the case with homosexual gatherings for generations to return, the unique drag balls have been additionally damaged up by the police. Swann’s story went largely unheard till journalist-turned historian Channing Joseph found a information clipping about one such police raid.