Rare And Glamorous Photos Reveal The Gender Fluidity Of Cross-Dressers In The 1950s

November 3, 2014 2:16 PM

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Rare And Glamorous Photos Reveal The Gender Fluidity Of Cross-Dressers In The 1950s

Casa Susanna was a getaway for cross-dressers in the 1950s and 1960s in Hunter, New York. At a time when gender norms allowed for little to no flexibility, this safe haven allowed men to explore their gender fluidity and express their femininity.

Tito Valenti, who often went by the name of Susanna, founded the house, along with his wife Marie, who ran a wig store on Fifth Avenue. The pair hosted a variety of men, some who brought wives and girlfriends along with them, others who left their significant others at home. In the safe space of the...

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