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The Cemetery Angel & The Queens of the Sydney Underworld

Who They Were:  Kate Leigh (1881-1964 107 convictions) Tilly Devine (1900-1970 204 convictions) What They Did: The Queens of the Sydney Underworld KATE: Kate was born on 10 March 1881 in Dubbo, New South Wales, the eighth child of Roman Catholic parents Timothy Beahan, and his wife Charlotte. Her childhood and teenage years included childhood […]

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A Perfect Piece of African Sculpture & A Convent Burning Opera Singer

Gladys Bentley Born: August 12, 1907     Died: January 18, 1960 What she did: Harlem Renaissance Entertainer Facts: Gladys was born in Pennsylvania. Her father George was American and her mother, Mary, was Trinidadian. Unfortunately, hers was not a happy childhood. The eldest of 4 children in a low-income family, Gladys struggled. It didn’t help that […]

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A Drag Queen Scorned & The Drag Mother

Sylvia Rivera Born: July 2nd, 1951     Died: February 19, 2002 What she did: Self-identified drag queen who fought tirelessly for transgender rights, as well as for the rights of gender-nonconforming people. Facts: Sylvia was born as Ray Rivera, on July 2nd, 1951 in the Bronx, New York and lived most of her life in or […]