“When Drag Kings Ruled Alongside The Mafia”

“At a café in lower Chelsea, author and historian Lisa Davis leaned across the table to pass 40-year-old lesbian gossip to me. ‘Corinne wanted to take everything from Lee,’ she said. ‘So Lee called the Mafia. They sent Big George to Long Island, and that was the end of the problem. Corinne immediately backed down, Big George went home, and Lee got half the business.’ Davis paused for a moment to enjoy my shock. “Oh yes,” she said. “The Mafia was very equitable!'” Read more about Queer nightclubs in the 1930s and 1940s, Lesbians who worked for the Mob and Lisa Davis’ novel, Under the Mink.

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