San Jose: Joe's Nairobi Lounge, . 8 1/2 x 11", offset printed on blue
paper. Illustrated with three photographs.
Original poster for performances by Sir Lady Java, here billed as the "World's Loveliest Female Impersonator" at the San Jose club Joe's Nairobi Lounge in 1970, with Shirley Butler opening. Sir Lady Java was an African-American performer who became the first transgender person to be defended by the ACLU, after a police crackdown on night clubs in Los Angeles under Rule 9, which forbade "impersonating" another sex in performance. Protests ensued, which were documented in Jet Magazine at the time. The law would finally be struck down two years later in a different case. This performance dates from the following year. Rare ephemera from a pioneer and very important individual in the struggle for transgender rights.
Very good with toning to margins and a short 1/4" nick to right margin. Item #25784