In my post yesterday, I failed to mention Lee Brewster, the publisher of Drag magazine.
Lee was not only the publisher of Drag, he was a mover and shaker in our community.
In the early 1970s, he organized drag balls and began a mail-order business that catered to the needs of the community.
Mr. Lee's mail-order business became so popular that he expanded it to a brick and mortar boutique in Lower Manhattan known as "Lee's Mardi Gras Boutique," and it became the shopping epicenter for girls who came from all over the country to buy Lee's wares.
For many girls, visiting Lee's store gave them their first opportunity to buy shoes and clothing that fit, to purchase wigs and cosmetics without feeling self-conscious, and to discover that they were not alone.
Lee passed on in May 2000 and his obituary in The New York Times is worth reading.
I was aware of Lee's store, but I was too closeted to shop there during my trips to The City mainly because I was usually accompanied by a friend or relative, who did not know all about me.
Markus Kenzie, fashion model.
Wearing Pink Tartan (skirt).