Glamorous Parisian Boys: The Transgender Performers of Madame Arthur's (NSFW)

Madame Arthur's is one of Paris' most famous cabaret nightclubs, deemed as the "Sodom of the Seine" as it removes the usual showgirl and replaces the stereotype with "Les Boys".

It catered to the LGBTQ community when no one else was, embracing outsiders, weirdos, and the non-traditional by disregarding society's expectations of gender roles. The club was a playground for transvestite performers such as Coccinelle. The name of the club came from a song from 1850, written by Michael Feingold and performed by cabaret performer and actress Yvette Guilbert:

Madame Arthur is quite the lady
They chatter and chatter about her all over Paris
She may be mature and slightly shady
But each man is her lover-to-be!

Cheeky, we daresay. According to historians, an artist would first be hired through Madame Arthur's, and the best performers would be given the opportunity to perform in Le Carrousel, the sister club. Here are some images of Parisian trans trailblazers.


Images are from Dangerous Minds.

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