2021 - 2022 Modern Volume 21

The Trial of Princess Seraphina: The First Recognisable Drag Queen in English History (Reprint)

by Bethan Davis Princess Seraphina, whose real name was John Cooper, was the first recognisable drag queen in English history, who took Thomas Gordon to court for stealing his clothes in 1732. The trial of Princess Seraphina was a captivating and enigmatic moment in LGBT+ history; sodomy was a capital punishment, and whilst Gordon outed …

2021 - 2022 Modern Volume 21

Marsha P. Johnson: A Trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ Black Community (Reprint)

By Anya Goulthorpe “As long as my people don’t have their rights across America, there’s no reason for celebration”.  This quote was eloquently spoken by LGBTQ+ activist and social trailblazer, Marsha P. Johnson. She would later be attributed to propelling the gay liberation movement, something which many modern historians fail to recognise due to the …