Redacted Pansies by Kavel Rafferty

  • Redacted Pansies by Kavel Rafferty


    Limited edition giclee archival print


    Signed edition of 20


    Size: A4, unframed


    In the early 1900s, “pansy” - along with “buttercup,” “daisy,” and even “horticultural lad”  - were used as terms for a gay man, or any man exhibiting characteristics the name-caller considered unmanly.  “Pansy” was the flower that would remain associated with the gay community, however, largely due to the underground drag balls that experienced a  surge of popularity in Los Angeles, New York, and other major cities in the 1920s-1930s.


    Drag performers were called “pansy performers” because of their colorful clothing, and the “Pansy Craze” of the era helped to kickstart a legacy of gay nightlife, even though the end of prohibition led to many drag balls and performances being shut down.