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20 Jun 1896, 3 - Cromwell's Kansas Mirror at Newspapers.com copy.jpg
A sketched portrait of Grace Espy Patton, whom some believe was the first LGBTQ+ student and faculty member of what is today Colorado State University. The drawing appeared across the nation as part of a syndicated newspaper story on Patton and other…

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The Fort Collins Courier remarks on the supposed gender failings of the prolific Kansas agitator, political activists, and orator, Mary Ellen Lease. Charging women with being "unsexed" by their advocacy and rhetorical acumen was not uncommon during…

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A weekly announcement of unclaimed letters issued by the Loveland post master notes that there was an unclaimed letter for a mister "Oscar Wilde" at the post office. Wilde, of course, only traveled through Northern Colorado on train. He never stepped…

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The Greeley Tribune records an incident of an officer reprimanding a woman and her husband for gender impersonation while walking down the street. The woman claimed to have done the "masquerading" as a lark, but the offense was considered severe by…

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An article form the Loveland Register describing the upcoming masquerade ball hosted by the "Woodmen of the World" at the Armory Hall. As per usual, men in masks would need to buy tickets while all women attendees could enter for free. However, in…

30 Dec 1908, 6 - The Larimer County Independent at Newspapers.com - Copy.pdf
A report from the Fort Collins Weekly Courier on Rev. W.H. Head's sermon against the sinfulness of Chicago. Particular attention is paid to the "First Ward Ball," described as an "annual event" held in Chicago that was a "second Sodom and Gomorrah."…

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An account in Estes Park Trail Talk describing a "cowboy dance" in Estes Park where at least some of the men dressed as women and the women dressed as men. The men were presented with onion "corsages."

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A humor column in the Rocky Mountain Collegian, notes that there are no "effeminate men" or "masculine women" to be found at Aggies. From the context here, it is unclear whether Aggies refers to the column, the university, or some other entity or…

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A reprint of a joke about the effeminacy of smoking, as told from the perspective of two male "friends." The joke was printed in the the Estes Park Trail in 1922. The strong implication is that these two men are homosexual. The joke is reprinted from…

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A report from Colorado State Teacher College in Greeley, where the university's male athletes request sports writers in the state avoid referring to them by names like the "teachers" as they fear being seen as effeminate.
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