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Lori Shannon (born Don Seymour McLean, (May 18, 1938 - February 13, 1984) was an openly gay female impersonator who was associated with the drag revues at Finocchio's nightclub in San Francisco. He wrote an entertainment column for the Bay Area Reporter. The way he appeared on the stage was notable for his size at a height of 6'6" with a raspy basso voice, and sarcastic humor.

To the American television audience, Shannon was best known for portraying female impersonator Beverly LaSalle in three episodes of the CBS sitcom All in the Family. The episodes in which he appears are "Archie the Hero" (1975), "Beverly Rides Again" (1976), and "Edith's Crisis of Faith, Part 1" (1977).

Shannon died of a heart attack at the age of 45 on February 13, 1984.



Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lori_Shannon

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Queer Media Images: LGBT Perspectives
Hardcover: 210 pages
Publisher: Lexington Books (May 16, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0739180282
ISBN-13: 978-0739180280
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Queer Media Images: LGBT Perspectives presents fifteen chapters that address how the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered communities are depicted in the media. This collection focuses on how the LGBT community has been silenced or given voice through the media. Through a study of queer media images, this book scrutinizes LGBT media representations and how these representations contribute to a dialogue about civil rights for this marginalized community. While the communication discipline has been open to the LGBT community, there has been an absence of published research and a marginalizing or tokenizing of the queer voice. Through a study of media representations, this unique collection provides a snapshot into the issues surrounding LGBT identity during a time when the Defense of Marriage Act is called into question and explores what it means to study images through a queer lens.

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