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Annie Hindle & Annie Ryan

The first popular male impersonator in US Theater was Annie Hindle (1847 – July 14, 1897), who started performing in NY in 1867; in 1886, she married her dresser, Annie Ryan (died in 1891).

The New York Sun, December 27, 1891: “In the summer of 1886 Annie Hindle's dresser and faithful companion was a pretty little brunette of 25 - a quiet, demure girl, who made friends wherever she went.

She accompanied Hindle to and from the theatre, and she was a very valuable help to the singer.

One night in June 1886, Annie Hindle and Annie Ryan left the Grand Rapids Theatre, where Hindle was then engaged, and drove to the Barnard House.

In room 19, a minister of the gospel, the Rev. E.H. Brooks, awaited the couple.

There was a best man, jolly Gilbert Saroney, who, oddly enough, was a female impersonator, but there was no bridesmaid.

At ten o'clock Mr. Brooks performed the marriage ceremony, and solemnly pronounced Annie Hindle the husband of Annie Ryan.

The female groom wore a dress suit.


The first popular male impersonator in US Theater was Annie Hindle, who started performing in NY in 1867; in 1886, she married her dresser, Annie Ryan. "I know all the circumstances," said Rev. Brooks. "The groom gave me her - I mean his - name as Charles Hindle, and he assured me that he was a man. The bride is a sensible girl, and she was of age. I had no other course to pursue. I believe they love each other and that they will be happy. “

The bride was in her traveling costume…

"I know all the circumstances," said Rev. Brooks. "The groom gave me her - I mean his - name as Charles Hindle, and he assured me that he was a man. The bride is a sensible girl, and she was of age. I had no other course to pursue. I believe they love each other and that they will be happy. “

The two remained together until Ryan's death in 1891.

Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1500563323
ISBN-13: 978-1500563325
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Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher


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