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13 November 2008

Brigham Morris Young

Given the current interest in Mormons I reproduce this picture of the famous Utah female impersonator Madam Pattirini, who was also Brigham Morris Young (1855 - 1931), the 35th son of the Brigham Young.

This picture is a circa 1883 placard advertising an appearance in Logan, Utah. Young performed as Pattirini at Mormon venues from the 1880s to the 1900s. He did a convincing falsetto, and many in the audience did not realize that Pattirini was Young.

He had one wife and 10 children.

  • Connell O’Donovan. “’The Abominable and Detestable Crime Against Nature’: A Revised History of Homosexuality & Mormonism, 1840-1980”. In Brent Corcoran (ed) Multiply and Replenish: Mormon Essays on Sex and Family. Salt Lake City: Signature Books 1994. Expanded and revised version online at:

1 comment:

  1. Fabulous! I'm a straight Mormon and I think that's great.


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