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22 April 2009

Zazu Nova (194? - ) sex worker, convict.

Zazu hustled in lower Manhatten in the late 1960s, sometimes in female drag. She advertised herself as the ‘Queen of Sex’.

She was from upstate New York, and a staunch Unitarian. She had a violent temper and had been in prison more than once. It was rumored that she had done time for murder. She often carried a large chain in her purse for self-defense.

She was in the frontline at the Stonewall riots in 1969 alongside Marsha Johnson.
  • David Carter. Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked The Gay Revolution. New York: St. Martin’s Press . 2004: 64-5, 162, 261, 298n11.

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