In the late 1960s he had a long-running show at the Crazy Horse.
He was refused admission to the Stonewall Tavern when in costume, although he was so admitted at some uptown straight clubs, where his artistry was recognized.
It was to Joe’s apartment that Tammy Novak ran after escaping from a police paddy wagon on the first night of the Stonewall riots.
Joe continued doing drag shows into his seventies, even performing at retirement homes.
- Martin B Duberman. Stonewall. New York : Dutton, c1993. New York: Plume, 1994: 188,197, 290n.