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18 December 2010

Kenneth Lisonbee (190? – ?) barber.

Katherine Wing was raised in Utah.

As Kenneth Lisonbee he moved to Los Angeles, and became a barber. In 1927, Kenneth married 16-year-old Eileen Garnett, and two years later was living as the husband of 19-year-old Stella Harper.


He was arrested for bigamy that year, and his sex was discovered and his girl name reported in the Los Angeles Times  The district attorney released him on the ground that no-one had been damaged.

Lisonbee had pleaded that he passed as a man to get more work as a barber.
  • Lillian Faderman & Stuart Timmons. Gay L.A.: A History of Sexual Outlaws, Power Politics, and Lipstick Lesbians. New York: basic Books, 2006:24-5, 26.
  • Tom De Simone, Teresa Wang, Melissa Lopez, Diem Tran, Andy Sacher, Kersu Dalal, Justin Emerick.  Lavender Los Angeles. Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia Pub, 2011: 23. 

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