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Hamilton Lodge Ball
aka, the Faggots Ball

The Balls at the Hamilton Lodge in Harlem drew thousands to dance and spectate
in the 1920's and 1930's, and they were cross-dressing extravaganzas.
Here is an article doing the academic angle, and then a gaggle of
clippings that give a look at the way the Balls and their customers were
described, from curiosity to moral outrage

Clippings

and here's a link to another article