Sea queens

Sea queens were gay men who worked aboard mainly merchant vessels were described before the 1960s. They were predominantly effeminate gay men who worked either in entertainment or as waiters on cruise ships, often becoming off-shore 'wives' for heterosexual sailors for the duration of voyages. April Ashley refers to them in her autobiography, and they feature in the narratives of gay men derived from the Hall-Carpenter Oral Archive held in the British Library.

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