Mariette Pathy Allen


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Change shoes, change gender
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Pajama Party
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Maxine, Ariadne, and Virginia at the Unitarian Chruch, Provincetown, MA
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Carol with neon, Provincetown, MA
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Dan and Yvonne, reversed couple
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Ted, and Ted as Linda, NYC
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Naomi, during "Fantasia Fair"
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Chrysis, veteran, with her partner's daughter
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Beth and her husband, Rita, near Boston
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Alice at Frederick's of Hollywood, Los Angeles
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Shirley and Malinda, backstage at the Fantasia Fair Follies
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Sheila, crying in church, Provincetown, MA
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Ramona and Cindy at an inn, Provincetown, MA
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Rachel, watching her father transform into Paula, Philadelphia
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Michelle and Betty Ann, Provincetown, MA
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Bob becoming Malinda
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John at Washing Machine factory, and John as Jackie
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Ari/Ariadne, near Los Angeles
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Elayne and son, Ryan, Iowa
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Jane posing on the dunes, Provincetown, MA
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Diahanna, San Francisco
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Joanne and sister, Claudia
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Vicky doing the can can with Cori and Julia, L.I., NY
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Gwen, Milwaukee, WI
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Vanessa, Cape Cod
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Line-up, Mardia Gras, New Orleans. The moment I started on my exploration.


1978 - 89

This series actually started in New Orleans on the last day of Mardi Gras,1978, when by fluke, I stayed at the same hotel as a group of crossdressers, one of whom became a friend. This chance meeting took me into a mostly closeted world of men who need to express their “feminine sides..” Realizing early on that I had stumbled upon something potentially liberating and almost completely misunderstood, I set out to de-freakify, and to offer a different view.