The Windy City Times reported last week on the death of 64-year-old Ketty Teanga, a longtime performer at some of Chicago’s LGBT nightclubs. “Miss Ketty,” the name under which she performed, was profiled in a 2006 Reader piece by Kari Lydersen, who followed her travels from Latin America northward:

Ketty Teanga learned to dance in a drag show in Puerto Rico in the 60s. Then a slim teen increasingly uncomfortable in a male body, she did salsa dancing dressed in skimpy women’s outfits, the closest she could come to looking the way she felt. “There was no silicone, no hormones, nothing,” she says. “Everything was illusion—fake wigs, fake titties.”