Queer Places:
Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery, 342 South Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Felicity Chandell (December 15, 1905 - June 23, 2008), aka John MacDonald Miller, was born in Poughkeepsie. He was a husband, father, jet pilot, and cross dresser living in the Hudson Valley.

Miller, who began flying when he was 18, was an active participant in this country's aviation history. He and Amelia Earhart were acquaintances and he witnessed Charles Lindbergh take off for his history-making, nonstop New York to Paris flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. Three of the airplanes Miller has flown are exhibited at the National Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C.; and he was the first to land an aircraft on the roof of a building -- an autogiro, the precursor of the helicopter. Miller was a test pilot during WWII.

His arrest on a charge of misrepresentation and termination from Eastern Airlines (1964) provides an interesting context. Felicity was convicted under Section 887, Sub 7, of the New York State Code of Criminal Procedure to the Appellate Term, First Department, of the Supreme Court of the State of New York.

Miller's daughter, Trish Taylor said Miller made his last flight about two years before his death at 102 years old.

Felicity Chandell's papers are held at The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in NYC. The Collection consists primarily of numerous individually titled "she-man" short story pamphlets from nine cross dressing publishers.

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  1. http://www.gaycenter.org/community/archive/collection/087