Quoted: “Singing the Lesbian Blues in 1920s Harlem”

Bentley with bandleader Willie Bryant in 1936. (Via QueerMusicHeritage.us)

 

In 1930’s “The Boy in the Boat,” Ma Rainey’s protégé, Bessie Smith sang, “When you see two women walking hand in hand, just look ‘em over and try to understand: They’ll go to those parties—have the lights down low—only those parties where women can go.”

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