Gladys Bentley Was a Gender-Bending Singer Of Harlem Renaissance Jazz

*Gladys Bentley was a gay, gender-bending singer who joined New York’s Harlem Renaissance jazz scene at age 16. She was known for “performing piano and vocals at the most popular gay bars, wearing men’s clothing, and openly flirting with women in the audience,” per PBS. The outlet writes, “In a time when homosexuality was widely […]

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