"Damn. You’re right!"
"Told you! Perfect shoulder and waist ratio."
((I blame my dash))
And you let him go
"oh no hes hot"
He’s unstable. Erratic.
Image: Harlem Blues singer Gladys Bentley
As it turns out, the blues world was the perfect realm for people who were thought of as “sexual deviants” to inhabit, as it thrived far outside the scope of the dominant white American culture in the early 20th century. In Jazz Age speakeasies, dive bars, and private parties, blue singers had the freedom to explore alternative sexuality, and on a rare occasion, they even expressed it in song.
“In lyrics, they talk about ‘bulldaggers,’ which is they called butch lesbians at that time, or ‘BD women,’ ‘BD’ being short for bulldaggers,” [documentary maker Robert ] Philipson says. “There were references to being ‘in the life,’ which was understood to mean same-sex activity.”
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.” A married woman who kept a female lover on the road with her, Smith is known to have exploded at a girlfriend, “I got twelve women on this show, and I can have one every night if I want it.”
The National Museum of American History, part of the Smithsonian complex, is expanding its collection of artifacts relating to LGBT history.
Creators of Will & Grace, the groundbreaking and highly successful TV show that depicted gay people as people and not merely tokens, donated a number of props and other trinkets from the show to kickstart the new museum collection. Those contributions include scripts, casting ideas, political memorabilia, and a few props from the show itself.
Other new additions to the collection include the diplomatic passport of David Huebner, the first openly gay U.S. Ambassador confirmed by the Senate; trans tennis player Renée Richards’s racket; and the original transgender pride flag.
“There have always been gender-nonconforming people in the U.S., and we’ve made contributions and lived life since the beginning of the country,” Katherine Ott, one of the curators, told AP. “It’s not talked about and analyzed and understood in the critical ways in which it should be. So for us to build the collection means we can more fully document the history of this country.”
Will & Grace co-creator David Kohan told the news service that he and his colleagues never dreamed the show would be so honored when it premiered in 1998. “These particular guests that were invited into people’s living rooms happened to be your gay friends. I don’t think people really had the opportunity to have that before, and it served to, I think, make people recognize that your close friends were gay,” Kohan said. “The fact that it’s in the American history [museum], maybe we were a part of something that was bigger than we ever imagined.”
This is so cool! Need to add a museum visit to my list of things to do.