Saturday, May 21, 2011

When I was younger, I swore to preserve my brain even at the expense of my body. I am learning to listen to my body too.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Exquisite Photos from Michael Henry Adams' Homo-Harlem Post

Yesterday, I posted a link to Michael Henry Adams' post on Homosexuality in the golden age of Harlem. I hope everyone got a chance to look at it. Other than speaking about the various relationships that took place (such as that between Marlon Brando and James Baldwin), and discussing the politics concerning homosexuality at the time, he also provides some great photographs as well. I want to share some of them with you here.

James Baldwin

Marlon Brando

Adams reports that Baldwin and Brando were apparently lovers at one time.

Jimmy Daniels, singer

Jimmy Daniel's lover, Philip Johnson

Jimmy Daniel's other lover, Kenneth McPherson and his wealthy lesbian wife, Bhyner, with a friend.

Truman Capote

Archie Savage, actor and dancer

Apparently, according to Adams, Capote and Savage were also lovers.

Arthur Mitchell

Tallulah Bankhead

"My father(Governor William Bankhead of Alabama) always warned me about men and booze, but he never said a goddamned thing about women and cocaine).

Among Tallulah's many lesbian relationships was a well-known love affair with Billie Holiday.

Langston Hughes and Dorothy West

Langston Hughes was a gay man and Dorothy West was a lesbian. However, West wanted Hughes to father her child.

Langston Hughes

Cole Porter

Clifton Webb

Barbra Hutton's socialite cousin and rampant homosexual, Jimmy Donahue with the Duchess of Windsor

An early cover of Jet Magazine

Famous Performer and nightclub owner, Bricktop

Among her famous lovers was Josephine Baker.

The legendary singer and performer, Gladys Bently and photographer Prentiss Taylor

Gladys Bently was known for her larger-than-life lesbian weddings and her extravagant lifestyle. Prentiss Taylor was popular in Harlem's homosexual crowd.

Drag Balls, the most famous of which was the historic Hamilton Lodge Ball in Harlem.

Final two set of photos: Earle Hyman, the grandfather from The Cosby Show

Edward Perry, social secretary, "Harlem's Elsa Maxwell"

An Intriguing bit of Gay History with a Nice Photo Collection