Saturday, May 21, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
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.
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.
Archie Savage, actor and dancer
Apparently, according to Adams, Capote and Savage were also lovers.
"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.
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"
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