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Gladys Bentley: The Tale of Harlem’s Most Famous Lesbian

The Renaissance-era entertainer fought racism and sexism in her own way

Illustration: Casira Copes

[NOTE: For the purposes of this article, I will refer to Gladys Bentley using “she/her/hers” pronouns, as her own writing suggests that would have been preferable to her.]




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