American Masters

Gladys Bentley: Gender-Bending Performer and Musician

Clip: 06/03/2020 | 11m 51s Video has closed captioning.

Gladys Bentley joined New York’s Harlem Renaissance jazz scene at age 16 and became an instant sensation and gender identity pioneer, performing piano and vocals at the most popular gay bars, wearing men’s clothing, and openly flirting with women in the audience.

Aired: 06/03/20

Rating: NR

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