American Masters

Gladys Bentley: Drag King of the Harlem Renaissance

Special | 5m 57s | Video has closed captioning.

A gender-bending, famed blues musician and drag king who was a part of the Harlem Renaissance. She performed with drag queens and openly loved women, until later in life when she was pressured to conform to 1950s social standards.

Aired: 06/25/21

Rating: NR

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