Many of the intellectual figures of the Harlem Renaissance were primarily attracted to members of the same sex. They were said to be, “in the life.”
It became fashionable for white party-goers from Manhattan to seek the exotic, unrestrained nightlife of Harlem, where social restrictions were left at the door. They went to basement speakeasies or to cabarets like the Cotton Club. There, black entertainers rubbed elbows with homosexuals and transvestites, which was considered quite chic.
Many party goers were gay themselves, meeting in Harlem bars that catered to the black and white, the heterosexual and homosexual.
Harlem was flourishing, and had emerged as a center of black American music, literature and art.
“The Rainbow Minute,” a radio show on WRIR, Richmond Independent Radio, is produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns and airs on 97.3 FM every Weekday at 9:03am, 12:30pm and 4:30pm. Listen to the WRIR’s audio stream here.
The Rainbow Minute is produced by Judd Proctor and Brian Burns and airs on 97.3 FM, WRIR Richmond Independent Radio, every Weekday at 7:59 a.m, 12:29 p.m. and 4:59 p.m. Listen to the WRIR’s audio stream here.
Patricia R. Corbett is an award-winning playwright, an artist, advocate, educator, published author, personal historian, editor, feminist, and entrepreneur. Her passions are art, community service, social justice, and education. Patricia holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Virginia Union University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College. Patricia’s art [...]