In this article, written by Gladys Bentley in 1952 for Ebony Magazine, Bentley renounces her years of inhabiting ‘the no-man’s land which exists between the boundaries of the two sexes.’
I’ve searched for this article for almost two years as I was gathering background information for my album Twilight for Gladys Bentley, a ‘re-imagining’ of the 1920′s blues singer and ‘bulldagger.’ I have found excerpts, but never the entire article (shouts to Corinna Kahnke for sharing). I am truly moved as I write, aiming to grasp the many complexities of the masks she wore, the external gazes that found her guilty in the court of social normalcy after living so many years as a confident, self-asserting, brash and unforgiving ‘bulldagger’. Please take a moment to read and share any comments you might have.
Letters to the Editor following publication of “I Am Woman Again”