The film is based on a fictional play. But the titular character – and her bisexuality – was real.
Beginning a century ago, Black LGBTQ entertainers & writers expressed their identities freely. We have them to thank for much of our present society.
She sold more than 2 million records in the first ten months after she was signed by Columbia Records and performed on Broadway – and then the Great Depression hit.
She was singing about how she could “talk to the gals just like any old man” over 40 years before Stonewall.