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When Gertrude “Ma” Rainey (1886-1939) — known as “The Mother of Blues”— sang, “It’s true I wear a collar and a tie … Talk to the gals just like any old man,” in 1928′s “Prove It on Me,” she was flirting with scandal, challenging the listener to catch her in a lesbian affair

Cabaret singer and pianist Gladys Bentley, who performed in a tuxedo, drew a crowd to the Clam House in Harlem in the - Singing the Lesbian Blues in Harlem

Women's suit!

Model turned actress, Diane Kruger, covers the latest Vogue Germany in classic black and white. In front of Karl Lagerfeld’s lens, the German beauty takes on androgynous and retro looks styled by Christiane Arp with Dandy Diane.