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Blues Music's Hidden Queer History
Singing the Lesbian Blues in s Harlem | Collectors Weekly
Buffet flats were after-hours spots, usually in private homes, where rooms could be rented by the night, or hour. Many offered a variety of sexual pleasures, both straight and gay. The blues celebrated sexuality, straight and gay, free or paid for, as a natural part of life. Their same-sex appetites were treated in blues songs as part of a healthy sexuality. Lesbians had it a bit easier, since sodomy laws made it dangerous for men, in particular.
Sissy Man Blues: Straight & Gay Blues
Chicago-based blues musicians Terry Abrahamson and Derrick Procell hope their new ditty spreads a message of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT equality while also hitting "the right note between lighthearted and serious. Although its title is a winky nod to the bestselling book , "50 Shades of Gay" recalls the struggles of the LGBT community while also celebrating its more recent victories. Procell told The Huffington Post that he and Abrahamson a Grammy Award winner for his work for Muddy Waters hope that '50 Shades of Gay" will eventually be recorded by a popular artist who will bring the tune in the mainstream.