Breaking Down Barriers: Famous and Prominent Queer Black Women

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Ma Rainey

She’s the other legendary blues great who was bisexual. Bessie Smith is rumored to have been romantically involved with Rainey. She’s known as the “Mother of Blues” and was openly bisexual — making her not only a legendary, groundbreaking blues singer, but one of the first openly gay celebrities. She’s just a trailblazer for black and gay women in entertainment.

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