Thursday, March 17, 2016

Let the rainbow flag fly!

I had a couple of comments come through a few weeks ago that I have been meaning to address. Awhile back I wrote entries about Lupe Velez and Lilyan Tashman and alluded to the idea that these actresses were bisexual. Now, did they come right out and say it during their heyday? Of course not. Was it whispered about or known through the inner circles of Hollywood, like the famed 'Sewing Circle', as Alla Nazimova coined it? Absolutely. While I did/do say that there isn't concrete evidence to support these claims 100%, there are stories that have been passed down some 80 years later that hold weight. Plus, it was Hollywood during the Roaring Twenties! Anything goes! 

The thing that bothers me the most about these comments is not that this person is dead set against believing that these ladies could have been bisexual, but stated that "we need more heterosexual role models."

Sybil Seely in "The Boat", 1921

So, in honor of this ignorant statement I am presenting an entry dedicated to the gay, lesbian, and bisexual actors and actresses of the silent screen.


Jean Acker

Dorothy Arzner

Josephine Baker

Tallulah Bankhead

Anita Berber
Louise Brooks

Joan Crawford

Grace Darmond

Marlene Dietrich

Peggy Fears

Greta Garbo

William Haines

Edmund Lowe

Alla Nazimova
Ramon Novarro

Lilyan Tashman

Clifton Webb

1 comment:

  1. We need more "heterosexual role models"??? Were they serious? As a bisexual who has struggled with coming out and feeling alone, it makes me happy to know a few of my faves were also LGBT. Thanks for the post!