Clam House on west 133rd Street which definitely was a euphemism of sorts. From what we would gather, Miss Bentley's impressive frame and predisposition to wearing men's suits probably had more than a few husbands uptown keeping a careful eye on their wives.
Another great gay Renaissance moment was when the daughter of W.E.B Du Bois married Countee Cullen in Harlem's celebrity wedding of the century but soon divorced because the famous poet spent all of his special moments with his best man Harold Jackman. The true marriage of beauty and intellect was definitely between these two African-American men based on what was said behind closed doors. Langston Hughes of whom Harlem remembers fondly was also a gay icon of the period even though his personal life was mostly kept secret during those times. It has been written that"Virile young men of very dark complexion fascinated him."
We can go on with all the great stories but folks will believe what they will believe and the sign after the jump has caused quite a stir as of late. We just tell our gays of Harlem to be out and proud whether you are black, white, lesbian, transgender or whatever since uptown has always had a rich, diverse community.