Back To The Queer Future #2: Dapper Style Dilemma

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You come around in a dark and cramped space, with fabric tickling your face. Momentarily panicked, you push your hands out and manage to open a door. You tumble out into what looks like a dressing room, with a large mirror propped on a table to one side and clothing and make-up scattered everywhere. You have no time to ponder the ramifications of being briefly trapped in the closet, because a butch woman barrels into the dressing room and hurriedly starts undressing. Oh my!

Unfortunately, this does not appear to be a romantic opportunity, as the woman starts grabbing random items of clothing to try on. She turns to you with a silent call for help in her eyes. The woman introduces herself as Gladys, and that’s when you clock that it’s Gladys Bentley, famed butch entertainer of the Harlem Renaissance! Gladys is about to make her first ever stage appearance, but is struggling to pick out an outfit that will give her the c...

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Sally does something with computers for a living. Beyond this, she enjoys making gifs, dreaming up stories, and overthinking. She lives over a river in the South of England, but her heart belongs forever to the North.

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