watch a documentary about disco/LGBTQI+ icon Sylvester
Possessing a powerful, unforgettable falsetto, Sylvester is a disco and LGBTQI+ icon -- best known for classic singles "You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)" and "Dance (Disco Heat)" -- whose life was was cut short by AIDS in 1988. This short documentary from filmmaker Lauren Tabak and music journalist Barry Walters shines a welcome light on Sylvester's fascinating life and groundbreaking career:
Sylvester blew open the doors for queer visibility and gender fluidity in mainstream music, leaving a legacy that continues to influence today's pop music. The documentary features candid interviews with Billy Porter, Martha Wash (The Weather Girls, Two Tons o’ Fun), Sylvester’s sister Bernadette Baldwin, biographer Josh Gamson, producer/songwriter James Wirrick, and more.
Love Me Like You Should: The Brave and Bold Sylvester was made for Amazon Studios in celebration of Pride 2020 and you can watch the whole thing, and listen to more of Sylvester's music, below.