Vintage gay

ACT Up, AIDS, Boston

1987 Copley Square, Boston, Source: History Project Photo Credit: Marilyn Humphries

In honor of World AIDS Day, I wanted to share this photo for my weekly Vintage Gay post. As an impressionable and closeted teenager, demonstrations from men and women who were protesting the Reagan Administration’s lack of action to help those dying of AIDS is seared in my memory and one of the reasons I think of President Ronald Reagan as an evil, uncaring, inhumane President.

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I dedicate this weekly post, featuring vintage gay photographs, to the men and women who lived in a more critical time where being true to yourself and loving who you want wasn’t always an option and came at a great price. Do you have a photo you would like to share for a future post? Email me at

3 responses to “Vintage gay

  1. Ditto.

    I’ve never understood the love heaped on Reagan. He represents, to me, all the fears of that time and the inception of divisiveness that we are dealing with today.


  2. BosGuy, this was a moving post, and the photograph was quite powerful, as well.

    I must confess, I have become to feel more “ageless,” so there are times when I forget my chronological age. Nonetheless, I love being forty-six, and looking forward to being forty-seven years-of-age.

    My teenage years were utter hell for me, so I needed to look up when Ronald Reagan was President of the United States. His American Presidency was from 1981 through 1989. So, from the time I was eleven, until nineteen years-of-age.

    I must confess, I rarely remember much about world affairs and current events, at the time, and hardly remember my life, but these photographs, to echo Jon, do echo how long we that are a part of the multi-faceted,multi-cultural LGBTQIA+ Community.

    Thank you for this.


  3. What a powerful photo. We’ve come a long way within the past 3 years and we will be close to finding a true cure for AIDS. The battle is still not over yet!



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