Tennessee Williams was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who frequented Provincetown. Frank Merlo was a truck driver, part time actor and WWII veteran. He and Williams were romantically linked from 1948 until 1963, when Merlo died of lung cancer. Williams is said to never have recovered from the death of his long time lover and was consumed by depression.
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? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.