Vintage gay

This week’s photo dates to the early 1970s when gay activists Scott Smith (left) and Harvey Milk (right) dated. They met in NYC in 1969, but by the early 1970s they were living together in San Francisco. If you’re not familiar with the work Harvey Milk and his partner did for our community in the 1970s, I highly recommend watching the 2008 movie MILK, which earned an Oscar for best original screen play and best actor.

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

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