Shown above are Axel Axgil and Eigil Axgil, the world’s first couple to obtain a “registered partnership”. The photo shows them just after the ceremony, in Copenhagen, Denmark, Oct 1, 1989, following Denmark’s legalization of same-sex partnership registration in 1989, a landmark legislation which they were instrumental in bringing about. They adopted the shared surname, Axgil, a combination of their given names, as an expression of their commitment. The images are from buddybuddy.com blog.
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.