Do you recognize this photograph? Aaron Fricke (left) made history when he filed suit in U.S. District court after his high school in Pawtucket, RI told him he could not bring his date, Paul Guilbert (right) to his prom in 1980 in the court case, Fricke v. Lynch. For those who are interested in learning more about this ballsy teenager who challenged the status quo you can read his autobiography Reflections of a Rock Lobster in which he details growing up gay culminating at that high school dance. Read more about it here.
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.