James Baldwin was romantically linked to the bisexual Swiss painter, Lucien Happersberger. They met in Paris in 1949 when Lucien was 17 and remained lifelong partners, but as you can read from the newspaper clipping shared above, the public would only know them as “close friends”.
In addition to his book Giovanni’s Room, which I highly recommend. Baldwin was highly quotable. Below is a personal favorite quote of mine.
I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for that reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.James Baldwin, American author, poet and activist
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.