The photograph above is of gay men sunbathing in the 1950s at Bournemouth beach in England. It is one of several photos of men from the 1940s and 1950s about life in rural Wales at that time and how it has changed. The article written by the BBC in 2019 (read it here). The article focuses on Reg and George who lived in rural Wales. From their photos and stories, it is clear they built a life that while not totally open and often closeted was not devoid of love and happiness either.
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.