The photo is from 1980 San Francisco Pride. The first case of AIDS in the US would be reported one year later in June 1981, and life for these men and millions of others would never be the same again. Most of the U.S. would refuse to help, leaving tens of thousands to die afraid and alone. An unsympathetic America would see AIDS as “God’s will” and a way to “cleanse society”.
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.