I am unsure if I’ve previously posted this photo of George Dyer with his lover Francis Bacon on the Oriental Express in 1965. The first met in 1963 and stormy relationship full of drama that would end tragically. In 1971, just two days before the opening of the Francis Bacon Retrospective at the Grand Palais in Paris, Dyer was found dead from a drink and drugs overdose in the bathroom of the Hotel des Saint-Pères in Paris.
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.