Vintage gay

Photographer Gideon Mendel’s project The Ward began in 1993 when he started spending a number of weeks on the Charles Bell wards in London’s Middlesex Hospital. All the patients in this ward were dying with the knowledge that there was no cure for the disease. You can learn more about this couple Michael and John and others in the 2018 Metro article, Memories from the heart of the Aids crisis shows true love in a time of terrible tragedy.

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

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3 responses to “Vintage gay

  1. I hope you have been able to enjoy a lot of love!!!!!


  2. Thank you…

    It’s important for this generation to remember that so many men and women lost during the AIDS crisis of the ’80’s/’90’s, aren’t forgotten, and that PRIDE means more than bars, parades, White Parties, and rainbow “everything”!

    PRIDE also represents love, support, and the sacrifices of those no longer here. I fortunately lived through this horrible time,
    SAFE, but still know of others who passed, and the pain of loss still hurts. 😭

    Again, thank you.



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