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The “Hat Sisters” at the Esther Williams Water Ballet at Herring Cove 1985

Approximately one year ago on September 24, 2016, John Michael Grey (shown far left) who was one half of The Hat Sisters passed away. Grey is survived by his partner Timothy O’Connor. I wanted to share this photo which is part of a larger grouping of very happy photos of this wonderful couple on a Facebook page dedicated to the legacy of Grey and the Hat Sisters.

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 bosguymail@gmail.com.

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Truman Capote, Jack DunphyThis week I’m featuring an endearing photo of one of America’s best 20th century authors, Truman Capote, in a rare shot with his longtime partner, Jack Dunphy. The photo was taken shortly after WWII in Rome, 1949 – a year after they met.  The second photo shows the modest headstone where the two men remain buried in Southampton, NY.

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 bosguymail@gmail.com.

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Shown above are Hollywood elite Tab Hunter and Anthony Perkins. The two kept their relationship a secret as both were in the closet when they met in the early 1960s. Below is a smiling photo of Tab from the 1950s. With his all American good looks it’s no wonder he was such a box office success.

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 bosguymail@gmail.com.

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1st National March for LGBT rights in DC 1979 Source Mark Reinstein Getty Images

The current political climate has become increasingly poisonous and I wanted to share an inspiring photograph from the 1st National March for LGBT rights that took place in 1979. The LGBT community was organizing and building a voice that would help it flex its political muscle. Something that would be desperately needed in just a few years when the AIDS epidemic blew up. Ronald Reagan and all of the US Congress (Democrats and Republicans alike) would turn their backs on our community while tens of thousands of young men succumbed to the “Gay Cancer” as it was called.

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Tennessee Williams was a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who frequented Provincetown. Frank Merlo was a truck driver, part time actor and WWII veteran. He and Williams were romantically linked from 1948 until 1963, when Merlo died of lung cancer.  Williams is said to never have recovered from the death of his long time lover and was consumed by depression.

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 bosguymail@gmail.com.

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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 bosguymail@gmail.com.

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vintage gayI 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 bosguymail@gmail.com.

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