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I love this photo of two shirtless gay men in San Francisco. The fact that they look ripped isn’t lost on me either. Based on the cars in the background, I’d guess this dates back to the 1960s or 70s. WDYT?

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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Much thanks to my friend and longtime BosGuy.com reader, Jim L., for sharing this photo with me earlier this year. It makes for an excellent vintage gay post. Based on these outfits, can anyone hazzard a guess on when this photo may have been taken?

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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This week’s photo is one of many included in a 2017 article / post from Gay Star News. No doubt you’ll recognize many photos that have been previously shared here as well.

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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This week’s post, which happens to fall on Veteran’s Day, is in honor of all those gay servicemen and women who served so bravely even though they could not do so openly.

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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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 bosguymail@gmail.com.

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I really love this photo of a dapper gay couple from the 1920s. While I don’t know who they are, the photo is included in a 2019 article posted by the History Channel called, “How Gay Culture Blossomed During the Roaring Twenties” I highly recommend you check out the article if you’re a fan of this weekly post and gay culture / history in general. It is an easy 5-10 minute read full of information including how (and where) drag started and how for a brief window in time gay men and women had a degree of freedom in a few major cities before the start of the Great Depression and WWII.

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 have included photos of Alan Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky in the past but I’ve never seen this photo which dates back to “a hot summer day” in 1956. The two had met about 18 mos before in December of 1954 and would remain together as a couple until Ginsberg’s death in 1997. Orlovsky would die thirteen years later in Vermont in 2010.

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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Sometimes when I post photos from the past, it isn’t clear if the men are a couple or merely friends, but this photo is not in the least ambiguous. I love how the photographer captures the two as the man on the left leans in for a kiss.

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 haven’t a clue when or where this drag party took place but I love this photo.

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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This photo comes from the now defunct GayTwogether blog on Typepad. I love how dapper these two look as they pose looking off to their right. Any thoughts on when this may have been taken based on their clothing and hairstyle?

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 may have posted this photo previously because it looks vaguely familiar. Anyone care to guess where this may have been taken? The attire and mustaches make me think this was taken possibly in Europe but I haven’t a clue as to where or when this week’s picture was taken.

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 found this photo of William Dorsey Swann (1858 – 1925) online and was intrigued to learn more. Swann who was born into slavery is an American gay liberation activist, and the first person in the US to lead a queer resistance group. He is the first known person to self-identify as a “queen of drag”. Below is a write-up I also found about this amazing man who was way ahead of his time.

In 1888, one of first recorded and widely-publicized arrests in the United States for gender impersonation took place at an event in the home of William Dorsey Swann, a Black man.  Less than a mile from the White House, Swann and twelve other Black people were arrested and charged with vagrancy after police raided a secret drag dance he was hosting. The following day the headline in the Evening Star read “Colored Men in Female Attire.” Swann — the queen of the ball — was himself “arrayed in a gorgeous dress of cream-colored satin,” but unlike the others, he ran frantically toward the officers in a vain attempt to keep them from entering the two-story residence in northwest Washington, D.C. They were ordered to pay a bond or serve 30 days in jail, and their names were published in the local papers the next day for all the city to read. A year prior, in January 1887, another such dance was also raided. This one had featured both white and Black invitees — and several of the same people had been arrested, including Swann.

Available evidence hints that queens intentionally changed the locations of their parties in order to evade law enforcement. Through informants, detectives were keeping an eye on Swann and the others. On New Year’s Eve of 1895, after the men had successfully eluded the authorities for years, the police abruptly walked into Swann’s home to disrupt a gathering that had only just begun. The officers arrested the host, charging him with keeping a disorderly house. Three black guests were also taken in and charged with vagrancy, while three white guests faced no charges but were summoned as “witnesses.”

Swann was found guilty and sentenced to 10 months in jail. The judge, who said Swann’s home had become a “hell of iniquity,” told the court he wished he had had the power to impose a 10-year sentence instead.

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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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Damn these two make for a handsome couple. I’m guessing this dates to the 1960s but unsure. What do you think?

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 love this week’s photo for two reasons. First, I can’t help but think these guys look so happy and relaxed together but also because I love when there are photographs with a car. Automobiles can help date when a picture was taken. Anyone out there recognize this car and able to guess when the picture may have been taken?

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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These two certainly make for a handsome couple. I love how the guy on the right rests his chin on the shoulder of the other man. One reason I like these posts is I love to make up stories in my head about who the people are or imagine what they might be thinking when they are being photographed. In this case, I can’t help but think they look so happy and relaxed together in the photo. Anyone care to guess when this may have been taken? I’m at a loss.

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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