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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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timothy conigrave, Tim conigrave, John Robert CaleoTim Conigrave (shown on the right) was an Australian actor best known for his autobiographical work, Holding the Man (1995), which tells the story of his 15-year love affair with John Caleo (shown on the left). The two met at Xavier College in the late 1970s (where I believe this photo was taken). Conigrave finished the book shortly before dying of an AIDS-related illness in 1994 at the age of 34 and it was published one year later.  Caleo died two years earlier in 1992 at the age of 31 from an AIDS-related illness.  A few years ago their story was made into a film (available on Prime) called, Remembering the Man

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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gay men from 20th centuryMuch thanks from Miller in NY for emailing me these photos, that date back 110 years (circa 1910). Don’t they look cozy in the first photo? My favorite is the middle one, because it reminds me of countless times Sergio is taking a photos of me. Having said that, it does look like they had a great time out on that rowboat.

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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Aaron Bridgers, Billy StrayhornBilly Strayhorn was one of the greatest composers from the Swing era (shown second from the left). He is best known for his long-time collaboration with Duke Ellington. He is shown above at a party in Harlem in the 1940s. Strayhorn was a brave man, living as an openly gay man of color in the 1940s. You can learn more about this amazing man, here.

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 don’t know about you, but I love how one guy has casually draped his right leg over the left leg of his boyfriend. I can’t help imagine what he is thinking because it seems to me he has quite a look in his eye while posing for this photo.

Much thanks to Bob Lowe who shared the 2016 blog post, Homosexuality & Homoromanticism During the Victorian Era: 28 Vintage Portraits of Gay Couples From the 19th Century where I found 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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gay cowboysThis week’s photo dates back to the 1960s in Tucson, Arizona. I stumbled upon a website for the Tucson Gay Museum which collects images like these for the same reason I felt compelled to create this weekly post. You can learn more about the museum and their work at, tucsongaymuseum.org.

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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It is the start of Black History month and I wanted to make an ask to all of you who enjoy this weekly post. I have a really hard time finding photos of gay couples of color from times past and would really like to show more photos like the one shared above. If you have any photos of couples of color that would make for a good vintage gay post would you please share them with me?

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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gay couple from 1900sI 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 stumbled upon this photo of two unidentified men in Kentucky photo dating back to the early 1900s. Much thanks to the work done by historian Jonathan Coleman and artist Robert Morgan who compiled more than 12,000 items and 100 hours of recorded interviews for the Faulkner-Morgan Pagan Babies Archive of LGBTQ life in Kentucky. You can read more about the collection here.

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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dapper gay coupleUnsure when or where this photo may have been taken but this dapper couple caught my eye when I was looking for photos and wanted to share with you.

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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gay black menThis is one of many ‘vintage’ photos that can be viewed here.  It is unclear  when or where this may have been taken. Any thoughts? It’s quite rare for me to come across photos of men of color photographed at any time in history but especially when one looks back before the middle of the 20th Century like 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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Back in March of 2016 I posted this photo, here. Since then these weekly “vintage gay” blog posts have grown in popularity, which is in part why this week’s post is my 199th Vintage Gay blog post. I hope you continue to enjoy reading these posts – they are a personal favorite of mine.

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 image is one of many available on the blog, Homo History. Any thoughts on when this cute photo 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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This image was sent to me by a reader as a suggested post for my weekly Vintage Gay series. I don’t have any information about these two dapper gentlemen. Anyone care to guess when this 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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Wellesley House Party 1940s/Courtesy: The History Project.

The History Project, Boston LGBT archive, shares a glimpse into the lives of five people who lived in a place and time that is at once familiar and alien. If you’re curious about learning more check out Boston Queer History blog post.

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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