Category: queer

Photos from a gay wedding near Philadelphia, PA, taken in 1957. The owner of the drugstore where these images were developed deemed them inappropriate and never returned them to the grooms. ​60 years later, the photos were found, though archivists have been unsuccessful at locating any of the men pictured.

(You can reach the archives here if you recognize anyone in these photos:

Happy Pride from San Francisco! 🏳️‍🌈

Photos from San Francisco’s early Gay Freedom Day parades during the 1970s.


Singing the Lesbian Blues in 1920s Harlem


“I think the truth is that if you really care about the quality of somebody’s life as much as you care about the quality of your own, you have it made.“ 

~ Edith Windsor (1929 – 2017)


Photographs of drag queens (and 1 king) before it was safe to be out and proud. (Via Dangerous Minds)

On May 21, 1979—40 years ago this week—the White Night Riots erupted in San Francisco after a jury returned a not-guilty verdict for Dan White, who killed Mayor George Moscone and openly gay Supervisor Harvey Milk. A peaceful rally descended into vandalism and violence at City Hall and the SFPD retaliated by targeting LGBTQ protestors and patrons in the Castro district.

Vintage pins from the collection of Paud Hegarty, employee at Gay’s the Word bookstore in London during the 1980s & ’90s.

(Top: “Ignorance = Fear / Silence = Death” by Keith Haring, 1989. Bottom: “He Kills Me” by Donald Moffett, 1987.)

Today is World AIDS Day/Day With(out) Art, inaugurated in 1988 during the height of the AIDS epidemic in the United States. These two works above, both by gay artists, were created to bring attention to the American government’s inaction and complicity in the deaths of many in the LGBTQ community. 

Via the Whitney’s show An Incomplete History of Protest.

When Being a Lesbian Was Profitable, For Men

Happy Pride month from Gay Bob—the first openly gay and anatomically correct doll, 1977.