LGBT History: Photos of Gay Couples From The 1880s – 1920s  #TBT

Vintage Gay Love: A Look Back At The Early Gay Pioneers in Photos

The following is a photo tribute to gay couples from the late 19th century and first half of the 20th Century. It is a testament to the early pioneers of the LGBT movement who have made the world a more accepting and compassionate place for everyone today. It is also a reminder that homosexuality has been around since the beginning of mankind and is not something which can be legislated back into the closet.

England, 1875


Unknown location, 1880′s


New York, 1900


Unknown, Early 1900′s


Europe, 1906


New York, 1907


“A friend of mine found this old photograph in a shoe box in his Grandmother’s attic. On the back was written… Aunty Mary and her “friend” Ruth, 1910. I wonder if those quotation marks imply what I think they do, by the look on their faces, I would say they do”


Unknown, 1912


Unknown, 1914


Unknown Lesbian Couple, 1915


WWI couple, England, sometime between 1914-1918


California, 1923


Unknown, 1925








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  1. Oldfoxbob on March 21, 2013
    The 7th photo from the top I believe to be mis-marked in the era taken. Biased solely upon the fashion worn it would be more closely associated with a photo that would be taken around the Civil war era. Hence 1865 ish. The Bow tie worn by the two individuals went out of fashion in 1875. So...prior to that would be more correct of a date. Or so I believe.
  2. Anthony on March 22, 2013
    I am very moved by these images. My heart goes out to these beautiful sons and daughters of God, but alas, you've lived your lives. Thank you for your courage. It is beautiful that you loved.
  3. Elizabeth Birch on March 25, 2013
    Simply beautiful. .
  4. paulo on March 27, 2013
    Very sweet and tender photographs, an ode to the love that never dies!
  5. Brian Chin on March 27, 2013
    May I recommend a beautiful little coffee-table book called "Affectionate Men" compiled by Russell Bush (St. Martin's Press). So relevant to our times, and evocative of the will to be free.
  6. Geri DiNardo on April 15, 2013
    these people were so courageous! they deserve to be widely acclaimed. I am so thankful to them.

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