Vintage Gay Romance

I post things connected with an LGBT culture, including gay pornography and high level of male nudity. It's NSFW blog, you have been warned. You have to be +18/+21 to legally watch these materials. Please notice that some of the couples portrayed as "gay" were probably only friends or relatives.
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“This is a book about the quest for self-identity, about the right to live, about the right to own and control one’s body.

…These are images of people whose lives I shared and whom I think I understood.”

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Private Birthday Party is a private collection of found photographic slides that depict Kansas City’s early drag ball culture throughout the 1950s and 1960s. With over 200 images, this collection is a rare, important look into the rich history of mid-century drag ball culture in middle America.

Thanks Dusti Cunningham!

more pics HERE @ PRIVATE BIRTHDAY PARTY

The primary focus of this blog is newspapers and magazines, but this collection is really too good to miss.

This just made my day!

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mennameijer:

great polaroid series by tom bianchi. fire island pines - polaroids 1975-1983. 

"The island is a 36 mile-long barrier a few miles off the Long Island coast, separated into small communities by extended open sand dunes. The Pines, which is one of these little villages, is a mile-long grid of boardwalks connecting about 600 houses built on telephone pole stilts sunk into the sand. Back then, some real-estate guys got to building on this virgin terrace, and it just so happened that the place began to attract bohemian New Yorkers; writers and artists would come out and live in little shacks. It wasn’t intended for the gay community, but it made sense when it formed to be a home for it."

"these were personal transformation stories. It is this generation of men who are responsible for the whole gay pride movement. We developed this sense of community and started seeing ourselves as really special people, indispensable to the culture we lived in. And ultimately the one thing that brought us together was desire.

We went to that place to get laid by guys who were fun and we were attracted to. We went for sex and we went for dancing. You danced until you found the partner that would fill your bed that night. Desire is more profound than gravity. Gravity just holds the planet together, desire brings human beings together so they can create things. The importance of nudity, the power of physical desire that brought us together, can’t be overstated.”

"We were kids, partying along, thinking we were untouchable, immortal. AIDS forced us to grow up."

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The last sentence kinda broke my heart. 

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John Rykener 
Mr Rykener was also known as Johannes Richer and Eleanor. He was a 14th Century transvestite and prostitute. He worked the streets of London near Cheapside and Oxford. He was arrested in 1395 for cross dressing. The surviving legal records are the only ones from that time that mention same-sex intercourse. Mr Rykener claimed to have had many clients which included priests, monks and nuns. He said that he preferred priests because they paid better than others. The case is recounted in A. H. Thomas’ Calendar of Select Please and Memoranda of the City of London A.D. 1381-1412. 3 Vols. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1924-32). It is a rare source for the history of transvestitism and homosexuality in late Medieval England. The outcome of the case is not known.



"And John Rykener, brought here in woman’s clothing and questioned about this matter, acknowledged [himself] to have done everything just as John Britby had confessed. Rykener was also asked who had taught him to exercise this vice, and for how long and in what places and with what persons, masculine or feminine, [he] had committed that libidinous and unspeakable act. [He] swore willingly on [his] soul that a certain Anna, the whore of a former servant of Sir Thomas Blount, first taught him to practice this detestable vice in the manner of a woman. "

found on International Institute of Sexual and Gender Diversity

John Rykener 

Mr Rykener was also known as Johannes Richer and Eleanor. He was a 14th Century transvestite and prostitute. He worked the streets of London near Cheapside and Oxford. He was arrested in 1395 for cross dressing. The surviving legal records are the only ones from that time that mention same-sex intercourse. Mr Rykener claimed to have had many clients which included priests, monks and nuns. He said that he preferred priests because they paid better than others. The case is recounted in A. H. Thomas’ Calendar of Select Please and Memoranda of the City of London A.D. 1381-1412. 3 Vols. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1924-32). It is a rare source for the history of transvestitism and homosexuality in late Medieval England. The outcome of the case is not known.

"And John Rykener, brought here in woman’s clothing and questioned about this matter, acknowledged [himself] to have done everything just as John Britby had confessed. Rykener was also asked who had taught him to exercise this vice, and for how long and in what places and with what persons, masculine or feminine, [he] had committed that libidinous and unspeakable act. [He] swore willingly on [his] soul that a certain Anna, the whore of a former servant of Sir Thomas Blount, first taught him to practice this detestable vice in the manner of a woman. "

found on International Institute of Sexual and Gender Diversity

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Sweet Lad, Tender Lad

A Pictorial History of Afro-American Gay Couples

Sweet lad, tender lad,
Have no shame, you’re mine for good;
We share a sole insurgent fire,
We live in boundless brotherhood.

I do not fear the gibes of men;
One being split in two we dwell,
The kernel of a double nut
Embedded in a single shell.

(From ‘Imitation of the Arabic’ by Afro-Russian poet, Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin)

Playwright & historian, Trent Kelley, has curated these photographs from his personal collection documenting love and affection among African American gay male couples.  The essay is entitled ‘Hidden in the Open:  A Photographic Essay of Afro-American Male Couples.”

Kelley has written in the Huffington Post:

Afro American same-sex loving gay men who were coupled with one another in the distant past walked the streets, ate at the dinner tables, and generally participated in their larger ethnic community out in the open, their relationships known only to those who were consequential to their everyday lives. In this respect, they were out in the open but hidden to those who didn’t know about their sexual proclivities. Hence, the title of this series of pictures dating from the mid 19th century to the late 20th century is “Hidden in the Open: A Photographic Essay of Afro-American Male Couples.”

Some of these images are sure to depict gay couples, whereas others may not.

The end result is speculative at best, for want in applying a label. Not every gesture articulated between these men is an indication of male-to-male intimacies. Assuredly, what all the photographs have in common are signs of Afro-American male affection and love that were recorded for posterity without fear and shame. Friendships where men often wrote romantically to one another, walked arm in arm were not uncommon to straight and gay men alike during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Depending on economic situation, many even slept together and this may have precluded or included physical intimacy between the sheets.

But there were past generations of Afro American gay men who lived and love bravely. They exist in these photographs. Like today’s gay male of African descent, the majority of them were never victims who whined nor required rescuing. Their presence here defy a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community often wanting to make them an impotent footnote absent of any self-empowerment within gay culture and those vocally homophobic pockets within a black community wanting to write these men out of the narrative to Afro-American history.

See the rest of this outstanding collection here.

 

This is so cool!

i like this !!!!

Amor

Magnifique :)

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and let’s take a moment to appreciate the fact that michaelangelo had probably never seen a girl naked and when he want to sculpt or paint them his mentality seems to be “wow, everyone likes women….they must be like…..buff dudes. i love buff dudes. women are buff dudes but with little chest lumps and no wiener”

image“nailed it.”

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And my personal favorite, Adam and Eve

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he literally painted adam and steve

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