Queerty is better as a member
Gorgeous photos! I can’t imagine what it must have been like to live in that time. Socially backwards but pre-AIDS and surfing the cultural revolution wave of the 60s.
Wow, Incredible photos!
I love photo’s like these. Just people going about their ordinary lives.
What do you mean socially backwards? Are the days of actually talking to one another now considered passe’?
The main thing I noticed is just how ‘real’ all the men look. I pity young’uns these days. How sad for all that time wasted in gyms these days.
I’m guessing that social backwards was referring to the fact that being gay was basically all but illegal in a public setting like that.
Fantastic and beautiful. They actually make me teary eyed because I am supposing that these were pre-Stonewall and I can only imagine what these folks had to put up with to be themselves. We live in an era of emerging freedoms that they could only dream of. These photos remind us of our progress and to remember love one another always. We have a history to be proud of and these photos celebrate that history.
Oh to have a time machine and be able to visit such eras. It would be amazing.
It was the best of times….until it wasn’t.
We were young and great sex was all over the place. Sure there were the leather boys, the clones, drag queens and the snobs but all in all, we were individuals with varying appearances. So glad to not be young these days. I pity the regular, average, non-gym body men.
So glad I had the experience….and especially in the San Francisco Bay Area .
Somehow I survived….most of my pals didn’t.
We did have such dreams…and we all thought the ‘freedoms’ would have happened decades ago.
If one was fortunate enough to live in one of the many gay enclaves in various cities, life was pretty sweet. Few, if any, problems.
I am glad to have lived long enough to see today’s life but sorry it took so darn long.
Beautiful series of shots. And how refreshing to read comments that aren’t full of bile and venom! I grow weary of the many, many rancorous jibes that get posted here. Aren’t we vilified enough without doing it to each other?
Love you, brothers-
I was a faithful regular during from the 70′s to the late 80′s. But the photos do not pick up the police harrassment, the arbitrary arrests and the straightpsychos who got while by oggling gays of all persuations and straight nudists.
i mean “straight psychos who got off while . . .
HOld in there, kiddo. We’ve all been there, done that, moved on. I am now approaching 70 and, for the first time, happily married to my partner of eighteeen years! Remember: if they do not respect you, make them fear you.
In the mid-60s just as my 3 best friends and I were passing through puberty we used to get up early and take four buses to get to Jacob Riis Park in order to shoot a round of golf on their short course. Afterwards we’d hang around eating ice cream waiting for the first bus homeward. This was long before any of us knew anything about homosexuality. I would watch the guys on the beach in wonder of how many beautiful men were there. My friends would complain how the guys there were staring at us. Many times after I found out the truth about Riis Park I wondered what would happen if I went back alone. Probably would have had a completely different life than I’ve had.
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