Gay Icons and History: November 2010

The Most Loving Hug: Vintage gay photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 29, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Maybe I'm just sappy, but I think this is about the most beautiful, romantic, tender and erotic photo of men embracing that I've ever seen. No information came with it, but I'm guessing it was shot some time between the...Read More

The Rise of Victorian Feminism: 1905 photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 26, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

The title of this French photo is "La Triomphe de la Femme" ("triumph of woman"). Dig that Victorian bodysuit, symbolizing nudity while protecting a lady's modesty. She looks like she means business but his little smirk bothers me. Wish I...Read More

Remembering Al Carmines: Vintage album cover

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 18, 2010 | 11:30 AM | comments

Found this vintage album/score for the hugely controversial 1973 play by legendary gay minister, activist and theatre impresario, Al Carmines (1936 - 2005), while surfing eBay recently. Queer Music Heritage credits it as the first gay musical....Read More

The Three Mysterious Misses: antique theatre photo

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 17, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

One of the great frustrations of sex research is finding wonderful estate pictures like this and not having any idea who the people are or the story behind their poses. Were they transgenderists away from the cameras or actors who...Read More

JC Leyendecker, I Love You and Your Work

Filed by Andrew Belonsky | November 12, 2010 | 1:00 PM | comments

Yesterday I celebrated beefcakes like Ricardo Montalban. Today, I'd like to turn the clock back a bit further to shower some praise on famed advertising artist JC Leyendecker's breathtaking illustrations. Anyone who's familiar with my work knows I have a...Read More

Gay philanthropist's new monkey species: Rhinopithecus strykeri

Filed by Bil Browning | November 08, 2010 | 6:00 PM | comments

Noted gay philanthropist Jon Stryker has been given a unique and rare gift by scientists. Researchers who discovered a new species of monkey have named it Rhinopithecus strykeri in recognition of Stryker's support of great apes. David Mixner brings us...Read More

Isadora Duncan's fluid movements: vintage dance photos

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 08, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

You probably knew that the dancer Isadora Duncan was killed in a freak car accident. Did you know that she was openly bisexual? Here are two lovely photo portraits of the Mother of Modern Dance....Read More

Beautiful Lucie: Vintage trans actor

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 04, 2010 | 10:30 AM | comments

Another wonderful and mysterious find, this beautiful late 19th century Dutch cabinet photo of a biological male who performed under the name Lucie. I'm hoping one of the scholars out there has seen or heard of this gorgeous person and...Read More

Voices of the Past: Alix Dobkin album cover

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 03, 2010 | 2:30 PM | comments

Found this wonderful old 1970's record album cover by the legendary lesbian/feminist/lefty activist and musician, Alix Dobkin. It's great to know that an older but still beautiful Dobkin has a beautiful website where she provides wonderful history and memories of...Read More

Affectionate Men: antique photos

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 02, 2010 | 4:30 PM | comments

Readers rightly speculate about the meaning behind some of the photos I run. It's hard to know, for example, whether images of men hugging or dancing means there was some romance involved or whether it was just the custom back...Read More

How Big Is Your Banana? Vintage Homoerotic Humor

Filed by Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | November 01, 2010 | 9:30 AM | comments

Just love these two jokers. Guessing this was shot ca. 1920s - 1930s....Read More