Long before Stonewall, gay men existed.
People just didn’t see them represented much between the mid-19th-century to the mid-20th-century. Not by a long shot.
But a book you need to add to your collection takes a deep dive into this very interesting era in American history, as well as that of countries from around the globe.
Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love, 1850-1950 came out in the height of the Covid pandemic, so you may have missed it. But it’s been gaining in popularity in recent months and making a splash on the arts scene nearly three years later to the day.
Someone brought it to our attention again yesterday after it was featured on Good Morning America and we figured it was worth a mention again because so many people likely missed it the first time around.
You can order it from a small business, The Little Gay Shop, and get a glimpse into these men’s lives from so long ago—all while supporting a much smaller company than, oh, that mega-bookseller that delivers packages to your front door a few times a day.
The holidays are coming, dontchaknow, and this will make a fab gift for so many people on your shopping list.