Today’s post marks the second installment of posts commemorating October as GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer) Bare History Month. I’d like to remind readers that the “B” in GLBTQ stands for bisexual and not bare. Every Wednesday during October a post featuring vintage (old) photographs of bare men will publish here on ReNude Pride as atonement for the fact that there is not a Bare History Month celebrated nationally.
The couple in the photograph above are representative of two men in love (or at least very fond of each other). The hairstyles suggest the period of the mid-1960’s. The period wasn’t known for racial harmony and the fact that both men are physically touching one another it would have been a very radical and revolutionary image prior to the 1960’s decade. My husband, Aaron, and I would have been severely punished had we lived back then.
The hairstyle in the above picture again reflects the cut and length current in the mid-1960’s. The British rock band, The Beatles, was popular at this time and American men were allowing their hair to grow longer. The guy is posing with a classic truck from the 1950’s.
The man in the image above is wearing his hair in a style suggestive of the mid-1960’s, longer than in previous years but not yet as long as the Afro style in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. He could be in a yoga pose but the practice of yoga didn’t gain notoriety in the USA until the later 1960’s.
As in last Wednesday’s post here, the custom of manscaping (the shaving and/or trimming of a man’s body hair) hadn’t become popular as these pictures demonstrate. None of the men in these photos appears to be hesitant or concerned about their nudity. Considering the high probability that most, if not all, of these pictures were made before the Stonewall Inn Riots of 1969, it is amazing that the subjects were comfortable with being both gay and nude.