Today marks the third Wednesday installment of a post series commemorating October as GLBTQ (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer) Bare History Month. Once again, I remind readers that the “b” in GLBTQ represents bisexual and not bare. Every Wednesday during October a post featuring vintage (old) photographs of clothes-free men publishes here as atonement for the fact that there isn’t a Bare History Month celebrated nationally.
This week’s theme for our post is “Couples.” We are honoring all of our GLBTQ forebears and the love that they felt and shared. A sort of GLBTQ Bare History Month Valentine’s Day observance, if you will. Their love may not have been recognized nor appreciated during their own lifetimes, so we’ll do that now on ReNude Pride.
Judging again from the hair-styles in the two images above, these photos date from the mid-to-late 1960’s. The gentlemen are now letting their hair grow longer. Based on the picture directly above this paragraph, the interracial affection is a very revolutionary concept during this time-frame, and, depending on the physical location of the two men, potentially very dangerous.
The two in the above photo are in their late teen-age years judging from the physical development of their bodies. This particular picture is probably from the late 1950’s to early 1960’s based on the relative length of their hair. Despite their youth, they both appear to be quite comfortable with themselves and their attraction to one another.
It is somewhat difficult to determine when the above image was taken. Given the fact that all we see are their backs and not the length of the front of their head hair, it was probably made between the late 1950’s to early 1960. Once again, they both seem relaxed with the closeness of their bare bodies to each other. This comfort with their sexuality is quite unusual for this period in history. Not the dark mass at the foot of the man on the right, it is a dog.
The positioning of the two gentlemen above suggests comfort with one being so close to the genitalia of the other – this does hint of a total physical familiarity and intimacy between these two. This picture was probably made during the middle to late 1950’s. They both look to be in their early twenties.
The photographs in this particular feature installment merely confirm two facets of mankind that the majority of us already know to be true. First, despite what other’s may have presented to us, same gender love (gay) isn’t a recent phenomenon. Second, the same holds true for the pleasures of social nudity. Both are probably as old as humanity itself!
Happy GLBTQ Bare History Month!