Sunday, February 5, 2012

Hidden in the Open: A Photographic Essay of 140-Years of Black Male Couples

        Historian Trent Kelly has been digging through the past—140 years of the past to be specific. But what he’s discovered has been well worth the effort. Check out some images from the mid 19th century through the 20th in Hidden In The Open. “Historically, the Afro American gay male and couple has largely been defined by everyone but themselves. Afro American gay men are ignored into nonexistence in parts of black culture and are basically second class citizens in gay culture. The black church which has historically played a fundamental role in protesting against civil injustices toward its parishioners has been want to deny its gay members their right to live a life free and open without prejudice. Despite public projections of a “rainbow” community living together in harmonious co-habitation, openly active and passive prejudices exist in the larger gay community against gay Afro Americans.” says Trent Kelly. 
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Romantic-Affectionate Men 
Ubangi Club, Harlem 1934-37
Passionate African American men, early 1980s
Romantic men, 1920s

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