Any form of excess can usually be traced to the seed of a basic human longing. Perhaps that is why photography, in its dawning decades, had a particularly poignant role for individuals and groups who were largely invisible to society. Toklas , but also experienced by a great many ordinary men and women alike. Each couple, Diane Ackerman wrote in her sublime natural history of love , gets to redefine love, and these are some humble and humbling, beautifully human, immeasurably yet quietly courageous redefinitions. He found himself fascinated by such family albums by openly gay couples and was surprised by the freedom and happiness they exhibited in those photos, despite living in eras of extreme social intolerance toward LGBT people.
By Kelly Rakowski. Photographed by Jody Rogac. One of the very first photographs by Joan E. Today we need go no further than our phones for the ability to mindlessly scroll through images of queer people being cute and in love, but in the s, when the picture was taken, images of women adoring women or men adoring men were a different proposition altogether. The pages were filled with portraits of lesbians at work, at home, embracing, performing Wiccan rituals, making art, playing music, building homes, raising families, and being in love.
In the s, Dorothy Putnam met Lois Mercer who became her partner for over 50 years. The person who posted this photo on reddit writes:. I wonder if those quotation marks imply what I think they do, by the look on their faces, I would say they do. Ester Bentley enjoying the company of another woman in a photo booth.
The end of summer can be a lonely time for us single gays. Maybe your summer fling is winding down. Worry not, ladies! Here are 10 photos from lesbian weddings that will prove your time is coming — and how glorious it will be when it does! Our first look.