Gay... even way back in the day.LGBTQ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and those who identify as "queer" or "questioning" their sexuality. The LGBTQ community is very visible in today's culture -- from Rupaul's Drag Race to gay Olympians to the fight for same-gender marriage rights -- but how much do you really know about gay history? Although gay culture has come out of the proverbial closet in recent years, it wasn't always a parade. From Stonewall to Matthew Shepard to the denial of same-gender marriage, it's been a long road for the LGBTQ community.
When you look at these vintage pictures of gay couples, try to appreciate what it must have been like during their era to pose alongside their partner for photographs. Were they shunned by their respective families? Did they live on the fringes of their communities? What injustices and intolerance did they endure? Did they defiantly oppose straight society and refuse to live their lives in the closet? We don't know their individual stories, but sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. Imagine what these gay men's lives were like as you peruse these evocative pictures of couples from decades ago. Get Started