New LGBT website invites you to test your 19th and 20th century Gaydar

New LGBT website invites you to test your 19th and 20th century Gaydar

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OurFamilyAlbum.org launched today with a collection of vintage photos of people it thinks may have been LGBT – “you decide”.



The site’s creator is gay filmmaker Stu Maddux, who says: “I wanted to create an album of my family of choice to connect to my past.  The idea came from work on a new documentary about old LGBT home movies.  It seemed important to share these personal still images too.  But done on line instead of on screen, it’s a conversation rather than just my interpretation.”

The site contains over a hundred photos spanning the 19th and 20th centuries and Stu plans to regularly update the collection with similar vintage photos from contributors.  Visitors to the site are asked to share their thoughts about the pictures, though it points out:  “Historians will caution against labelling these people through one’s 21st century ‘gaydar’.  Those who consider their gaydar infallible will push ahead anyway.  And, those who dislike labels may see their viewpoint validated throughout these pages.”

Here is a selection of some of the images:

Two men c.1890
Two men c.1890
Two men c.1900
Two men c.1900
Two women c.1910s
Two women c.1910s
Two men in uniform c.1915 Sofia, Bulgaria
Two men in uniform c.1915 Sofia, Bulgaria
Birthday Card c.1920s
Birthday Card c.1920s
Woman 1925
Woman 1925
Four men c.1920s
Four men c.1920s
Two men c.1930s
Two men c.1930s
Male Dancer 1936
Male Dancer 1936
Two German Wehrmacht Corporals 1944
Two German Wehrmacht Corporals 1944
Two men c.1940s
Two men c.1940s
Two men c.1950s
Two men c.1950s

Stu concludes:  “Our Family Album really needs to be opened and passed around or it’s just gathering dust in a virtual closet.  My gut tells me it will affect many others like it affects me.  Some of these photos are just irresistible!”

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