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:
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!”