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About Homobilia

We See Gay People

By today’s standards the images on this site are pretty tame. But if their erotic power has diminished, other layers of meaning have grown. Offering more than historical interest or retro appeal, they invite us to gaze into our past, to connect with strangers who are strangely familiar.

The point is not that these are images of "gay people," but as Graham Robb observed in his book, Strangers, we find our likeness in them.

We may glance at these men and women through jaundiced eyes, but they look back with a refreshing lack of cynicism. Although we can be relatively open about our sexuality today, these people still speak to us about the timeless desires we’ve (often secretly) shared.

And they serve as a reminder and a warning: Whatever sexual freedom and social justice we’ve achieved cannot be taken for granted.

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