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5 comments | Friday, February 11, 2011

February is the designated month during the year when we take time out to celebrate the contributions of great African-Americans, but the history of Black same-gender loving people and our contributions are largely ignored, not to mention our relationships. Our friends at No More Down Low TV have reminded us of an amazing photo collection we discovered online a while ago from historian Trent Kelly that captures same gender affection among Black men dating as far back as the 19th century.

No More Down Low TV interviewed Kelly via Skype from his home in Houston regarding his brilliant collection.

"I want the world to see the photographs. I want the black gay community to see the photographs and men in particular so they know they have a history to be proud of," says Kelly

Kelly has uploaded dozens of beautiful images of what appears to be Black same-gender loving couples in various states of embrace or implied closeness on his Flickr page and has appropriately named the collection "Hidden In The Open", most likely referring to the discretion the men had to utilize during a more conservative era.

While viewers of the photographs may or may not see two black men in love, Kelly reveals the inscriptions on the back of a photo of two sailors to be a little more descriptive.

"On the back of that particular photo he introduces the person sitting next to him as his "special friend", so it's pretty obvious the relationship between the two."

Simply incredible.

Watch No More Down Low TV's latest episode featuring the photo collection of Trent Kelly below:


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...



I would have been appalled (in surprise) even if you posted pics of white gay men showing affection in those times...


you set off an alarm !

I can't believe that these men were brave enough to even make hint of a relationship in those times...its truly amazing...

i always knew this existed, but to see actual pictures is shocking (in a good way obviously)

Thank you so much for posting !!

Can you also update us on the status of Noah's Arc coming back to Tv or elaborate more on what logo has said about the show coming back ??

February 13, 2011 1:36 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

This is awesome man. You truly don't see this at all. Great find!

I'm going to have to post this on my blog as well!

February 13, 2011 10:14 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

These pictures are beautiful. I sent this post to several of my friends and they also thought the pictures were awesome.

February 15, 2011 8:56 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Yeah these are pretty amazing....

February 22, 2011 2:22 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

If you like rare and eccentric look up gayartz.blogspot.com

May 03, 2012 11:12 AM


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