The group was composed of ordinary men, men who worked hard throughout the week and made their sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life. Rand was not himself a part of the group but an outsider, allowed into the inner circle for a few days. He came in knowing hardly anyone, but in those final weekend hours, the men had become accustomed to him. He will always remember peering through the lens at three men luxuriating on the lawn. The sun was setting, and as he pressed the shutter, he understood that he had captured an indelible moment. Looking back on the negatives he made in the s, now digitized, Rand feels only gratitude for the motorcycle run.
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I wanted a glimpse of the life I could have — someone who looked like me and could understand my struggle. It was what gay society told me was the pinnacle of male beauty. For a long time, I thought that coming out would open doors to a place where I could be open about my identity without judgement. As gay men, we all go through an emotional journey to discover a sense of self; to allow ourselves to be vulnerable enough to come out and let our lives fall into place. And while I found acceptance in innumerable ways through friends, coming out also meant entering a world brimming with a distinct, ubiquitous form of discrimination — where racism runs rampant and everyone is boxed into manufactured stereotypes. I learned quickly that some of the most blatant racism in the gay community is pointed at Asian men. If anyone does show interest in an Asian man, they may be pursuing a submissive Asian stereotype.
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When Texas couple Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell stumbled onto a s-era photograph in a Dallas antiques shop some 20 years ago, they were startled to see a relationship that looked much like theirs: two men, embracing and clearly in love. As Dee Swann writes for the Washington Post , the image spoke to the couple about the history of love between men. We were intrigued that a photo like this could have survived into the [21st] century.