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Art, Sex, and Pride: The Secret Gay History of New York

The photographer is anonymous, as are the subjects who are captured illicitly standing on street corners in and around Times Square in the 1960s, gingerly—and not so gingerly—cruising each other.

One man stands sexily—tight clothes, sharp haircut—being observed by a man in a longer coat. Another tall, slim man strides in black T-shirt and black trousers, and then there is the male couple photographed from the back, arms around each other’s waists, standing on the street corner as city life buzzes about them.

The New York Times at the time noted the “decay” of 42nd Street, and that homosexuality was “an obvious problem.”

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