Coney Island. 1940s.
Photographer: Sid Grossman
Internalized heterosexism having been out twelve years, having spent much of that time as an lgbt activist in various roles, and /still/ seeing this photo and going, “they’re such good friends!”
But if this was a man and a woman in this pose, would I infer they were friends? No, because the body language speaks of intimacy. They’re holding hands, and standing back to chest. That’s not how one stands with their friend.
And yet, my first instinct was to completely reframe the image to fit a hetero paradigm because of course there were no lesbians living in NYC in the 40’s.
That’s what being marinated in a culture that delegitimates your history and identity does to people.