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1950s gay couple found forbidden love in photo booth

1950s gay couple found forbidden love in photo booth

Back in 1953, being gay was not only frowned upon but forbidden.

Safe places were sacred, and one of them happened to be a photo booth.

The young man on the right hand side of the image above, Joseph John Bertrund Berlanger, once owned the picture.

 Even though the picture itself could have got both of the men arrested at the time it was taken, he held onto the romantic shot for posterity.

The image is now part of the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the University of Southern California Libraries, according to Time Magazine, the largest repository of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer materials in the world.

Berlanger, born in Canada in 1925, served in the Royal Canadian Air Force and was a member of the Mattachine Society – an early instance of what today would be called an LGBTI organization.