Front Free Endpaper Blog: Gay History
From James Callum’s Incredible Blog
The History Project in Boston
is devoted to documenting and preserving the history of the LGBT community of Boston and these two charmers above are an example of how fragile such a history can be. They are George Chapin Scott and Edward F. Bernier. George died in his 80s in 2005 and, whilst he was already known to The History Project and had already donated material to them, after his death his personal belongings and photographs were ejected unceremoniously from his apartment and found on the ground outside by a neighbourhood woman called Julie Katz. Julie should stand up and take a bow because she rescued all that she could carry from the pile in front of the building and gave it over to the care of The History Project.
Edward died tragically young in a road accident at the age of 31 but many of the photos show happier times among the small gay community of the area and these ones in particular certainly raise a smile depicting a band of very gay young men enjoying the beach at Provincetown, MA.
This kind of thing happens so many times. A gay man dies, without a surviving partner and without children and a landlord, or perhaps an unsympathetic family is left to deal with their belongings and a vital and fascinating glimpse of gay life and history is just thrown to the kerb. Once again, Julie Kazt, we salute you!
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