Touching Photographs of Same-Sex Couples Relaxing in Their Homes in the 1980s (20 Pics)

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In the late 1970s, Sage Sohier discovered that her father, who had separated from her mother when she was a young child, was gay. Because he persisted in a mostly closeted existence, the revelation drove her explore his world more intimately by interviewing and photographing gay and lesbian friends and acquaintances within their private homes. Soon, she branched out into gay clubs and pride marches, building a wide network of couples who wanted to be photographed and interviewed for the project. She traveled throughout the country, posting ads for subjects in local gay newsletters.

For At Home with Themselves: Same-Sex Couples in 1980s America, Sohier captures quiet moments in the domestic lives of homosexual families between 1986 and 1988, during the later years of the AIDS epidemic and at the beginning of a newly emerging gay rights movement.
“My ambition was to make pictures that challenged and moved people and that were interesting both visually and psychologically,” she said
Bill & Ric, with Ric’s daughter Kate, San Francisco, 1987; © Sage Sohier
Cindy & Barb’s Wedding, Boston, 1986; © Sage Sohier
Herb & Dana, Quincy, MA, 1988; © Sage Sohier
Sheia & Dorothy, Santa Fe, 1988; © Sage Sohier
Doris & Debie, with Junyette, Los Angeles, 1987; © Sage Sohier
David & Eric, Boston, 1986; © Sage Sohier
Gordon & Jim, with Gordon’s mother Margot, San Diego, 1987; © Sage Sohier
Marty & Rip, New Orleans, 1988; © Sage Sohier
Brian & Hanns, Key West, 1988; © Sage Sohier
Trip & Alan, Key West, 1988; © Sage Sohier
Chris & Cris, Provincetown, MA, 1986; © Sage Sohier
Stephanie & Monica, Boston, 1987; © Sage Sohier
Reno & Lee, Fire Island, NY, 1988; © Sage Sohier
Pinky & Diane, with 2 of Diane’s 8 children, Kenner, LA, 1988; © Sage Sohier
Jean & Elaine, Santa Fe, 1988; © Sage Sohier
Tim & Chuck, Key West, 1987; © Sage Sohier
Sue & Shelley, with 4 of Shelley’s 5 children, San Carlos, CA, 1988; © Sage Sohier
Pinky & Diane, with 2 of Diane’s 8 children, Kenner, LA, 1988; © Sage Sohier
Lloyd & Joel, San Francisco, 1987; © Sage Sohier
Lloyd & Joel, Stockbridge, MA, 2002; © Sage Sohier

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