Retro Snap: Why Was This Photo So Shocking In 1953?

What made this photo completely illicit in 1953?

This:

kiss 1953 gay

The picture is from the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives. Their site explains that it is:

The oldest active Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning (LGBTQ) organization in the United States and the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world. Founded in 1952, ONE Archives currently houses over two million archival items including periodicals, books, film, video and audio recordings, photographs, artworks, organizational records and personal papers.

Check out the rest of their very interesting archives here.

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    • Lisa

      Whoa whoa whoa, Ms. Wright. Too much too early in the day. :)

    • Sabrina

      Sorry but I think that’s disgusting even by today’s standards.

      • LandStander

        Sorry but I think you are disgusting even by today’s standards too :-)

      • lovismyreligion

        You are pathetic. And an abomination. Enjoy your place in hell.