The boy and the mask

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The Ladder 1957

The pretty boy takes off the mask of a sad woman and looks up serenely.

At least that was my first interpretation of this cover of an issue of The Ladder. I wondered was he casting aside a heterosexist image of gay men as faux-women. Or just the tears: that ugly assumption straight people make that gay men are unhappy.

Then I looked up The Ladder. It was published by The Daughters of Bilitis, an early Lesbian group. So I don't really know if the person on the cover is male. It could be a gay woman tossing off sadness and stereotypes.

Having no reason to do otherwise I'll retain my image of the pretty gay boy.

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