!! OMG history time: the first gay kiss in film history !!
Today we’re blessed with a bottomless well of queer film to explore, emote with, and relate to. Hell, you probably couldn’t watch all the queer films in the world even if you made it your full-time job! But as we all know, there is a first time for everything.
One such groundbreaking moment occurred in the 1927 silent war film Wings, which featured the first-ever gay kiss in film history.
In the dazzling era of the 1920s, Wings soared onto the silver screen, capturing hearts and minds with its gripping war story. Directed by the William A. Wellman, this film introduced us to two hunky World War I fighter pilots, Jack Powell (played by the dreamy Charles “Buddy” Rogers) and David Armstrong (portrayed by the dashing Richard Arlen).
The gay kiss in Wings may have been subtle, conveyed through gestures and expressions, but its impact was far-reaching. The scene’s significance lies in the recognition and interpretation of its subtext, offering a glimpse of same-sex affection that resonated deeply with audiences. So basically, if you knew, you knew.
Know your history, and check out the first homo smooch portrayed in a movie, after the jump!