Early 1900s Chapbook: Central Alabama

Early 1900s chapbook written by Joe Hulse from Central Alabama.  The chapbook contains Gay themed poetry written by Joe to several men that he has relationships with.  This book stands in stark opposition to the idea that Southern Queer community history is a modern invention, and serves to remind us that the locations of Alabama Queer history exist in multiple formats throughout history.  The photo is almost certainly diarist Joe Hulse on the left and I strongly suspect (because of where photo was laid into the diary) “Alf” (to whom one of the poems was dedicated) on the right. “The Perfect Summer’s Day”). Almost certain they are in the Cahaba River in the shallow part out near Irondale.

Keeping LGBTQ+ History Alive is Important