In honor of June being Gay Pride Month, we’re celebrating not just our favorite gay and lesbian couples since the dawn of time, but also their love for each other even when homosexuality was deemed worthy of incarceration. In their own ways — some more than others — all of these couples helped propel the gay-rights movement forward. Even if some of them weren’t on the front lines like Harvey Milk and Scott Smith, by not hiding their relationships, they proved to the world that love comes in many different forms.
Khanumhotep and Niankhkhanum: (2400 B.C., Egypt). Regarded by most historians as the first recorded gay couple, the gentlemen were manicurists of The Great House during the 5th dynasty. The king needed a shave; the fellas were there with bells on.