"The poses, facial expressions, and body language of the men below will strike the modern viewer as very gay indeed. But it is crucial to understand that you cannot view these photographs through the prism of our modern culture and and current conception of homosexuality. The term 'homosexuality' was in fact not coined until 1869, and before that time, the strict dichotomy between 'gay' and 'straight' did not yet exist. Attraction to, and sexual activity with other men was thought as of something you did, not something you were. It was a behavior - accepted by some cultures and considered sinful by others."
So here now follows some of these photos that "are not about sexuality, but intimacy."