When was the first gay couple?

Their love certainly stood the test of time in ancient times, to be exact. The two were servants who lived in Egypt around 2400 BC. C. The manicurists of the royal court who cared for the pharaoh himself, Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum were found buried together in the tomb of King Unas.

How do we know they were lovers? Their bodies were intertwined and their faces were face to face, a tradition that marked the dead as married couples. The couple, who are now in their early 70s, spoke this month in a rare interview at the house they share here, almost half a century after they united their lives and earned a place in the history of gay rights, helping to make Minnesota one of the first centers of gay activism.

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