Art and Sex in New York

Author: , April 4th, 2012

Art and Sex in NYC“The Piers: Art and Sex along the New York Waterfront” is the first museum exhibition to focus exclusively on the uses of the Hudson River docks by artists and a newly emerging gay subculture. It presents over 70 works of art that demonstrate how the gay liberation movement–spurred by the 1969 Stonewall riots–transformed the cultural and social landscape of New York.

For the first time such seminal works of the New York avant-garde as Vito Acconci’s Untitled Project for Pier 17, Gordon Matta-Clark’s, Day’s End and David Wojnarowicz’s Rimbaud in New York, will be shown alongside little known photographs of the gay cruising scene by Leonard Fink, Frank Hallam, Lee Snider, and Rich Wandel.

After years of persecution and repression in the 1950s and 60s, the counter-culture revolution of the late 1960s brought about many cultural changes; this was especially true of changes in sexual attitudes. Public nudity and sex were becoming more accepted, especially as subject matter for artists seeking new forms of expression.

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Why Did Gay Cruise Company Choose to Visit a Homophobic Country?

Author: , March 23rd, 2012

Gay Cruise, DominicaWednesday night, March 21, KCBS News, the local CBS News affiliate in Los Angeles, lead their news-heavy broadcast with the story out of West Hollywood about how two gay men had been arrested for “buggery” (sodomy) by Dominican police on their Celebrity Summit cruise ship docked off the small Caribean country.

Travel agent Jess Kalinowsky told KCBS Channel 2: “Number one, the travel agent should have told their clients about these destinations. And number two, Atlantis should have told the clients about the destinations. And number three, the clients should have kept their windows shut.”

The real question is: why would the WeHo-based Atlantis Events cruise to anywhere near Dominica, Jamaica, the Bahamas or the Cayman Islands where they know sodomy has long been illegal?

Fox News reported an interview with President Rich Campbell, who is aboard the cruise: “Many countries and municipalities that gay men visit and live in have antiquated laws on their books,” he said. “These statutes don’t pose a concern to us in planning a tourist visit.”

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Two Men Arrested in Dominica for Having Sex on Gay Cruise

Author: , March 23rd, 2012

Gay Men Arrested in DomenicaTwo California men on a gay cruise have been arrested for having sex in Dominica, a Caribbean island country where sex between two men is illegal.

The Associated Press reports that the men, ages 41 and 43, were seen having sex on the Celebrity Summit cruise ship by someone on the dock and subsequently arrested on suspicion of indecent exposure and sodomy. The exact date and time of the incident was unclear, but the men were not charged. Their hometowns were not released.

The cruise was organized by Atlantis Events, a Southern California company that specializes in gay travel. A spokesman with the company said all employees were on the cruise ship and could not be reached.

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Sex in Sitges: A Practical Guide

Author: , November 21st, 2011

Spain is a predominantly Catholic country, with about 80 percent of Spaniards identifying as Catholic, but only one-third actually attending church. In spite of these high – but downward-trending – numbers, this second largest European Union member state recently legalized gay marriage. They also recently banned poppers. It’s not hard to figure out where the vanishing art of cruising fits into this very Spanish paradigm.

General Francisco Franco was firmly installed in power by the time the Spanish Civil War concluded in 1939, but his dictatorship’s virulently homophobic Vagrancy Act remained on the books until four years after his death in 1979. Furtive, same sex-hookups boomed during Franco’s repressive, four-decade regime, but with his demise, and the rise of the hedonistic countercultural movement La Movida, the stage was set for Spanish gays to come out and “normalize.”

By July 11, 2005, when Emilio Menendez and Carlos Baturin, a couple for more than 30 years, became the first legal same-sex marriage in Spain, it was a triumph for civil rights in the Europe Union, but a veritable death knell for amigos con derechos, or those boys who like to “get back to nature,” as George Michael sings. Sex in Spain’s great outdoors was officially out the window.

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