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Eugène Jansson, "Flottans Badhus" ("Naval Bath House"), 1907 (Thiel Gallery, Stockholm)

18 New Gay Art Shows for the Summer of ’21 ~ Proust at 150 ~ Gay Films from Cannes ~ Bathhouse Books ~ Lil Nas X ~ More

At NBC News, Dan Allen reviews 13 new exhibitions about LGBTQ artists in the United States and Europe, all of them running through the summer. Highlights include photographs by Tom of Finland (New York); the “vivid, dreamlike paintings” of Kenyan-born artist Michael Armitage (London); the ’60s mod fashion of Rudi Gerneich, who was Harry Hay’s partner (Phoenix, Arizona); and Gregg Bordowitz’s AIDS-inflected video art (New York). Heres hoping for one sometime soon on Swedish painter Eugène Jansson (1862–1915), whose masterpiece Flottans Badhus (Naval Bath House) is pictured above.

Other shows of note include the luminous youths of Henry Scott Tuke at the Watts Gallery in England, which spawned a ; “Lucian Freud’s gay relationships” with Adrian Ryan and John Minton in Bath, England (reviewed in The Guardian); sailors and sex in Barcelona; historical photographs of Cherry Grove, Fire Island; and a decorous selection of George Platt Lynes’ nude-ish photographs of men in Boston (the last two reviewed here)...  >> Read more >>

Donkey Hotey, "Donald Trump Portrait" (2015)

Rights Groups Back Impeachment

Offering a “gay take” on the events of January 6th seems beside the point, given that President Trump’s actions and those of the mob that stormed the Capitol represent a threat to all Americans, to democracy itself, and to world peace. Suffice it to say that some 40 LGBTQ organizations signed on to a statement by GLAAD calling for the “immediate and unequivocal removal of Donald Trump as president of the United States”; the Human Rights Campaign issued its own message to the same effect. While Vice-President Pence has declined so far to invoke the 25th amendment, the House of Representatives will likely vote to impeach President Trump tomorrow; the timing and outcome of a Senate trial remains uncertain...  >> Read more >>

Sir Thomas Lawrence, "George Agar-Ellis," 1823-1824 (Yale Center for British Art)

Gay News, Drag Race #13, Tom of Finland

As the Electoral College voted to formalize Joe Biden’s victory, Mr. Biden moved forward with the task of filling his cabinet. One demographic missing from the list so far? LGBTQs. As the Daily Beast reported, “pressure…is increasing for Biden to live up to his campaign promise to nominate an openly LGBTQ cabinet member.” We couldn’t agree more; we just hope he can successfully shepherd his nominees—straight, gay, cis, or trans—through a Senate that may well still be controlled by Republicans.

Gay Books, Arts, and Culture

This past weekend, the Tom of Finland Foundation presented the Plugged In online festival of erotic arts; tour the show on the web site, but (in case this isn’t obvious) many of the images are NSFW, so 18+ only please!..  >> Read more >>

American Library Association, World War I poster, 1918

Holiday Book List · 2020

Art

Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero

Everyone knows Tom of Finland’s work even if they don’t know his name. With his iconic pencil drawings of leatherbound and uniformed muscle hunks with oversized phalli, Tom both embodied and helped shape the aesthetic of a generation. This new edition of Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero makes a selection of his works from the 1940s to the 1980s available in beautiful coffee table format, including many explicit and color images that were not included in the original 1993 printing.

Photography

Loving: A Photographic History of Men in Love 1850s–1950s

This beautiful volume showcases hundreds of historical photographs of male couples from the collection of Hugh Nini and Neal Treadwell.

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President-Elect Joe Biden

Biden Victory a Win for LGBTQ Rights

Joe Biden was named winner of the 2020 election by all major TV networks, including Fox News, last Saturday after amassing 273 electoral votes. The count currently stands at 290 votes for Mr. Biden to 214 for Donald Trump, with only Georgia and North Carolina as yet undecided. Mr. Trump and the GOP have yet to acknowledge Mr. Biden’s victory.

President-Elect Biden’s victory is a clear win for LGBTQ rights. During his campaign, Mr. Biden laid out a detailed “plan to advance LGBTQ+ equality in America and around the world.” He has named a number of LGBTQ people to his transition team, including Dave Noble, the gay executive director of the ACLU of Michigan, and there is extensive speculation that Pete Buttigieg could win a cabinet post...  >> Read more >>

Tom's room in Los Angeles by Henning von Berg

Tom of Finland’s Official Life Is Back

Everyone knows Tom of Finland’s work even if they don’t know his name. With his iconic pencil drawings of leatherbound and uniformed muscle hunks with oversized phalli, Tom both embodied and helped shape the aesthetic of a generation. Rebel Without a Cause may have predated Tom’s bikers by a decade or two, but it was Tom who codified the garb of the gay biker and helped to popularized it around the world. This new edition of Tom of Finland: The Official Life and Work of a Gay Hero, by F. Valentine Hooven III, makes a selection of his works from the 1940s to the 1980s available in beautiful coffee table format, including many explicit and color images that were not included in the original 1993 printing...  >> Read more >>