The confrontations between police and demonstrators at the Stonewall Inn in New York City the weekend of June 27-29, 1969 mark the beginning of the modern glbtq movement for equal rights.
Formed soon after the Stonewall Riots of 1969, the short-lived but influential Gay Liberation Front brought a new militancy to the movement that became known as gay liberation.
The sexual revolution of post-World War II America changed sexual and gender roles profoundly.
"Leather" is a blanket term for a large array of sexual preferences, identities, relationship structures, and social organizations loosely tied together by the thread of what is conventionally understood as sadomasochistic sex.
Although best known for her crusade for women's suffrage, Susan B. Anthony spoke out on a range of feminist issues.
With reports from hundreds of sub-Saharan African locales of male-male sexual relations and from about fifty of female-female sexual relations, it is clear that same-sex sexual relations existed in traditional African societies, though varying in forms and in the degree of public acceptance
Androgyny, a psychological blending of gender traits, has long been embraced by strong women, soft men, members of queer communities, and others who do not easily fit into traditionally defined gender categories.
A cultural crossroads between Asia and Europe, Russia has a long, rich, and often violent heritage of varied influences and stark confrontations in regard to its patterns of same-sex love.
peers by Steve Locke. © Steve Locke, courtesy Platform Gallery and Steve Locke.
The Platform Gallery in Seattle's current exhibition entitled "One more kiss and we're history" includes work by five leading glbtq artists, Cobi Moules, Kelli Connell, Molly Landreth, Steve Locke, and Steven Frost. The range of sexual orientations, gender identities, and artistic styles makes the exhibition an exceptionally interesting survey of contemporary glbtq visual culture.
Cobi Moules' work explores his transition from female to male. His self portraits navigate his complex individual experience through the subtle re-imagining of his physicality and the creation of fantasy worlds. His work reveals both his fears and his excitement about the possibilities his transition created.
Untitled (bath) by Cobi Moules (2009). © Cobi Moules, courtesy Platform Gallery and Cobi Moules.
Artist Kelli Connell creates images that appear to be photographic portraits of female couples, but does so with a twist. In fact, Connell digitally combines separate photographs of the same model to create her "couples."
The Valley by Kelli Connell. © Kelli Connell, courtesy Platform Gallery and Kelli Connell.
Connell says that "For the most part, I'm not actually thinking so much about representing two females in a relationship. I'm more so thinking about the multiple sides of the self in the overall human experience."
The images the show features by figurative artist Steve Locke are deliberately vague and invite viewer interpretation. Each painting features two men relating to each other in an ambiguous way. The paintings can be understood as gay, but Locke sees them as depicting the way males relate to each other in general. As he puts it, "It's just a male thing."
cleanse by Steve Locke. © Steve Locke, courtesy Platform Gallery and Steve Locke.
Documentary photographs by Molly Landreth, who has spent more than five years traveling around the United States photographing gay and transgendered people for her on-going project, Embodiment: A Portrait of Queer Life in America and mixed media works by Steven Frost, who is fascinated by the spectacle and the often extreme masculinity exhibited in professional wrestling, complete the show and add to the exhibition's diversity.
For more images and information about the exhibition and the artists, visit Platform Gallery's website.