Reasons to Have Pride in 2012, Part 1

We came out, we saw ourselves in media, and we conquered hearts and minds in the last year. From major wins to small victories, here is the first of four parts of 181 reasons to feel proud of not being straight and narrow.



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Because gay art is now recognized as legitimate

Twenty-three years ago, the Robert Mapplethorpe show “The Perfect Moment” caused a national sensation when its homoerotic and sadomasochistic images led to a show being canceled in Washington, D.C., and obscenity charges for Cincinnati curators who displayed the work. Now, queer artists like Ryan Trecartin are celebrated the world over for their contributions. As part of that sea change, the Leslie/Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the first institution solely devoted to gay works, opened recently in New York City. Of the museum opening, Leslie/Lohman president Jonathan David Katz says, “This is a watershed moment in the U.S. for gay and lesbian art.”