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LGBT-FRIENDLY MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES

Adonis Art. London's leading commercial gay art gallery
 
ARTS Sebastian Moreno: Gay art gallery in L'Escala (Girona) Spain, presents art, handcrafts and design objects by local and world artists. We do commission art works such as portraits customized t-shirts, jewels, and can sell by internet and ship world wide ondon's leading commercial gay art gallery.
 
Bert Green Fine Arts, formerly Circle Elephant Art. A virtual gallery featuring work by a number of lesbian and gay artists.

Bridge Gallery.
The mission of Bridges Gallery is to give voice and vision to the imagination and insight of Gay and Lesbian photographers throughout the world.


Erotic Male Art. Paintings drawings, phootgraphs and more.
 
Fine Art for Men: offering an eclectic mix of original European art, photography and antiques with masculine themes.
 
Gay Art Gallery. Exhibit and sale of artworks by Gay artists ..
 
Homobilia is your source for one-of-a-kind, rare, and unusual gay art, memorabilia and vintage erotica. For years we've collected what we love. Now it's time to share our passion with you.
 
Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation is a non-profit arts Foundation, committed to providing a forum to further the awareness and appreciation of Lesbian and Gay art.
 
The Lyman-Eyer Gallery specializes in modern and contemporary fine art by 32 local and regional artisans, with 14 concentrating on the male figure including Steve Walker, Michael Breyette, Robert Sherer. We are the 'go to' gallery for male figurative art in the gay resort of Provincetown, MA.

Museum of Modern Art, The MOMA in NYC.
 
The National Museum of Women in the Arts. "The only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of women artists." An important and valuable resource: just don't look for the word 'lesbian.'
 
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York In honor of their extraordinary exhibition, Fever: The Art of David Wojnarowicz. (Jan. '99 Site of the Month)
 
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
The Stowitts Museum and Library Dedicated to the work of Hubert Julian Stowitts and other 20th century artists who made significant contributions to art and culture yet were overlooked or neglected by mainstream art establishments. (Sept. '97 Site of the Month)
 
Utopia Gallery from Bangkok,Thailand, presents art galleries featuring the male Asian body by a variety of gay graphic artists and photographers including Iskandar, Janun Ionn, Jun, Sadao Hasegawa, Photos by Biron, Symon, Tan Peng, Patrick Debremme, and Ed Freeman.
 
Vatican Museum No one in the history of art has been more interested in depicting the male nude than Michelangelo. The Sistine Chapel, Galleria delle Statue and much more.Villa Lila is the local GLBT center in Nijmegen, Netherlands. We have been organizing monthly art shows for about 15 years. (Text in Dutch)

Andy Warhol Museum Museum tour, Archives Study Center, film and video programs and a Call for Papers.
 
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts presents art and arts education that emphasize the diverse artists and communities of the San Francisco Bay Area. Presentations by local, national and international artists serve to engage audiences in Visual Arts, Performing Arts, Film/Video and Education Programming.


LINKS TO LGBT WEBSITES

Art of Love an online magazine about erotic art, photography & sexual themed computer games. We feature art from hundreds of artists in galleries and articles,
including gay art and male erotica.
 
Artists Wanted is a new organization aimed at providing consistent opportunities for highly-talented yet undiscovered artists to gain recognition on a large scale. The website hosts a series of competition open internationally that allow artists the chance to get their work seen within the professional art world. Their first major competition is going on now, and the site will become a consistent and on-going resource for new competitions.
 
Autostraddle.com is an intelligent, hilarious & provocative voice and a progressive online community for a new generation of kickass lesbian, bisexual & otherwise inclined ladies.
 
Flying Wolf Studio offers a stunning collection fine art nudes created in vivid pastel and watercolor media. Flying Wolf Studios offers these amazing pieces in limited and open edition prints, as well as original works of art.
 
Gay Art Blog Gay and homoerotic art is more than porn. Of course - it is sometimes porn as well, but often gay art is more interesting when it takes a broader view of a gay mans life and condition. Read the Gay Art Blog for a weekly review of gay art and gay artists on the internet.

Gay Romania: Gay and lesbian resources and lifestyle in Romania.

Gay Utopia is an online symposium devoted to exploring that ideal realm in which gender, sexuality, and identity dissolve. It includes poetry, artwork, comics, personal essays, reviews, fiction, drama, slash, and more by Ursula K. Le Guin, Jennifer Baumgardner, Dame Darcy, Johnny Ryan, Ariel Schrag, Julia Serano, Michael Manning, Matt Thorn, Neil Whitacre, Edie Fake, and a host of other contributors.
 
Glasgay! Scotland's only annual gay and lesbian arts festival, aims to provide the best and most innovative lesbian and gay art across a wide range of disciplines, and to present and promote the work of local artists alongside quality work from throughout the country and abroad.
 
GLBT World Resources. New (2008) Google online resources of interest to members of the GLBT community.
 
Good As You! LGBT news and information presented with an irreverent spin. Our tone is light, but our message is firm: We will not sit back and be led to a society that favors discrimination over diversity.
 
HOMOTOPIA.TV. The TV Video archive blog from Liverpool, England.
 
Chez Netgai A selected list of interesting and useful Gay French websites (Text in French).
 
Pablo Picasso, cubism history
How and why Pablo Picasso created cubism. Comprehensive study of the art of Pablo Picasso, the quintessential male heterosexual artist of the 20th Century who glorified the female nude and only occasionally focused on the male nude.
 
Pink Art Gallery: First homoerotic art gallery in Brussels, Belgium
 
Pink Pasty (blog): LGBT news from Cornwall, UK. Read about this homophobic police conduct towards male Art in Cornwall.
 
On the Purple Circuit: Promoting GLQBT theatre and performance throughout the world with newsletters, contact information, and resources.
 
Priapean Tomes. The largest online catalog of Gay antiquarian materials, offering a growing selection of out-of-print art and photography books.
 
Queer Horror. This site is devoted to exploring the horror genre and its inclusion of gays, lesbians, bisexuals and the transgendered. It's a place where queer folk can explore their interests in, or connections with, the horror genre.he largest online catalog of Gay antiquarian materials, offering a growing selection of out-of-print art and photography books.
 
Renner Gallery. Exclusive representative for the photographic works of Robert John Guttke and Mark Jenkins. Representative for the photographic works of circus by Gregory Bartning. Largest online catalog of Gay antiquarian materials, offering a growing selection of out-of-print art and photography books.
 
The Sacred Atinoüs. Erotically charged, explicitly illustrated queer-themed historical fiction about the Roman Emperor Hadrian and his young Greek lover, Antinoüs.
 
San Francisco Public Library James C. Hormel Gay & Lesbian Center is a research center devoted to the documentation of lesbian and gay history and culture by collecting, preserving and providing access to material on all aspects of the LGBT experience.
 
Visual Artist Information Hotline, a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts, is a free national information service for individual artists working in all visual arts media. The Hotline empowers artists by providing them with complete information about resources to facilitate their work. Artists can speak directly with staff by calling (800) 232-2789 -1 5 PM EST, Monday through Friday or can email hotline@nyfa.org.
 
WebCastro. An online magazine and virtual community featuring the businesses, culture, and people of the Castro district of San Francisco.



LGBT ORGANIZATIONS 

Artmatters. A private foundation devoted to providing direct support to contemporary artists. Includes The Critical Needs Fund for Photographers with HIV/AIDS and an unusual catalog of artist-designed gifts.

Arts Wire. Run by The New York Foundation for the Arts, this site offers news, grants, even job listings to help artists make art.

Black & Lesbian Gay Organizations. Extensive listing of gay organizations maintained by BLK publishing (Blackfire, Black Lace, Kuumba magazines),

California LGBT Arts Alliance.  Promotes artistic and financial partnerships that strengthen and deepen the cooperative relationship among Californians LGBT non-profit arts organizations and individual artists.

The Estate Project for Artists with AIDS, 581 Santa Monica Boulevard, #400 West Hollywood, CA 90069 (310-652-1282).

Gala Choruses is the world's only association committed to serving the lesbian and gay choral movement, providing leadership through excellence in the choral arts, with 160 member choruses and 8,000 singers around the world.   

Gender DynamiX, founded in July 2005, is the first transgender association established in Africa. This association works towards a world in which each person has the freedom to express their own gender - whether it corresponds to their born sex or not.  

The GLBT Historical Society of Northern California. From the time of the Gold Rush to Queer Nation and the AIDS pandemic, the Historical Society's collections in San Francisco save our diverse histories for future generations.  

The Glasgow Gay & Lesbian Centre provides the only space for LGBT artists to exhibit their work in Scotland.  

Asian AIDS Information Archive: for extensive list of resources maintained on Utpia-asia.com website based in Thailand, click on AIDS HIV link on home page.

International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission. The mission of IGLHRC is to secure the full enjoyment of the human rights of all people and communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of sexual orientation or expression, gender identity or expression, and/or HIV status. A US-based non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO), IGLHRC effects this mission through advocacy, documentation, coalition building, public education, and technical assistance.

Leslie-Lohman Gay Art Foundation, contact: Wayne Snellen, director, 127 Prince St., New York, NY 10012 (212-673-7007). LLGAF is a nonprofit gallery and archive dedicated to the preservation and exhibition of lesbian and gay art that may be endangered because of censorship, prejudice and misunderstanding.

Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center. Free Internet access, educational programming, career center, gallery, café and much more.

National Association of Black & White Men Together (NABWMT). A gay, multiracial, multicultural organization committed to fostering supportive environments wherein racial and cultural barriers can be overcome and the goal of human equality realized.  

Names Project. A beautiful site that evokes the spirit of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Queer Cultural Center (Qcc). Founded in 1993, Qcc is a multidisciplinary arts presenting organization that conducts artistic and interpretive programs exploring queer identity issues.

SF International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Presented by Frameline, the San Francisco Festival recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The Charles M. Holmes San Francisco LGBT Community Center.

Tom of Finland Foundation A "safe haven" for masculine male erotic art. includes gallery, newsletter, calendar of events and extensive links pages.

 Toxic Titties is a Los Angeles based collaborative group of feminist artists working with performance, video, and film, bringing a subcultural phenomenon into the frame of conceptual art. Using pleasure and play, the group mutates with each performance to include a multiplicity of participants and embody queer perversions of cultural ideals. .

Triangle Artist Group. Virtual gallery by collective of more than 100 Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual artists in the Washington D.C. area.

Visual Aid is a nonprofit organization serving professional visual artists with life-threatening illnesses in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Visual AIDS. Gallery comprised of works selected from the Visual AIDS' Archive Project. We invite guest curators to select 15-20 works from the Archive for a six-week exhibition. Begun in 1994, the Archive Project is the largest national slide archive of works by artists with HIV/AIDS.


LGBT CULTURE & LITERATURE

Amaranth Womyn Lesbian Community & Magazine: venue for womyn artists to display and promote their art, paintings, and photography to writings of all kinds.
 
Arts Extra! is a Queer positive online publication by Jamie Windborne who covers news, features and the fanfare of the San Francisco arts community.
 
Behind the Mask is a web magazine on Gay and Lesbian affairs in Africa, based in Johannesburg, SA. You might be interested in our arts and culture section or our links to LGBT organisations and websites in various African countries.
 
Blithe House Quarterly: a site for gay short fiction invites you to browse its latestedition.  
Bookstorming.com. A Paris-based online resource for contemporary art publications, editions and artists' books.  
The Cockettes. The rise and fall of the legendary San Francisco theatrical troupe, 1969-1972.

Steven Cohen. Gay, Jewish performance artist of some infamy based in SouthAfrica.
 
Concharbooks 50+ categories, from antiquarian first-editions to all types of fiction. A fn and extensive gay-owned bookstore with a radical Celtic flavour, selling to all over the world from Cardiff, Wales.
 
CreamDrops. An Art and Literary Journal for Gay Men published by David Olin Tullis in Saint Louis, Missouri with current and back issues available free online.  
The Quentin Crisp Archives preserves and maintains the manuscripts, artworks by and about, and various artifacts related to the life and legend of Quentin Crisp for the purpose of education, research and the promotion of his philosophy of individuality, self acceptance and tolerence., editing, coaching, and related resources.
 
GALA Magazine/ Gay And Lesbian Artists - giving voice to unseen, unheard, and undiscovered artists within the gay and lesbian community.
 
The Harvard Gay & Lesbian Review is widely considered the premier forum for discussion and analysis of contemporary gay, lesbian and bisexual ideas and literature.

Isolated Instances. Short fiction of the Lesbian Angst persuasion, and an annotated directory of other quality GLBT fiction and literature resources.

Juha, a Queer Palestinian Hip Hop outfit based in Hawai'i.

Kyle's Bed & Breakfast, a warm, uplifting comic strip showing gay men dealing with life issues, created by Greg Fox.

La Marchesa Luisa Casati. Devoted to the extraordinary life and legend of the Marchesa Luisa Casati, incomparable artistic muse, patron to numerous Gay & Lesbian artists, and cult icon. Also be sure to check out Infinite Variety, the new bio of the Marchesa. (Nov.'01 Site of the Month)

Lesbian Movie Reviews. Interesting and entertaining lesbian movies in many different genres. You can submit your own review, too!

Lodestar Quarterly. New fiction, poetry, and drama by some of today's finest gay, lesbian, and queer writers.

NYU's Downtown Collection A research collection at New York University that is preserving the archives of Dennis Cooper,David Wojnarowicz, Tim Dlugos, David Trinidad, and others involved in the Queer scene of the last 25 years. Available for public use.

A Real Read. Chicago's premiere LGBT African American performance ensemble, represents a community living under a dual minority status. Through poetry, prose and plays, the ensemble strives to give a voice to a community often silenced, while offering performances that reflect the universal.

Rhizome is a comprehensive resource for information and critical writing about what's going on at the intersection of emerging technology and contemporary art.
 
Arthur Rimbaud. The Drunken Boat: the 19th Century gay life and poetry of Arthur Rimbaud who is considered by many critics to be France's greatest poet.
 
The Sacred Antinous. Erotically charged illustrated queer-themed historical fiction about the Roman Emperor Hadrian and his young Greek lover Antinous. "My vision for the project," states creator Shawn Postoff, "is one that combines the online writing with staged performances and visual arts including original mosaics, drawing and painting,"
 
SF International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival. Presented by Frameline, the Festival recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.
 
Solanas Online. We want to offer a resource to queer kids all over the planet in search of an alternative to XY magazine, Ani Difranco, and the token "Real World" Fag on this season's run. (May '03 Site of the Month)
 
Songs from the Age of the Closet. A compilation of art songs written by gay composers from the 19th and early 20th centuries, performed by Elif Savas and Martin Hennessy.

spoonfed:amerika. an extraordinary site for those people who refuse to be categorized; who strive for growth, understanding and peace. It is for anyone who can express the complexity of the human experience visually or in written form and wants to contribute to a greater understanding for the rest of us. (Oct. '01 Site of the Month)

Stonewall Chorale. The Stonewall Chorale is the oldest gay and lesbian chorus in the U.S.

Strange de Jim: one of the reasons why San Francisco is not New York, or Tulsa, or Chernobyl, or any other place.
 
Suspect Thoughts . A journal of subversive writing, with illustrations by Tim Slowinski. (June '001 Site of the Month)

Theoretical.com: A fantastic (though sometimes grim) journey that begins in the queer underground music and art scene of LA in the early 1980's, documenting some of those who fell during The Plague (AIDS) and what some of the survivors are up to now.
 
Timil Deeps. Home of the comic strip, '52 TIMIL DEEPS! Featuring new episodes, FREE DEEPS stuff, online shopping, character information, contests and games.
 
Karl Heinrich Ulrichs: a Website in the form of a festschrift / memory book created to commemorate the 175th jubilee birthday of Gay activist Karl Heinrich Ulrichs.
 
Uncle Donald's Castro Street is a collection of stories and pictures about the San Francisco Castro district in the 1970's, including an extensive Harvey Milk section.
 
Walt Whitman Hypertext Archive presents digitized images of Whitman's writings in their original documentary forms. This is a fascinating example of the power of the web to make the rarest of manuscripts accessible to everyone.
 
Wild Hearts: Lesbian Sacred Sexuality & Arts features photography, poetry and music by Elsa Gidlow, Jennifer Berezan, and Marcelina Martin.
 
World History of Male Love. A very interesting site intended to bring back into the light of common knowledge the examples of those societies - our own ancestors - that integrated the love of one male for another into the social fabric.


Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality: Frequently Asked Questions

What is sexual orientation?
Sexual orientation refers to the sexual preference of a person, defining them as heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual. Sexual orientation refers to the behaviors and desires associated with sexual actions and has nothing to do with biology or gender.
  
What causes a person to have a particular sexual orientation?
There are several different factors that can play into a person developing a particular sexual orientation. Though there have been no clear cut links to anything that causes a particular sexual orientation—there are several different theories as to what causes sexual orientation. There is a constant battle between nature vs. nurture. The consensus seems to be that most people have little or no choice about their sexuality. Childhood experiences, good or bad, could play a role in the developing orientation.
   
Is sexual orientation a choice?
Though there are many people who may believe sexual orientation is a choice, sexual orientation happens. It's not something a person can just wake up one morning and say, “I don't want to be straight.” With the social stigma surrounding homosexuality today, to say it's a choice would insinuate that people are choosing to make their lives harder, and instinct tends to lead us all to the easier path. Though we are unsure of what exactly causes an orientation, we do know little to no choice is made on behalf of the individual. You have no control over who you are going to be attracted to and want to begin dating, it's a natural inclination towards a certain person no matter their gender.
 
Until 1973, homosexuality was thought to be a mental illness in need of a cure. The fact of the matter is that homosexuality is not a mental illness or mental problem, no matter how much some people choose to view it that way. A famous psychologist, Alfred Kinsey, developed the the theory that everyone has homosexual tendencies, and created the Kinsey Test. The Kinsey Test asks questions and has a scale that identifies a person's level of homosexuality, either as homosexual, slightly homosexual, bi-sexual, heterosexual, slightly heterosexual, or asexual.

Behavior associated with both homosexuality and heterosexuality is completely normal and associated with human sexuality in general. There is no mental illness or emotional problem that causes homosexuality.

Why is the "coming out" process difficult for some gays and lesbians?
For many gays and lesbians, “coming out” to parents, co-workers, friends, and other family members can be a difficult process because of the social stigmas surrounding the topic. Sometimes, they fear what others will think of them, how people will act toward them and how being honest with themselves and the others around them will impact their lives.
  
It is hard for many to accept the way they will be viewed in the public eye, the eye of the government as they lose many rights they would maintain by presenting themselves as heterosexual, and if they have not already established a relationship with a partner, having the courage to present themselves in the community could all impact how difficult “coming out” is for them.
 
What are some ways to help lesbians and gay men overcome existing discrimination?
The most important thing lesbians and gay men can do to help overcome prejudice and discrimination against them is to be true to themselves and others around them, allowing themselves to be open in society. There are many different support groups in the community and many heterosexual people show support for homosexuals. The more involved lesbians and gays become in fighting against these prejudices and discrimination against them, the more they are doing to stop them.
  
Can therapy change sexual orientation?
No. Therapy cannot change sexual orientation because sexual orientation is not an illness or ailment that needs a treatment. Therapy should not be used to attempt to alter the sexual orientation of anyone, because sexual orientation is something that comes naturally to a person—and there is nothing wrong with anything a person feels toward another.
  
Why is it important for society to be better educated about homosexuality?
It is important for society to be better educated about homosexuality because the more people know, the more they can understand. The more people understand, the more receptive society will become to accepting lesbians and gays for who they are, rather than their sexual preferences. As society becomes more educated and open minded, people will be able to “come out” and enjoy their lives with less fear and become closer to one day sharing equal rights.

Resources for More Information on Sexuality

American Psychological AssociationLesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Concerns Office
750 First Street, NE. Washington, DC 20002
E-mail

Mental Health America (formerly the National Mental Health Association)
2000 N. Beauregard Street, 6th Floor
Alexandria, VA 22311
Main Switchboard: (703) 684-7722
Toll-free: (800) 969-6MHA (6642)
TTY: (800) 433-5959
Fax: (703) 684-5968

2261 Market Street, PMB #296
San Francisco, CA 94114

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Hotline toll-free phone:
1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564)

GLBT National Youth Talkline toll-free phone:
1-800-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743)

Administrative phone: 415-355-0003

Fax: 415-552-5498

Email address: info@GLBTNationalHelpCenter.org

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