A Kinky History

September 28, 2016 2:44 pm0 comments

The Leather Archives and Museum Turns 25 by Steve Desroches It was a familiar, yet heartbreaking story. During the worst years of the AIDS epidemic, when many gay men died, their families simply threw out many of the deceased’s personal belongings, especially anything relating to their gay identity. Sometimes it [...]

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The Long Road to Long Point

September 21, 2016 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches In Sidney Simon’s etching Last Train to Doomben, a streetcar jammed with soldiers and sailors on leave head to a race track in Brisbane, Australia, for a little rest from war time military life during World War II. While the youth of the subjects is clear, their [...]

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Back to His Beginnings

September 14, 2016 5:00 am0 comments

by Jeannette de Beauvoir It all started in Provincetown, and artist Paul Bellardo is finally—at age 92—coming home. Or at least his work is, in an exhibit called, appropriately enough, Look Who’s Back. Bellardo first came to Provincetown in 1947. “I’d just gotten out of the army,” he recalls. “I [...]

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The Spirit of ‘76

September 7, 2016 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches Years ago artist Paul Rizzo was walking through the yards and yards of oddities and curiosities so abundant at the Brimfield Antique Show when he came upon a milk crate full of gay porn magazine from the 1970s. It wasn’t just the erotic imagery that grabbed his [...]

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Will The Real Mark Beard Please Stand Up?

August 31, 2016 5:00 am0 comments

by Jeannette de Beauvoir It’s an à propos question. Artist Mark Beard may not “contain multitudes,” as Walt Whitman would say, but he is at least six different people. “I always wished I had a gay great-uncle,” says Beard, speaking from his studio in Paris, “so I made one up.” [...]

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Dreaming Is Free

August 17, 2016 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches One of artist Nathan Rapport’s greatest successes to date was born out one of the most difficult times in his life. He was going through a major break up and selling his home. Things were changing, he was heartbroken, and the future uncertain. Newly single Rapport had [...]

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