Gay Pride and Self-Representation Under the Lavender Scare

Apr 24, 2013 5:04PM

Living during this era of persecution, Thek and his circle’s self-representation as gay men becomes even more significant, proving that pockets of gay pride and liberation existed particularly in urban areas (in their case, New York and Miami) despite the real threat of homophobia

Image: Peter Hujar, “Thek in the Palermo Catacombs (II)” (1963/1994), gelatin silver print, 7 x 7 in. (Copyright 1987 The Peter Hujar Archive, LLC; courtesy Pace/ MacGill Gallery, New York and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco)