The Natural Sex of Mapplethorpe (And One Big Bravo)

By Robert Mapplethorpe

This morning, Angela emailed me a gem from the New York Times.  For all LGBTQ folks and our wonderful supporters, the sun is beginning to shine more brightly in the U.S. of A.  This, from the NYT article by John Schwartz:

A federal appeals court on Thursday ruled that gay Americans are a class of people who deserve the same kinds of constitutional protections as many other victims of discrimination. 

The 2-to-1 ruling, by the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York, came as the panel struck down the federal law prohibiting federal recognition of same-sex marriage. It is the first time that a federal appeals court has applied this level of constitutional protection — known as heightened scrutiny — to those unions. The case is now considered by some legal scholars to be the leading candidate for a Supreme Court review of the same-sex marriage issue.

Well, what better way to celebrate this good news than with a tribute to legendary gay photographer and artist, Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989). As you can see from the photos we’ve posted here, this man saw profound beauty in sex and the body, and shared it with the world.  The light he casts on the human form, and the grace he recognized in all kinds of sexualities and genders, lives on well beyond his death.  And then, of course, he “did it with flowers” too — a true reminder that our own physiques are no less natural or valuable than that of the lily or tulip.  Mapplethorpe’s photos of unashamed BDSM go hand in hand with his shots of flowers in all their petals, stamens, and pollen-clad glory.

After all, erotic love, be it pleather-clad or naked, is as natural as stamen and stem.

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