Aug 25, 2015
Andy Warhol: Gay without Pride
If I didn't know already, I'd have no idea that Warhol was gay. He mentions attractive men and women both, but he doesn't seem to like gay people. He complains that a first-name celebrity took him to a benefit, and it turned out to be for fags and lesbians. He complains about bars being full of fags. In a restaurant, he discovers that a gay chef made his dinner, and refuses to eat it for fear of contracting AIDS. He thinks Gay Pride Day is ridiculous (although he doesn't mind photographing the parade).
Homoerotic art, especially early in his career, and films like Blow Job (1964) and Trash (1970).
A homoerotic painting by Jamie Wyeth.
The Factory, where he made his pop art in the 1960s, was a gathering place for bohemians, including drag queens, transgender folk of various types, and rent boys. That was a lot of visibility for the pre-Stonewall era.
Paul Getty Jr., photographed attractive men in their underwear, and complained about fags.
Makes you wonder what the Factory was all about.
Maybe he stopped caring about gays when they stopped think of themselves as sexual outsiders and started fighting for full human dignity?
Gay men and lesbians who think they're just as good as heterosexuals! How boring!
See also: The Andy Warhol Museums; and Walk on the Wild Side.