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>A (Butt) Pirate’s Life For Me

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>While it is not permitted to be gay in the navy (or army or marines for that matter), Paul Cadmus painted this 1934 painting called “This Fleets In!” that highlights the joys of seamen and semen, the fun part of navy life that doesn’t involve murdering others. At the time it was censored (over 70 years ago, and yet I can hardly believe we’ve changed a bit!), but it now sits proudly at the Washington Navy Yard’s Navy Art Gallery. I wonder if our fair leader Mr. Obama has seen the work?

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May 26, 2009 at 8:44 pm

>We were queer

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>Carl Van Vechten’s work has been canonized as a record of the Harlem Renaissance and cultural life of the 1930’s and 1940’s, but what I realize is that his work accomplishes quite another, important goal: putting on photograph, as proof, that gay people were here, and have given much to the world, in case anybody would like to forget (here’s looking at you, California):