His work featured an array of subjects, including celebrity portraits, male and female nudes , self-portraits and still-life images of flowers. The homoeroticism of this work fuelled a national debate over the public funding of controversial artwork. He had three brothers and two sisters. Mapplethorpe took his first photographs in the late s or early s using a Polaroid camera. In , he met art curator Sam Wagstaff , who would become his mentor, lover,  patron, and lifetime companion. During this time, he became friends with New Orleans artist George Dureau , whose work had such a profound impact on Mapplethorpe that he restaged many of Dureau's early photographs.
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A Victim of the Anti-Gay Purge in Chechnya Is Speaking Out | Time
For black and queer boys, the policing of masculinity is ever-present. It comes in short fits of outrage: Take it like a man! Don't act like a faggot! Don't act like no punk ass bitch! Nigga, that's gay! To protect your spirit, desire, and body, you feel you have to mimic the masculinity of black men on TV and in the streets; less Michael Jackson, more DMX. But whenever you slip up, the critiques come back.
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In case you needed a reminder, love between lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people exists everywhere. While stories surrounding the struggle for LGBT visibility and rights tends to focus on more urban areas or metropolises, gay people are everywhere. This stunning photo series from photographer Brian Powers is a reminder of that, elevating the lives and love of a gay couple named Benjamin and Brandon. I knew that the best way to share their love with the world, was to strip down their relationship to the truest form.