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Sunday, April 1, 2012

For Your Eyes, Bi-Butterfly

As I said in a previous post, when The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art put out their call for submissions for their exhibit "UNCENSORED: Queer Art and the Church", I took as a chance to finally draw my submission "Bi-Butterfly" after it had been in my head for years. Well, as they say "kill 2 birds with 1 stone", I also took submitting "Bi-Butterfly" as a way to "flip the birds to 2 faces with 1 flip".

For while the purpose of the "UNCENSORED" exhibit was to "flip the bird" to the hypocrisy of church members for trying to censor gay art, I used "UNCENSORED" to also flip the bird to gays that take issue with the reality of bisexuality.

The fact is there are many gays living miserable lives by way of always having a chip on their shoulders because their hetero-phobic mindset propagating a war of "Gay vs. Straight" or vice versa. So in their eyes, bisexuals like myself are looked upon as soldiers who refuse to pick a side, or as one guy trying to court me some years ago put it, "a gay trying to hold on to the straight world". Hence why unbeknownst to him, I called him a "loser", and never called him again, nor did I answer his calls to me. But I am not trying to be a soldier in this "war". For there is a war of "Closeted Gay vs. Out Gays" (paging Rick Santorum). However, the "Gays vs. Straight" war or vice versa is only in the cold hearts of drama-seeking gays.

Because of this imagined war, I knew that art pieces depicting bisexuality would be few and far between. So I knew my piece would stand out, not only because of the colors, which encompass those of the bisexual flag. But also because of the message that it sends out that bisexuality is just as beautiful an orientation as being totally straight or totally gay.

Since the exhibit ended Sunday, April 1st, I decided to unveil it here for those of you who have read the previous post mentioning it, but for whatever reason were unable to see it at the Leslie-Lohman Annex.
Compared to the models I used for the physiques in this drawing, I think I did quite well in copying them.

So now, you can add "Artist" to my list of talents.

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