Religious Tongue

Provocative Photo Exhibit Showing Gays Kissing In Italian Churches Coming To NYC

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New York City will be saying “hola” to “Si Quiero,” as the controversial photo exhibit will be displayed at SoHo’s Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art starting on April 30th.

Created by Spanish artist Gonzalo Orquin, “Si Quiero” is a collection of photographs of couples of various sexual orientations kissing inside of Catholic churches in Rome.

The Vatican was outraged, galleries exhibiting the photos were vandalized and Orquin was even threatened with legal action from The Vatican.

Who knew kissing could be so incendiary?

The Lohman Museum is well known in NYC for displaying edgy and thought-provoking gay art (we once saw an exhibition of photos and video from Christopher St. Pier in the ’70s with all kinds of activities going on), and Museum Director Hunter O’Hanian says they’re welcoming “Si Quiero” with open arms:

“These were very beautiful, simple portraits of same-sex couples in a space that they held sacred and important to them. I hope visitors leave with a wonderful feeling of compassion and humanity.”

“Si Quiero” will be displayed at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art from April 30 – June 24.

If you’ve never been, it’s one of the coolest spots in the city and we hear it’s a great place to take a date.