I remember seeing a performance about Oscar Wilde; his treatment in the hands of the British authorities; and then is flight to refuge in Europe.
These two leaders helped set in motion our journey toward having our own place in the great table of society.
Here I put them at the table of Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper along with the others whom were marginalized by their respective mainstream societies.
To the left of Harvey Milk and Oscar Wilde, you will see Abraham Lincoln among two men who represent several men who I saw many times during gay pride marches during the 1970's and later.
There is speculation on line that Abraham Lincoln may have been gay or at least bisexual. We will never know for sure. However, it is well known that he was a fearless leader in many roles, among them the abolishment of slavery.
I put Abraham at The Last Suppoer's table along with some of society's outcasts to symbolize the no matter what position society puts you in, we all belong at this great table.
The the right of Abraham Lincoln and behind Harvery Milk and Oscar Wilde, is a man who represents several men I have had relationships with during my time in San Francisco in 1978.
The facial expression represents my one and only partner, Arthur Rosenau, who died of cancer in 1981.
The long hair and jewelry represent two men I remember engaged in sex in the balcony of the Strand Theater in San Francisco on several occasions. I did not dare get too close to them; but I watched from a distance.
However, even though I was not aware of any eye contact between them and myself, I felt that there was a connection between myself and them.
They, along with myself, were clearly outcasts from 1970's society, even in San Francisco.
Here, my manifistation of Arthur and those two men occupy a prominent place at Leonardo Da Vinci's Last Supper.
This glass engraving is the 2nd one I did. The first on had some mistakes in it. One of the characteristics of glass engraving is that you cannot 'erase' or 'white out' a mistake.
The broken chip in the corner of the glass panel was the result of placing this array of engravings on top of another piece of glass. I chose to leave this panel as is to symbolize the chipped and flawed society that surrounded us during that era.