“Shouldn’t the way a sex scene is written, or isn’t written, depend on the aesthetic effects that a novelist is aiming for? After all, if the choice were determined instead by a stereotype that the mainstream has of gay identity, the novelist wouldn’t be functioning as an artist. He would be functioning as a minstrel, acting out a caricature in order to entertain and, perhaps more important, to reassure his mainstream audience.”
Above: Castro Street, 1980. Photograph by Paul Fusco/Magnum.