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Gay Goings-on at the National Portrait Gallery

      ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING PLACES in the world to learn about the gay past is the National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in London. Almost every gallery contains someone famous and/or fascinating who (in our terms) fell somewhere on the GLBT spectrum. This was especially clear a couple of years ago, when the […]

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A New York Century on Exhibit

  Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York Museum of the City of New York October 7, 2016 – February 26, 2017   From left, Lois Weaver, Peggy Shaw, and Deb Margolin performing as Split Britches in Upwardly Mobile Home, photo by Eva Weiss LAID OUT in two galleries on two floors of the […]

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Celebrating New York’s Avant-Garde, 1910-1993

  WHAT AUTHOR-CURATOR Donald Albrecht has admirably set out to document is how the gay and lesbian avant-garde of 20th-century New York worked and played together, sometimes sexually, and often as mentors and collaborators. Gay Gotham—and the exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York—explores the lives and peer networks of seven gay […]

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Much More Than a “Penis Tour” of Ancient Greece

ABOUT HALFWAY THROUGH Andrew Lear’s wonderful, recently completed tour of “Gay Greece,” the guys on the trip started calling it the “Penis Tour” due to the large number of nude male statues that had passed before our eyes. As luck would have it, an article by Prof. Lear had just been published in which Andrew […]

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Paris is a Great Gay City

  Paris is of course one of the world’s greatest cities– above all, one of its great cultural cities with literature, art, architecture, fashion, cuisine and so on and so forth– but I think Americans easily forget how great a gay city it is as well.  They don’t call it ‘Gay Paris’ for nothing! Among […]

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The Gay Side

  When Oscar Wilde Tours designs gay history tours, we always try to show people the gay side of famous places.  We do for instance “gay secrets” tours of Westminster Abbey, the Louvre, and the Vatican.  But we also try to take people to some places that are important in gay history and that they might […]

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Heroes Tour: A Tribute

For the past year, artist Doug Meyer has created fifty portraits of creative people who died of AIDS and AIDS-related causes in the 1980s and ’90s. For his Heroes Tour: A Tribute, Meyer explained that “I wanted to create something to introduce a younger audience to an entire generation of true innovators that laid the groundwork […]

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Shady Ladies

People often ask how I went from doing gay secrets tours to shady ladies. How did a gay historian get interested in the history of female prostitution? First of all, a gay historian works on the history of sexuality, so the history of heterosexuality is not very far away from his topic, intellectually speaking. But it has much […]

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Gay History All Over the World

  This week brought Oscar Wilde Tours a big honor: we won the Travvy silver award for best LGBT tour operator. Pretty amazing, when you think that we are just starting our second season! I think and hope it means that people in the travel industry find our concept exciting—gay travel focusing on gay history […]

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Antinous, the Gay God

OSCAR WILDE TOURS is in the middle of our gay history and art tour of Italy, and one thing we’re exploring is the extraordinary relationship between Hadrian, Emperor of Rome (AD 117–138) and his kept boy Antinous. Like the ancient Greeks, the Romans considered adolescent boys a natural object of attraction for an adult man, […]

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