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‘Hide/Seek’: Immediately relevant

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Today on his must-read blog Towleroad, Andy Towle features the stories of two lesbian students who were banned from wearing tuxedos in their high school yearbook photos. One of the students joined with the ACLU in suing her school district, and the other required school board intervention before her yearbook photo was allowed.

The stories are an up-to-the-minute reminder that the representation of gays and lesbians in America isn’t just a historical question but a present-day story. As the National Portrait Gallery’s ongoing exhibition “Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture,” reminds us, women (particularly lesbians) have long presented themselves inĀ  men’s clothing so as to both establish queerness and to assert for themselves the privileges society has reserved for heterosexual white men.

From the exhibition and from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, here’s Romaine Brooks’ Una, Lady Troubridge (1924).

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