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The Gay Rub is a project devoted to collecting rubbings from GLBTQ historical markers, signs, tombstones, cenotaphs, plaques, and monuments.
By gathering GLBTQ rubbings from across the globe, these public historic commemorations can be viewed at once. GLBT history and landmarks are underrepresented and under appreciated. The Gay Rub’s aim is to help draw more attention to the markers and the GLBT significance that prompted them.
What does Gay Rub mean?
Rub as a verb can mean to upset someone “Rub someone the wrong way.” It can also mean truth “That’s the rub” or social friction “He got a lot of rub for that.” It’s also slang for sexual activity. Most importantly, it is an abbreviation for the word rubbing. All meanings apply in this situation. GLBT people have caused social friction and others find our lifestyle upsetting. The Gay Rub collection will be an assembling of our gay truth and the rubbings that come from it.
February 2 – 23, 2014
ONE Archives Gallery & Museum
626 North Robertson Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069
Opening reception: Saturday, February, 1, 2014, 6-9pm
Submissions are being sought for rubbings of GLBT historical markers, signs, tombstones, cenotaphs, plaques, and monuments from around the world.