My condolences to those directly touched by the attacks on 11 September 2001. I share in the pain of those cast in harm's way and the grief of those who mourn the loss of loved ones. My thoughts go out to the victims of Tuesday's tragedy and their families and friends.
September 11, 2001: Gay Victims & Heroes
Perez depicted intimate relationships between two people whether man and woman, two women and two men. The entire concept of a relationship and sentiments between two people is brought to light. In each painting there is an evident contrast between shade and light. The color red is central to his paintings and consistently symbolizes masculinity, passion and dominance.
Looking at any history textbook, one would think that never has a society praised love between men, never has a painter, a poet or a pope shared his bed and his heart with another male. Evidence of same-sex love has been either quietly suppressed, as with the Greeks and Romans, or quickly destroyed, as is still done with newly unearthed Inca and Mayan art. The result of this deception has been a needless polarization of society and untold suffering for those people who happen to fall in love with others of their own sex.
Androphile Gay History Project