But the watchmen
are about the city.
If they find us together, they’ll smote us.
Wound upon wound my dove, my beloved
they’ll take you from me.
I charge you, O daughters of the revolution,
when you find the Patriarch,
tell him I am sick of his laws.
---from Song of Charon
This Top Secret Defense of Marriage Dossier, dedicated to John Ashcroft
and J. Edgar Hoover, explores the boundary between private and public.
In this work, images of gay and lesbian couples (and singles-who-are-looking),
are exposed to public scrutiny. Taken out of the proverbial closet despite
the prevailing government mandate “Don’t ask, don’t
tell”, such private images cross over into the very public realm
of sexual politics. At a point in history when even heterosexual top
secret intelligence agents become “fair game” for exposure,
it is up to ordinary queer folk to step forward to reaffirm the inalienable
right to choose how and with whom to pursue happiness---in private and