Top Ten Gay and Away: America’s Gayest Monuments
Wherever your travels take you, there are always plenty of noteworthy monuments to get your gay-pride juices flowing! Every city has a different flavor of gayness that comes across in its statues, buildings, and famous photo-opp destinations. These are some of our favorites of America's Gayest Monuments.
The Gateway Arch
The Gateway Arch is the highlight of the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, built as a monument to the westward expansion of the United States. Because it is the tallest monument in the country as well as the cornerstone of the city’s foundation, The Gateway Arch is a highlight of Gay St. Louis that is not to be missed! St. Louis has a great Midwest gay scene, so start enjoying this Missourian city by checking out its Gateway Arch.
The Andy Monument
New York City
The Andy Monument is a figurative sculpture of Andy Warhol that towers above Union Square, right across from the building where his factory was located. Andy’s figure is seven feet tall, cast in concrete, and covered in chrome to reflect the world changing around it. Andy Warhol embodies the New York spirit and the American dream made glitzy and glamorous! In his sculpture, he even holds a Bloomingdales shopping bag! Boy knows where to shop.
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The Military Instruction statue is stationed directly across from the White House, which adds some homoerotic undertones to the country’s Capitol! Gays in the military have been a hot topic recently, and this sculpture definitely emphasizes that homosexuality has been in all facets of society for ages. By the looks of it, these boys might be fans of S & M- these sharp blades and breezy garb leave little to the imagination.
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Something every gay tourist should know is that Chicago is the place to see six foot wide panties wrapped around the metal buttocks of a 26-foot-tall statue of the one and only Norma Jean. The Forever Marilyn statue pays homage to the notorious scene from the movie The Seven-Year Itch, undies and all. Although this monument to an American legend is housed in one of Chicago’s most public and visible spaces- ironically enough!!- it is only residing here through the end of Spring so see it before it gets the runs (excuse the pun!) and heads to a new city.
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The Washington Monument is America’s most famous phallic symb- I mean, obelisk. Towering above the national Mall in the nation’s capitol, this decadent monument is the world’s tallest stone structure as well as the world’s tallest obelisk. Unfortunately, the monument underwent some damage during the Virginia earthquake so it is closed to the public until the safety level is assessed. With that said, it can still be viewed from the outside and is definitely a highlight of the capitol city!
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Legend has it that women who spend the night at Molokai’s Phallic Rock will get pregnant, although as we all know this phallic symbol from nature also appeals to nature lovers of the homosexual variety! This rock supposedly marks the fertile grounds of a god, and the beautiful forest that surrounds it only adds to its spiritual ambiance. Be sure to look out for other genitalia-inspired rocks and carvings nearby to get even more of an erotica fix!
Wizard of Oz Rainbow
Culver City’s Sony Studios is home to, most explicitly, the gayest monument in the country. Literally: a rainbow, colors and all. Originally installed to connect the studio’s present and past, this rainbow combines the spirit of the Wizard of Oz from which the rainbows inspiration was drawn with the spirit of the Los Angeles gays, many of whom work in show biz as well! Although it wasn’t supposed to be a specifically gay monument, nothing related to rainbows can go without being connoted as queer, especially in this West Coast LGBT destination hotspot!
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Officially titled “Cloud Gate”, this monument is better known as “The Bean”. The beautiful sculpture is located in Chicago’s Millennium Park and is impressively made up of 168 stainless steel plates. Inspired by liquid mercury, the surface of the sculpture distorts the city’s skyline in a pleasing and awe-inspiring way. Its fun-house-like reflection is a great place to get some goofy vacation pics. If you ask us, it even looks like something out of Tiffany’s catalogue- and what could be gayer than that!
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Statue of Liberty
Okay, okay… the Statue of Liberty isn’t THAT gay. It is a notorious American monument though and is a keystone element of any visit to the Big Apple. This statue was a gift from the French to the United States, and represents freedom through its inscription of the Declaration of Independence. In a contemporary sense, this emphasis on freedom can by translated to the freedom and equality of LGBT individuals. Let Lady Liberty remind us that freedom is a universal and timeless cause.
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Welcome to Las Vegas Sign
The Welcome to Las Vegas Sign has been a highlight of the Las Vegas strip for decades. It has become an iconic symbol of the City of Sin, and has even been moved to various different locations around this sizzling gay travel destination. It currently resides near the Mandalay Bay Resort, so be sure to catch a glimpse of this notorious neon sign while making your rounds on the Strip!
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