September 11, 2013 at 6:20 pm EDT | by Phil Reese
Drag exhibit forced to remove photos
Legendary Children, photo, gay news, Washington Blade, drag, drag queen, Atlanta

A photo exhibit showing Atlanta’s local drag performers has been edited after complaints from a business sharing the gallery’s space. (Photo by Jon Dean; used with permission)

ATLANTA — A gallery’s photo exhibit showing Atlanta’s local drag performers in various states of undress has been edited after complaints from businesses sharing the gallery’s space.

According to LGBT newspaper, GA Voice, various pieces in the “Legendary Children” exhibit at Gallery 1526 have been moved, or partially covered by gallery owner and curator, Melanie Bell, upon the request of Dov Jacobson, managing director of, which shares the art gallery’s space.

In a series of emails exchanged with Jacobson that Bell shared with the Voice, the game tester repeatedly called parts of the exhibit “porn,” and asked for the pieces — which are visible in the hallways throughout the building — to be moved or covered, requests which Bell reluctantly complied with. In replies, Bell chastised Jacobson for using obscene language to describe the exhibit, and defended the artistic value of the series.

Jon Dean, whose photography was featured in the exhibit, implied the requests to take down drag queen photos while not complaining about photos and paintings of nude women, belies a double standard.


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