SEE: Jonny McGovern, Bruce Vilanch and Others Read ‘Stolen and Forbidden’ Gay Texts

Before the internet, young gay men looking for answers would often read in secret, or pilfer books and magazines out of shame. On Saturday, as a preview to the One City One Pride queer arts festival, gay men read from texts that were stolen or forbidden in their youth.

Readers included writer/actor Clint Catalyst, novelist Bernard Cooper, performer and personality Jonny McGovern, and comedy writer Bruce Vilanch. The event was organized by local poet Steven Reigns and West Hollywood Councilmember John D’Amico gave opening remarks.

Below, see photos from freelance photographer Jon Viscott.

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From left to right, Steven Reigns, Clint Catalyst, Bernard Cooper, Jonny McGovern and Bruce Vilanch.
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Bruce Vilanch.
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Bruce Vilanch reads from “Peyton Place.”
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From left to right, Steven Reigns, Clint Catalyst, Bernard Cooper and Jonny McGovern.
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Jonny McGovern reads from “Mike and the Marines.”

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Bernard Cooper.
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Clint Catalyst.
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Clint Catalyst.
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Steven Reigns.

 

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