Photos that may hurt your "religious feelings" are coming soon to Soho

The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art will display artist Gonzalo Orquin's Vatican-offending images of kissing couples in its Wooster Street windows

Digital sketch: Gonzalo Orquin, "Si, quiero"

Digital sketch: Gonzalo Orquin, "Si, quiero" Photograph: Courtesy Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art

Anyone who's read The Monster of Florence knows just how twisted and creepy the Italian legal system can be. So it's not really a surprise that the Vatican—which is not even based in Italy, technically—managed to cite laws that protect "the religious feelings of individuals" to stop a private Italian gallery from showing artist Gonzalo Orquin's (extremely tame) photos of same-sex couples kissing in baroque churches. Fortunately, New York has no such restrictions—at least not since Giuliani left office—so the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art is putting the images on display in its Wooster Street window gallery in an exhibit called "Si, quiero." From April 30 through June 24, passersby can view the over-six-feet-high photos from the street; while you're there, be sure to head inside and check out some actual racy images in the museum's current exhibit, "Stroke: From Under the Mattress to the Museum Walls."

From "Si, quiero"

From "Si, quiero" Photograph: Gonzalo Orquin

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Editor: Marley Lynch (@marleyasinbob)

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