Sex (play)

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Date: 1927

Region: North America

Subject: Sexual/Gender Orientation, Explicit Sexuality

Medium: Theater


Artist: Mae West

Confronting Bodies: New York Police

Dates of Action: 1927

Location: New York City

Description of Artwork: Play written by and starring Mae West that deals with homosexuality and lesbianism.

The Incident: Early in 1927 the New York Police stopped the play along with two others at other theaters (The Captive, and The Virgin Man). It had been running without interruption for eleven months.

Results of Incident: "The defendants of Sex were tried and convicted. There were no appeals."

Source: The Censor Marches On, Pg.64