10/13/2011 06:41 pm ET

Love In The Time Of Stonewall

In 1979, George Segal, the famous Pop artist, was commissioned to create a sculpture to commemorate New York City’s Stonewall uprising in 1969 — the seminal (although not the only) event to kick-start the gay liberation movement. The bronze sculpture, covered with a white patina, was finally unveiled in Christopher Park in Greenwich Village in 1992, after years of controversy. It depicts a life-size male couple standing a few feet away from another life-size female couple sitting on a park bench. Beth Suskin, my partner of 35 years, and I, Leslie Cohen, were the models for this sculpture. This is our love story.

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