The Gay Rub is a project devoted to collecting rubbings from GLBTQ historical markers, signs, tombstones, cenotaphs, plaques, and monuments.


The Gay Rub: A Documentary


The Gay Rub is now the subject of an exciting and innovative documentary. Check out the trailer and learn more about Michael J. Saul’s film here.

Looking For More Rubs

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The Gay Rub is an international, crowd-sourced, curative experience. We are actively seeking rubbings from around the world to include in our historic collection.

About Steven

Steven Reigns

Steven Reigns

Steven is a nationally recognized poet, teacher and LGBTQ activist, as well as the founder and curator of The Gay Rub.