There appears to be a natural affinity between samesex desire and architecture. Throughout the ages, gay men and women have made places for themselves whose elaborate articulation stood in contrast to their more functional surroundings. To a certain extent, this ability came from the simple fact that they had to. Living in societies in which the expression of their most body-based social relations was usually taboo, gay men and women had to come up with ways of representing themselves in and to the world through everyday objects and spaces. Architecture allowed them to make a home for themselves in a hostile world. It also allowed them to erect within that domain a place that fixed in physical form the artifices through which they acted out their self-constructed personae.