Love and Resistance: Out of the Closet Into the Stonewall Era
A ragtag group of women protesting behind a police line in the rain. A face in a crowd holding a sign that says, "Hi Mom, Guess What!" at a gay rights rally. Two lovers kissing under a tree. These indelible images are among the thousands housed in the New York Public Library's archive of photographs of 1960s and '70s LGBTQ history from photojournalists Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies. Lahusen is a pioneering photojournalist who captured pivotal moments in the LGBTQ civil rights movement. Davies, in turn, is one of the most important photojournalists who documented gay, lesbian, and trans liberation, as well as civil rights, feminist, and antiwar movements.
This powerful collection--which captures the energy, humor, and humanity of the groundbreaking protests that surrounded the Stonewall Riots--celebrates the diversity of this rights movement, both in the subjects of the photos and by presenting Lahusen and Davies' distinctive work and perspectives in conversation with each other. A preface, captions, and part introductions from curator Jason Baumann provide illuminating historical context. And an introduction from Roxane Gay, best-selling author of Hunger, speaks to the continued importance of these iconic photos of resistance.
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Haunting and arresting...A literary celebration commemorating the 50-year anniversary of the epic Stonewall riots, the book is elegiac yet also provides a reflective and hopeful reminder for future generations that change and promise can arise from struggle and sacrifice.
The photos movingly present the various colorful personalities and groups, the marches, the protests, the parties, and the pride and passion of these pioneers of the LGBTQ rights community.
This collection provides important archival visuals to a still-underreported slice of history.
Nearly every photograph brims with stories deserving their own book, thus making this volume but a rich beginning.
If you're curious about what that first march looked like in 1970, or the names and faces of the earliest activists who got us from there to here, there is no better place to start...Superb.--Charles Kaiser