“Pride: Fifty Years of Parades and Protests from the Photo Archives of the New York Times” by The New York Times— How It Was

The New York Times. “Pride: Fifty Years of Parades and Protests from the Photo Archives of the New York Times”, Abrams Image, 2019.

How It Was

Amos Lassen

Because it is the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, I figured that there would be many new books being published and that’s a good thing. It all means that now we are truly accepted in the world of publishing since every major publishing house has at least one LGBTQ book  coming out.

Looking back, we remember that it all began on June 28, when the police raided the Stonewall Inn—a bar in the Greenwich Village neighborhood, known as a safe haven for gay men. It did not take long before violent demonstrations and protests broke out in response. The Stonewall Riots, as they would come to be known, were the first spark in the wildfire that would become the LGBTQ rights revolution. Fifty years later, the LGBTQ community and its supporters come together every June to commemorate this historic event.

Here, collected for the first time by “The New York Times”, is a powerful visual history of five decades of parades and protests of the LGBTQ rights movement. The photos are paired with descriptions of major events from each decade as well as selected reporting from “The Times” showcase the victories, setbacks, and ongoing struggles for the LGBTQ community. That last line is so important— “the ongoing struggles”. Remember that none of us are truly free until all of us are truly free.

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