“Pride: The LGBTQ+ Rights Movement: A Photographic Journey” by Christopher Measom— A History in Photographs

Measom, Christopher. “Pride: The LGBTQ+ Rights Movement: A Photographic Journey”, Sterling, 2019.

A History in Photographs

Amos Lassen

“Pride: The LGBTQ+ Rights Movement: A Photographic Journey” is a lavishly illustrated book commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. It takes us on an inspiring photographic journey through the LGBTQ+ Pride movement over the last century. It is an in-depth visual tribute to the LGBTQ+ pride movement. We start in the bohemian subculture of post–World War I American cities, move on to the influence of World War II and the relocation of millions of people to single-sex barracks and factories thus encouraging a freedom and anonymity that helped spark the formation of gay communities after the war. We next visit the repressive ’50s and the two important rights organizations, the Mattachine Society and the Daughters of Bilitis which ultimately  led to the rebellions of the 1960s and the Stonewall Uprising of June 1969. We explore the devastating results of the AIDS crisis and its impact on gay culture and the fight to bring awareness to the disease. In the section on the present day, we have coverage of the struggles for equality in marriage, the military, and beyond as well as the push for gender rights. Illustrated with more than 120 photos, posters, artworks, ads, and memorabilia including profiles of Christine Jorgensen, Marsha P. Johnson, Harry Hay, and Stormé DeLarverie; excerpts from key news reports; speeches by leading activists and political figures including Harvey Milk, Urvashi Vaid, and Barack Obama; and passages from important dramatic, musical, and literary works such as Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, this book pays homage to a historic movement and its achievements and hurdles.

This is a stirring history of the LGBTQ Pride movement that explores how historical events and the cultural zeitgeists helped to shape the LGBTQ experience before the Stonewall uprising. The book is organized by era, from the sexually liberated 1920s to the repressive culture of the 1950s through the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. We see how generations have sustained the Pride movement.”

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