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Love and Resistance: Out of the Closet into the Stonewall Era

Roxane Gay Jason Baumann Kay Tobin Lahusen Diana Davies



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01 May 2019
Photographic reportage; History; History of the Americas; Postwar 20th century history, from c 1945 to c 2000; Gay & Lesbian studies; Demonstrations & protest movements
A ragtag group of women behind a police line in the rain. A face in a crowd holding a sign that says, Hi Mom, Guess What! at an LGBT rights rally. Two lovers kissing under a tree. These indelible images are among the hundreds housed in the New York Public Library's archive of photographs of LGBT history from photojournalists Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies.

This powerful collection-which captures the energy, humor, and humanity of the groundbreaking protests that surrounded the Stonewall Riots-celebrates the diversity of the LGBT 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 best-selling author Roxane Gay speaks to the continued importance of these iconic photos of resistance.
By:   Roxane Gay, Jason Baumann, Kay Tobin Lahusen, Diana Davies
Imprint:   Norton
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 244mm,  Width: 193mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   705g
ISBN:   9781324002062
ISBN 10:   1324002069
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   01 May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Jason Baumann coordinates the New York Public Library's LGBT Initiative, for which he has curated multiple exhibitions, including one on the photography of Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies and their historical context. He lives in New York City.

Reviews for Love and Resistance: Out of the Closet into the Stonewall Era

These beautiful photographs and the text that accompanies them provide a dynamic window into the birth of the modern gay rights movement. They enliven the uncommonly courageous men and women who refused to accept the disparaging labels of their time. For those of us lucky enough to live in more accepting times, this is crucial history. But it is also a record of the fact that these people, in among their gestures of nobility, were fun and funny and lively and romantic; in short it shows, as nothing has before, the touching, vulnerable humanity of the people who remade our society.--Andrew Solomon, author of Far from the Tree 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.

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