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.
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.