Thursday, August 5, 2010

We've Come So Very Far

Now that Prop 8 in California has been struck down, it seems to me that now is a good opportunity to take a brief look back at how far LGBTs have come.

Drag Ball at Webster Hall, New York, 1920s

Advertisement from Broadway Brevities, 1929

Pioneering gay rights advocate Magnus Hirschfeld (wearing glasses seated on the right) with friends, Berlin, 1920s

The library of Hirschfeld's Institute for Sexual Research after a Nazi raid, 1933

Erwin Schimitzek, a store clerk from Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland), arrested for homosexuality and deported to Auschwitz. He died in 1942 at age 23.

Trannies under arrest in New York, 1962

Graffiti on the Stonewall Bar, New York, 1969

One of the few photographs of the Stonewall Riots, New York, 1969. The young man in the striped shirt and blond hair on the left appears again in the photo below. He went by the street name of Jackie Hormona.

Gay Liberation march in Times Square, New York, 1969

AIDS death

An ACT-UP protest, 1990.

Chaz Howard, a bashing victim from North Carolina

The consecration of Gene Robinson as the first openly gay and partnered bishop in the Episcopal Church, 2003

Lt. Dan Choi (left) protesting the military ban on gays and lesbians, 2010.

A California marriage clerk's office, 2008

I'm amazed. There's so much that has happened that I never expected to see.


JCF said...

Per usual, in the Black Church there's a saying:

"We ain't what we ought to be, we ain't what we gonna be, but---Praise De Lawd!---we ain't what we wuz."

[As in, we "wuz" shame-ridden Closet Cases---and we all were, if ever so briefly (and some of us, a LOT longer)---but now, "We Say It Loud: We're Gay and We're Proud!" Now, just have to find Ms Right... ;-)]

June Butler said...

A fine set of pictures, Doug, although some are quite sad.