We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation

Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown. Ten Speed, $40 (368p) ISBN 978-0-399-58181-6
From the creators of the Instagram account @lgbt_history, this illustrated history of the Queer Liberation Movement includes hundreds of photographs and archival materials collected from numerous sources. The authors trace the origins of the movement to 19th-century Europe, detailing its evolution through historical records and firsthand accounts. Taking an intersectional approach, Riemer and Brown provide perspectives from communities traditionally underrepresented in queer history—including people of color, disabled people, bisexuals, and transgender individuals. Photographs, mostly from the 1970s and ’80s, capture scenes of public protest (the National March on Washington for Lesbian & Gay Rights, 1987) and celebration (Christopher Street Liberation Day, 1979), along with quieter moments of camaraderie and intimacy (friends and couples embracing during and after various gay pride marches). The Stonewall Riots are presented as a pivotal event, yet the authors also bring to light the efforts of lesser-known organizers and grassroots groups such as Transexual Menace, formed in 1993. With power and insight, Riemer and Brown visit the dark era of the AIDS crisis, moving onward to the Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling in support of same-sex marriage. This rich compendium of images, stories, and reflections carries readers into the future of queer liberation. (May)
Reviewed on : 03/18/2019
Release date: 05/07/2019
Genre: Nonfiction
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