American photographer Diana Davies was one of the leading photojournalists of the gay lib movement during the 1960s and ’70s.
Her work covers an astonishing range of LGBT history, from early protests by the Gay Liberation Front to dances at the Gay Activists Alliance Firehouse. They were published in leading publications: The New York Times, Life, Time, and The Village Voice.
Many of her images are archived at the New York Public Library’s Digital Collections, which consists of black and white photographic prints. (Davies’ full collection at the library are on view here.)
The remarkable LGBT collections at the New York Public Library have at least 100,000 volumes and over 300 archival collections of LGBT historical content, including letters, manuscripts, photographs, posters, and other items.
We pulled a few color slides and negatives taken by the masterful Davies highlight to celebrate our rich past during LGBT History Month.
Gay Liberation Front March on Times Square, 1969
Gay People March for Rights, 1970
Gay “Be-In”, Sheep Meadow, Central Park, New York June 28, 1970
Gay rights demonstration, Albany, New York, 1971
Christopher Street Liberation Day, June 20, 1971
Dance at the Gay Activist Alliance Firehouse, 1971
Sylvia Ray Rivera, Marsha P. Johnson, Barbara Deming and Kady Vandeurs at City Hall Rally for Gay Rights
Craig Rodwell and Mei-Mei Sanford at the Oscar Wilde Bookstore, 1969
Gay Liberation Front Pickets Time, Inc., 1970