Pride 2019

PHOTOS: This incredible Pride exhibition explores the birth of the modern LGBTQ rights movement

Get thee to a library! But not just any library.

To commemorate World Pride, taking place in New York City on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in late June, the New York Public Libray has curated a stunning exhibition exploring the early fight for LGBTQ rights.

The exhibit features the photographs of Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies—”pioneering photojournalists who captured the pivotal events of this era and changed the ways LGBTQ people perceived themselves”–along with items from the Library’s “vast archival holdings in LGBTQ history.”

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Via the Library:

The Stonewall Riots were a flash point in LGBTQ history. After the riots that took place at the Stonewall Inn in June 1969, the LGBTQ civil rights movement went from handfuls of pioneering activists to a national movement mobilizing thousands.

Preview some of Lahusen and Davies’ powerful photos below, and head here for more info:

Here’s curator Jason Baumann with a behind-the-scenes look at the exhibition:

Head here for more info.