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PRIDE in PRINT Exhibition on View

  • Dates: June 5, 2024 - June 28, 2024
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
  • Time: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Overview

    Like many historically significant events of the 1960s, the police raid 55 years ago at the Stonewall Inn in New York City on June 28, 1969, and the three days of violence that followed, was a tipping point in the recognition of LGBTQ+ communities across the state and a signal to unite, organize, and vocalize.

    When photos of police brutality appeared on the front pages of mainstream newspapers over the next several days, the movement suddenly had recognizability and the attention of the public. Of course, the watered-down narratives that accompanied the powerful images did little to change the general public’s embedded biases of LGBTQ+ communities.The truth was found on the front lines of the uprising over those three days and in the voices of the LGBTQ+ community. 

    We could not as gay liberationists get word out that we even existed. So the only way that we could have the power of the press was to create the press ourselves and to have our own press. 

    - Karla Jay, pioneer LGBTQ+ activist, original member of the Gay Liberation Front

    Activists like the Gay Liberation Front seized the moment to take back their story - not to ask for tolerance and acceptance but to demand equality and celebrate diversity. Within months, there was an explosion of small press LGBTQ+ pamphlets and newsletters across the state from New York City to Buffalo doing just that.

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