The Emergence of Gay Liberation Explored in Exhibition at The New York Public Library


artwork: Diana Davies - Gay Liberation Front marches on Times Square, 1969. NYPL, Manuscripts and Archives Division, Diana Davies Papers.

NEW YORK, NY.- June 28, 2009 will mark the 40th
anniversary of the historic Stonewall Riots that occurred in Greenwich Village,
New York. Many cite the riots as the birth of the Gay Rights Movement in the
United States.
From June 1969 until June 1970, gays and lesbians in New
York City radicalized in an unprecedented way founding several activist groups
that created a new vision for Gay Liberation. The exhibition 1969: The Year of
Gay Liberation charts the emergence and evolution of this new vision from the
Stonewall Riots to the first LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) pride
march on Christopher Street in June 1970. All of the materials for this
exhibition were drawn from the LGBT collection in the Manuscripts and Archives
Division of The New York Public Library.