July 27, 1969, organizing the first mass rally for gay rights on Washington Square.
STAR (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries), June 24, 1973.
Marsha P Johnson, co-founder of STAR
Gender fluid since 1975.
Act-Up demonstrating at New York’s City Hall for AIDS housing, March 28, 1989.
NYC Pride march, 1991.
The Washington Monument with the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, 1992.
Sergeant Leonard Matlovich's gravestone, seen here on April 25, 1993.
Eric von Schmetterling representing disability activist organization ADAPT, 1993.
Outside the Stonewall Inn, Friday night, June 27, the night the riots started.
No Rainbows, Just Pride
Friday, 5th July 2019
It’s London Pride this weekend and although this year’s 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots makes it an extra special celebration we should be aware of how much Pride has changed over the last 50 years and not allow rainbow capitalism to eclipse the radical history of queerness.
These photographs are just a handful from the hundreds of photographs taken by the late Fred W. McDarrah over the course of 25 years. McDarrah photographed every NYC Pride parade for two and a half decades following the Stonewall riots. As photographer for the Village Voice, he was the only journalist who reported on the riots on the nights of the 27th – 29th June 1969. The following month, on 27th July, a rally in support of gay rights was organised, fewer than two hundred openly gay people turned up. As a direct outcome of Stonewall and the organising that followed, gay pride marches were held in 1970 in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Fifty years later Pride is celebrated in thousands of cities across the world.
A happy Pride to you all, from Zed HQ in London. x