We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation

Riemer, Matthew & . Ten Speed: Crown. May 2019. 368p. photos. notes. index. ISBN 9780399581816. $40; ebk. ISBN 9780399581823. PHOTOG
Published in time for the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots, here is both a photo book and a thoroughly researched, readable text covering the history of the LGBT movement in the United States through the 20th century. For coauthors Riemer and Brown (founders of the Webby Award-nominated Instagram account @lgbt_history), showing images of LGBT life and struggle is crucial. In their words, "queer history is about the fight to be, and the celebration of, being seen." The authors have thought carefully about using archival photos accurately and sensitively, as they discuss in detail. The title succeeds at portraying the movement for LGBT rights as one that persevered and disagreed but also flourished and achieved victories for civil and human rights. Overall, this title does a fine job of documenting the unique experiences of people of color within the LGBT community. Similarly, it conveys how working-class LGBT people expressed themselves politically. As there's so much focus on activism, the unguarded photos of social life, relaxation, and enjoyment particularly stand out.
VERDICT Will engage both serious students of the LGBT movement and those who appreciate simply browsing the photos, which are by turns fierce, joyful, spirited, determined, and celebratory.
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