Just in time for Pride month, photographer/chronicler Leo Herrera has released “The Fortune Teller,” a fantastical visual accounting of the past 50-plus years of gay history, from raids and riots to AIDS and activism to Chris Crocker and Lohanthony.
“I grew up an illegal Mexican immigrant in Republican Arizona, as far from “gay” as possible. Yet, the challenges and hopes I’ve faced as a gay man are the same as all of my peers across the world, as if homosexuality transcends culture, geography and race. Homophobia is the same in New York City as it is in Russia, HIV and its stigma are as devastating in the South as they are in San Francisco, our sexual freedom is as reviled in America as in Uganda…and yet we are all moving forward on a global scale: our contributions to nightlife and the arts are as pronounced in Berlin as they are in Provincetown, the legalization of our unions is spanning continents, the unmistakable softness of our gestures transcends language. I don’t know if these universal similarities make “Gay” a culture, a race or a shared experience. What I do know is that they stir a deep pride in me that is almost religious.”
How many of the images do you recognize?