Pride Month is a time for celebration, but it also serves as an opportunity to remember where we came from: The Instagram account LGBT History provides a daily history lesson with vintage photos from Pride marches, Gay Games, Studio 54, and more.
"WE ARE YOUR CHILDREN," Gay & Lesbian Freedom Day, San Francisco, June 25, 1978. Photo by William S. Tom, @onearchives. . In 1977 and 1978, as Anita Bryant's "Save Our Children" campaign worked to repeal equal rights ordinances on the premise that children needed protection from LGBTQs, activists across the country answered: "We are your children." #lgbthistory #HavePrideInHistory #Resist #SFPride2017 #Pride2017 #FridayVibezzz
Partners Leighton Brown and Matthew Riemer said they started the account to share the pictures they felt a connection to and learn more about queer culture from the past, but as they gained followers and received grateful emails from viewers, they quickly realized there’s a real lack of resources for LGBT history.
“Every queer person in every picture from every parade, protest, photo booth, house party, disco, picnic, AIDS ward, stage, jail cell, bar and everywhere else has a story,” Brown, an attorney in D.C. told Mashable. “And too few of them are known… That’s why we started @lgbt_history.”
Scroll through the gallery below to understand our history, and follow the account to get some Pride in your feed every day.
Vito Russo & Larry Kramer, New York City, June 24, 1990. Photo by Michael Abramson. . "On Gay Pride Day 1990," twenty-seven years ago today, Benjamin Shepard writes, "under the balcony of Larry Kramer's apartment, where the iconic queer activist Vito Russo sat that day, five months before he succumbed to the virus, members of ACT UP cheered, 'We Love You Vito!' Politics, friendship, and homosexuality were intimately enmeshed in the life and activism of Vito Russo." #lgbthistory #HavePrideInHistory #Resist #Pride2017 #NYCPride2017 #NeverAgain #NeverForget
AIDS Vigil, The Pier, New York City, June 27, 1993. Photo © Philip Jones Griffiths. . There are hundreds of thousands of queer people who should be here to see what they helped build. In their absence, caused by government neglect, greed, and hatred, we all have an obligation to carry the fight forward. . The AIDS crisis is not over. Please follow and support organizations on the front lines of the ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS; organizations like @blackaids, @greaterthanaids, @aplahealth, @aidsfoundationchicago, @gmhc, @pozmagazine, and @visual_aids. #lgbthistory #HavePrideInHistory #Resist #NYCPride2017 #Pride2017 #NeverForget #NeverAgain
"GAY PRIDE WEEK '84–JUNE 1-10–UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA-LAS VEGAS," Will Collins, founder of the Gay Academic Union at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, June 1, 1984. Photo c/o outhistory.org. After a successful first annual Gay Pride Week in 1983, Las Vegas' second Pride Week was even bigger in scale. The large, outdoor rally on June 2 was financed by local activist Will Collins (pictured) with money he had intended to use as a down payment on a new house. Years later, Collins gained some notoriety performing as "The World's Greatest Liberace Impersonator." #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #lgbtpride #queerhistorymatters #haveprideinhistory
Harvey Milk (May 22, 1930 – November 27, 1978) celebrates his forty-eighth, and final, birthday with friends (l-to-r Doug Perry, Harvey, Eric Garber, and Cleve Jones, @realclevejones), The Elephant Walk Bar, San Francisco, California, May 22, 1978. Photo by Rink Foto. Harvey Milk would turn eighty-six today. #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #lgbtpride #queerhistorymatters #haveprideinhistory
"STOP ATTACKS ON LESBIANS & GAY MEN — CARRY A WHISTLE," National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights, Washington, D.C., October 14, 1979. Photo by Joel Rinne & Earl Colvin. On May 17, 2005, after a year-long campaign, events around the world marked the first International Day Against Homophobia. The day, held each May 17, is of particular importance in Europe and Latin America. Today, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia serves to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public, and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people around the world. #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #lgbtpride #queerhistorymatters #haveprideinhistory #idahobit
Dolly Parton and Keith Haring, 1985. Photo by Andy Warhol. Keith Haring (May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990), whose imagery is recognized as a visual language of the freedom fights of the late twentieth century, would turn fifty-eight today. His art, activism, collaborations with artists from Andy Warhol to Grace Jones to Jean-Michel Basquiat to Madonna, and his work with countless LGBT leaders left an indelible mark on modern art and the queer revolution. Keith Haring died of AIDS-related illness on February 16, 1990; he was thirty-one. #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #lgbtpride #keithharing #toosoongone #dollyparton #andywarhol
"GAY'S THE WORD" float, Gay Pride, London, June 30, 1979. Gay's The Word, founded in 1979, is the only specifically LGBT bookstore in the United Kingdom, and the shop has always served as a gathering place for London's LGBT community. Perhaps most notably, Gay's The Word was headquarters for the Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners group in 1984-1985, as memorialized in the 2014 film "Pride." The Gay's The Word contingent, and the float pictured here, led London's 1979 Gay Pride Parade. #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #lgbtpride #gaystheword
Gay Pride Rally, Copley Square, Boston, Massachusetts, June 21, 1977. Photo by Spencer Grant. Boston's 1977 Pride celebrations ended with a rally on Boston Common at which Professor Charley Shively decried institutionalized homophobia and the rise of Anita Bryant by burning his Harvard doctoral degree, a one-dollar bill, a copy of Massachusetts' three-hundred year-old anti-sodomy law, and, finally, a copy of the King James Bible. #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #gay #bi #lesbian #trans #pride #charleyshively
Attendees, Reno Gay Rodeo, Reno, Nevada, August 1, 1982. Photo by Bob Sorensen, gayrodeohistory.org. The first Gay Rodeo, held in Reno in October 1976, was a fundraising event for local senior citizens, and approximately one hundred and seventy-five people, including attendees, took part. By 1984, the event drew over 10,000 people; the International Gay Rodeo Association was formed the following year. Annual events continue to present day, with the 2016 Finals Rodeo set to take place in Las Vegas. #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #gay #bi #trans #lesbian #rodeo #pride #bobsorensen #gayrodeo #gaycowboys #fridayvibez
"Whatever happened to gay lib? It Went Disco" pinback, c. 1980. #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #gay #bi #lesbian #trans #pride #lgbtbuttons Whether or not the Instagram apocalypse is nigh, @lgbt_history encourages people to follow @dustyrebel @ethanjamesgreen @gabriel_held @h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y @madisonlgbtq @mr_gazoline @nyplpicturecollection @onearchives @otherwild @theunsungheroines @tstrudwick @whitingwhatnow, and to support @antibullyingpro @blackaids @californiahistoricalsociety @glaad @gladlaw @gmhc @greaterthanaids @heartoflosangeles @itgetsbetter @lambdalegal @least_we_forget @trevorproject @visual_aids. #supportyourlocalIGaccounts #toomanytotag
Harvey Milk (right), Tom O'Horgan (middle), unknown (left), New York City, 1965. Photo by Jack Galen McKinley. Harvey Milk's New York City social circle included a number of gay men who would go on to become legends in their own right. Three years after this picture was taken, for example, Tom O'Horgan would make his Broadway directorial debut with "Hair," the groundbreaking musical that ushered in a new era in musical theater. O'Horgan also directed the original Broadway productions of "Lenny" and "Jesus Christ Superstar." O'Horgan died in January 2009 at the age of eighty-four. #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #gay #bi #lesbian #trans #pride #tomohorgan #harveymilk #hair #lenny #jesuschristsuperstar #gayancestors #harveymilkinshortsandshades #spring #saturday #mood
"Gay Power" balloon, Christopher Street Liberation Day Gay-In, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, June 28, 1970. @h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y @otherwild. To mark the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, San Francisco's Hair Faeries organized the Christopher Street Liberation Day Gay-In. For San Francisco's first Pride celebration, approximately twenty people marched from Aquatic Park to City Hall and an estimated two hundred people attended the Gay-In at Golden Gate Park; the police made several arrests. #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #gay #bi #lesbian #trans #pride #gaypower #saturdaynight
Members of the Blue Max Motorcycle Club, Los Angeles, c. 1970. @onearchives. Motorcycle clubs provided an alternative to L.A.'s gay bars, where police often harassed and arrested patrons. #lgbthistory #lgbtpride #motorcycleclub #gay #lesbian #bi #trans #pride #leather #allsmiles #bluemax #moustache #geraldo #mood
Dancers in front of DJ booth, The Crisco Disco, New York City, c. 1978. The Crisco Disco was an after-hours club at the corner of 10th Avenue and 15th Street in Manhattan; much of the club's decor, including the enormous DJ booth (pictured), was based on the Crisco can logo. Although the club attracted a diverse crowd – from the leather bars to the Studio 54 lot – one frequent patron remembered that everyone was always "drugged out of their mind, completely drug fucked. No one ever got to go home with anyone because they were just out of it." #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #gay #bi #trans #lesbian #disco #pride #criscodisco #drugfucked #weekend
"Georgia Sodomy Law Sucks!", demonstration after the Supreme Court upheld Georgia's anti-sodomy law in Bowers v. Hardwick, Richard B. Russell Federal Building, Atlanta, Georgia, July 3, 1986. Photo by John Spink, @ajcnews. On February 19, 2016, the Georgia Senate passed HB-757, the First Amendment Defense Act, a "bill to protect religious freedoms…so as to provide that religious officials shall not be required to perform marriage ceremonies in violation of their legal right to free exercise of religion." HB-757 would, among other things, allow religiously affiliated groups to refuse to "rent, lease, or otherwise grant permission for property to be used by another person for an event which is objectionable to such religious organization." On March 2, 2016, activists and advocates urged Georgia Governor Deal to veto HB-757 and delivered the signatures of over 75,000 people who support the veto. HB-757 is one of over 100 anti-equality bills introduced in twenty-nine state legislatures for consideration during the 2016 sessions. #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #gay #bi #trans #lesbian #proequality #nofreedomtohate #pride #notanotherbowers #itshappeningagain #speakout #hb757 #keepgeorgiaqueer