Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2019 Logo30. This powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to learn more about the series.
Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown have brought LGBTQ history to the masses in an innovative way, spotlighting some of the plethora of captivating images taken throughout the years of the queer community’s struggle for rights and celebration of liberation and life through their Instagram account.
The couple reside in Washington, D.C. and both work as lawyers. They began their account as a passion project, searching out and then diligently researching each image, captioning the photos with as much information as they could gather. The result is a collection of eye-catching and seminal moments, snapshots into the lives of the many trailblazers who all too often go undocumented in the history books, and forgotten by the masses. Riemer and Brown’s new book, We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation, is a continuation their efforts to bring awareness about our brave forebearers in the fight for queer freedom.
“What we’ve tried to do is make queer history more accessible, more accurate, more inclusive, in order to show what we have learned over the past few years,” Riemer tells Logo. “The queer community has this big, beautiful, rich history that is more than just a few moments: Stonewall and marriage. These folks fought every single day for what we have. … We owe it to them to keep fighting and to make our own history.”
“The book is what we had hoped we had access to when we started not only our obsession with queer history, but when we were younger and just coming to terms with ourselves,” adds Brown.
Watch Logo’s full interview with Riemer and Brown below.