Becoming Visible: An Illustrated History of Lesbian and Gay Life in Twentieth-century America

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Penguin Studio, 1998 - Social Science - 282 pages
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The first pictorial gay and lesbian history -- from underground to activist -- in one stunning and authoritative volume

The New York Public Library's groundbreaking 1994 "Becoming Visible" exhibit was the largest and most extensive display of lesbian and gay history ever mounted in a museum or gallery space. Now, the curators have expanded it, pairing an authoritative text with more than 300 compelling photographs, documents, and artifacts, many never-before published, from the library's collection and others, to create what is sure to be the standard popular reference on the subject.

Becoming Visible traces a one-hundred-year history of same-sex social worlds and political life in America: from the extensive gay worlds that took shape in city streets, bars, and tenements in the late nineteenth century through a national coming out during World War II; the repression of the McCarthy era to the liberating forces of the 1969 Stonewall Riots and the gay liberation and lesbian feminist movements; the AIDS crisis, renewed activism in the 1990s, and much more. In text and images, this book celebrates gay and lesbian heritage and illuminates long-invisible worlds and a vital piece of American history.

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An extraordinary record and recounting of Gay life in the U.S. A summation of the LGBT sector's rich and hard-to-find history, that makes for completely fascinating reading and ongoing reference.

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Beautiful! The photography is amazing and the history is great. Read full review

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Molly McGarry is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Riverside, coauthor of "Becoming Visible: An Illustrated History of Lesbian and Gay Life in Twentieth-Century America, " and coeditor of "A Companion to LGBT/Q Studies.

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