Orgins of the Gay Rights Movement

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Orgins of the Gay Rights Movement

$300

The 1950's witnessed the emergence of homosexual community organizing, represented in this panel by the first gay/ lesbian publications and social change organizations. As police enter the closet to repress the homosexual community through violence and entrapment, women forming the first lesbian rights organization, the “Daughters of Bilitis,” meet in a kitchen and mimeograph copies of their newsletter, “The Ladder,” copies of which float out of the closet above the heads of the police. In a gay bar, solitary men sit in front of mirrors, cautiously glancing at one another, fearing entrapment by vice officers. Each wears a mask at the back of his head symbolizing the false front to society gays had to assume to avoid persecution. In the mirror, the men see themselves as they wish they could be‑warm, affectionate, caring.

This is a Giclee print of an original drawings for the Great wall of LA.