We had always been in the picture, but in the post-Stonewall era, unabashedly so.
Our passion for loving was seen as killing us, although it saved us, liberating our desires and solidifying our emotional bonds by the time AIDS arrived.
Header Image (in chronological order): Fred McDarrah/Getty Images, Celebration After Riots Outside Stonewall Inn, Nelly (Betsy Mae Koolo), Chris (Drag Queen Chris), Roger Davis, Michelle and Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt, June 1969. Courtesy of Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York. Diana Davies, Untitled (Marsha P. Johnson hands out flyers for support of gay students at N.Y.U.), c. 1970. © The New York Public Library/Art Resource, NY. Gay Liberation Front, Come Out, 1970. © 1987 The Peter Hujar Archive LLC. Courtesy of Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. Diana Davies, Gay Rights Demonstrations, Albany, NY, 1971. © The New York Public Library. Hal Fischer, Signifiers for a Male Response, from the series "Gay Semiotics," 1977/2014. Courtesy of the artist. David Armstrong, George in the Water, Provincetown, 1977. © The Estate of David Armstrong. Shelley Seccombe, Pier 52, 1978. Courtesy of the artist. JEB (Joan E. Biren), Gloria and Charmaine, 1979/2016. Courtesy of the artist. Tseng Kwong Chi, Art After Midnight, New York, 1985. © Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc. Lyle Ashton Harris, Americas, 1987–1988/2007. Courtesy of the artist, Salon 94, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum/Art Resource, NY. Silence = Death Project, Silence = Death, 1987. Courtesy of Avram Finkelstein. Lola Flash, AIDS Quilt, 1987. Courtesy of the artist. Catherine Opie, Raven (gun), 1989. © Catherine Opie. Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehman Maupin, New York and Hong Kong. Gran Fury, Riot, 1989. Courtesy of Carpenter Center for Visual Arts/Harvard Art Museum. Tuesday Smillie, S.T.A.R., 2012. © Tuesday Smillie. Courtesy of the artist. Elektra KB, Protest Sign II, 2017. © Elektra KB. Courtesy of the artist. David Antonio Cruz, runlittlewhitegirl, portrait of the girls, 2016/2017. © David Antonio Cruz. Photo by Anthony Alvarez. Courtesy of the artist. Sasha Wortzel, We Have Always Been on Fire, 2018. © Sasha Wortzel. Courtesy of the artist. Kiyan Williams, Reflections, 2017. © Kiyan Williams. Courtesy of the artist.