Seeing is believing: How an LGBTQ movement was built

The World Today Published 2 June 2023 Updated 1 June 2023 1 minute READ

In the last three decades of the 20th century, the LGBTQ community came out of the shadows and into focus, a liberation aided and captured by photography. ‘Images on which to build, 1970s-1990s’ is an exhibition divided into six sections at the Leslie-Lohman Museum, in New York City, emphasizing how pictures helped educate the world. ‘One of the greatest successes of the trans and queer liberation movement has been the visual assertion that trans and queer folk exist,’ says curator Ariel Goldberg. What shines out from these images, originally circulated in slideshows, magazines, exhibitions and grassroots archives, is that ‘collective learning generates power,’ writes Goldberg. The exhibition runs until July 30.

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