Synopses & Reviews
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.