The 1970s: The Blossoming of a Queer Enlightenment

Earlier this month the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art opened their latest exhibit, The 1970s: The Blossoming of a Queer Enlightenment.

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Davies Diana Davies, Demonstration at City Hall, 1973/2013, Digital print. Gift of Alexis Heller, ©NYPL. Collection of LeslieLohman Museum

If you have plans to visit New York City in the coming weeks or months you may want to stop by the museum at 26 Wooster Street in New York City to check out the exhibit, which opened on April 8th and runs through June 26th.

LGBT Rights, Gay Rights, Leslie Lohman Museum

Milk Harvey Milk, San Francisco Gay Parade, 1974/2009, Archival inkjet print, 8 x 10 in. © The Estate of Harvey Milk. Collection of Leslie-Lohman Museum.

The exhibit explores the vibrant and liberating decade between the Stonewall Riots from 1969 through 1980, just before we heard the first rumblings of the AIDS crisis.  The exhibition features over 115 works, including photographs, drawings and paintings made during this significant period in LGBTQ history.
The exhibit explores themes of political activism, body/self, fashion/style, and sexual freedom/expression.

One response to “The 1970s: The Blossoming of a Queer Enlightenment

  1. If G-d blesses me with life to July I’ll be 60. In 1973 I came out. Way out. I moved in with a gent – Peter.

    His sister hated both of us.
    My mom and dad were 180 degrees different and my dad without any discussion bought a one bedroom apartment in Miami where we were both attending the University of Miami so we could have a home.

    My parents both survived the Holocaust.

    My dad took Peter and myself to JC Penny and Peter and myself selected a living room suite, a bedroom suite and a kitchenette suite.

    Peter and I thought it was a loan.

    Everything was tallied up and set for delivery.

    We were told by the sales person it would be nice to tip the delivery guys.

    Being stupid I asked how much.

    The sales person said do as much as you can.

    I again asked for an amount.

    She said listen to your heart. The furniture is a gift from Danny’s dad.

    I melted.

    I asked my dad if that was true.

    Dad said to me that his first living room set was a gift right after their wedding and he was not willing to wait until people finally got the message that love is love. His words, “So, Danny boy here you go, I’ve always held you in my hands and heart – so now I share holding you in heart with Peetie.”

    My (our) mother came on scene to decorate – she missed the message that two gay guys were living there. It was so Miami Vice / Golden Girls colours (and no cheesecake! Bastards.)

    When in 1993 Peter died, dad was at my side and he fended off Peter’s familiar distractions. Mom was even more in their face.

    There is nothing like listening to a 5’3″ Polish Jewish lady read beeds.

    Her best line was, “So who exactly taught you to hate, and hate what?”



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