We are everywhere Protest, power, and pride in the history of Queer Liberation

Matthew Riemer, 1982-

Book - 2019

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California : Ten Speed Press [2019]
First edition
Physical Description
367 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 31 cm
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Main Author
Matthew Riemer, 1982- (author)
Other Authors
Leighton Brown, 1978- (author)
  • Introduction: Seeing queer history
  • A century of subtle attack, 1867-1968
  • Freaking fag revolutionaries, 1968-1973
  • Sissy, the closet done burned down! 1973-1979
  • Fighting for our lives, 1980-1994
  • Conclusion: Until next time.
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

From the creators of the Instagram account @lgbt_history, this illustrated history of the Queer Liberation Movement includes hundreds of photographs and archival materials collected from numerous sources. The authors trace the origins of the movement to 19th-century Europe, detailing its evolution through historical records and firsthand accounts. Taking an intersectional approach, Riemer and Brown provide perspectives from communities traditionally underrepresented in queer history—including people of color, disabled people, bisexuals, and transgender individuals. Photographs, mostly from the 1970s and '80s, capture scenes of public protest (the National March on Washington for Lesbian & Gay Rights, 1987) and celebration (Christopher Street Liberation Day, 1979), along with quieter moments of camaraderie and intimacy (friends and couples embracing during and after various gay pride marches). The Stonewall Riots are presented as a pivotal event, yet the authors also bring to light the efforts of lesser-known organizers and grassroots groups such as Transexual Menace, formed in 1993. With power and insight, Riemer and Brown visit the dark era of the AIDS crisis, moving onward to the Supreme Court's 2015 ruling in support of same-sex marriage. This rich compendium of images, stories, and reflections carries readers into the future of queer liberation. (May) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, this essential and empowering introduction to the history of queer liberation traces queer activism from its roots in late-19th-century Europe to the gender warriors leading the charge today.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Have pride in history. A rich and sweeping photographic history of the Queer Liberation Movement, from the creators and curators of the massively popular Instagram account LGBT History. “If you think the fight for justice and equality only began in the streets outside Stonewall, with brave patrons of a bar fighting back, you need to read We Are Everywhere right now.”—Anderson CooperThrough the lenses of protest, power, and pride, We Are Everywhere is an essential and empowering introduction to the history of the fight for queer liberation. Combining exhaustively researched narrative with meticulously curated photographs, the book traces queer activism from its roots in late-nineteenth-century Europe—long before the pivotal Stonewall Riots of 1969—to the gender warriors leading the charge today.Featuring more than 300 images from more than seventy photographers and twenty archives, this inclusive and intersectional book enables us to truly see queer history unlike anything before, with glimpses of activism in the decades preceding and following Stonewall, family life, marches, protests, celebrations, mourning, and Pride. By challenging many of the assumptions that dominate mainstream LGBTQ+ history, We Are Everywhere shows readers how they can—and must—honor the queer past in order to shape our liberated future.