Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Marching for Gay Rights in NYC: Historic photo

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | December 27, 2010 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Gay Icons and History, Living, Living, Politics
Tags: Gay Liberation, gay male history, gay rights, gay rights movement, LGBT history, Stonewall

This photo was taken in Greenwich Village, NY, ca. 1970, shortly after the Stonewall riot. A beautiful blast from the past. Check out all the hippie-chic facial hair and raggy jeans. Also love seeing the tot in the stroller being pushed by a proud papa. Always moving to see images of these early brave activists who paved the way for us.

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Nice picture. You forgot to mention the car. I think its a 1964 beetle but can't be positive.

What I most appreciate about this pic is that it evokes an era where gay men were not preoccupied with the superficiality and insecurity wrapped up in muscles or tatoos and the like. The shirtless men in this picture have skinny arms, skinny legs, etc.. Remember guys? We judged a prospective partner by by his eyes, or perhaps something more natural like the cleft in his chin, or the way he laughed. The only bulge we were concerned with was perhaps the bulge in his pants - and you can't manufacture that in a gym :)

I would date the photo around 1972 or 1973. That's certainly Doug Ireland bringing up the rear in the march. I'm not sure I can identify any of the others -- but it sure reminds me of the good old days!