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Gay Liberation in Photos

The Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street
The Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street

In June of 1969, a not uncommon police raid of the gay bar, the Stonewall Inn, was met with a spontaneous resistance that launched the modern Gay Liberation Movement here in Greenwich Village. Ellen Shumsky, a young photographer, joined the movement as an activist and documentarian. As an insider, she captured images of the people, the meetings, the marches, demonstrations, celebrations and the emerging community.

These images appear in the book, “Portrait of a Decade 1968-1978,” edited by Flavia Rando, Ph.D., with poetry by Fran Winant, both of who joined the movement in the “Stonewall Summer.”

photo by Ellen Shumsky

Next Tuesday, June 23, GVSHP will honor Pride Month with a free public program featuring Ellen Shumsky, Fran Winant , and Flavia Rando. They will present a slide show and talk about these exciting years. The program will be held at the Jefferson Market Library, on the corner of 6th Avenue and 10th Street from 6:45 to 8 P.M.

The program is free but reservations are required. Please call 212-475-9585 x 35, or e-mail rsvp@gvshp.org

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