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With the New York Public Library's (NYPL) release of thousands of photos, we get a glimpse at those who shaped the queer movements of the 20th century. Out of the Stonewall Riots grew the Gay Activists Alliance, an alliance of activists across multiple generations. In an attempt to preserve the movement's history, they created the International Gay Information Center (IGIC), a community based archive that operated until 1988 when it was donated to the NYPL.
One such collection from the IGIC archives, Particular Voices: Portraits of Gay and Lesbian Writers featured stunning photos by Robert Giard. Through the collection, he managed to capture a beautifully diverse representation of the queer community. From Armistead Maupin to Sapphire, each photo features a different writer whose unique voice contributed to our history.