We Were Here: Images of Queer Herstory Pioneers

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We Were Here: Images of Queer Herstory Pioneers

CharlotteCushman and MatildaHays (1850s)

Charlotte Cushman and Matilda Hays (1850s)

Edmonia Lewis

Edmonia Lewis, American-born artist who spent much of her time in the lesbian community in Rome (1880s)

Victorian Lesbian Couple in the 1890s

Victorian Couple in the 1890s

Young lesbian couple seated in a garden — Powerhouse Museum Collection

Young lesbian couple seated in a garden — Powerhouse Museum Collection

Queer couples in 1910

Queer couples in 1910

Ladies in top hats and suits in 1920s

Gentlewomen in top hats and suits in 1920s

Anna Moor and Elsie Dale

Anna Moor and Elsie Dale (1900)

American Blues Singer, Gladys Bentley with band leader (1930)

American Blues Singer, Gladys Bentley with band leader (1930)

Author Kathryn Hulme and Marie Louise Habets (1956)

Author Kathryn Hulme and Marie Louise Habets (1956)

Two women kissing and embracing

 

Chez Moune Nightclub

Chez Moune Lesbian Nightclub in Paris (1960s)

Interracial couple embracing at New York Gay Pride (June 27, 1971) —  © JP Laffont/Sygma/CORBIS

Interracial couple embracing at New York Gay Pride (June 27, 1971) — © JP Laffont/Sygma/CORBIS

1970 couple at protest

1970 couple at protest

Jewelle Gomez & Audre Lorde — Photo by ©Greta Schiller

Jewelle Gomez & Audre Lorde — Photo by ©Greta Schiller

Lavender Menace in New York (1970)

Lavender Menace in New York (1970)

 

Marianna Romo Carmona and June Chan

Marianna Romo Carmona and June Chan — Photo by Robert Giard, NYPL

Germantown couple in 1977

Germantown couple in 1977

Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer, who later played a major role in the repeal of DOMA

Edie Windsor and Thea Spyer, who later played a major role in the repeal of DOMA

 

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