" . . . 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. . . . 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."
“The book isn’t just about a few moments where we have had some clear advancement with respect to the larger society,” Brown says. “It’s about all the good and bad that got us to that advancement and the setbacks in between."
"A Look at the First New York City Pride Parade"
In We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation, Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown, the creators and curators of the groundbreaking Instagram account @lgbt_history, combine exhaustive research with more than 300 meticulously curated photographs to offer a rich and sweeping photographic history of the LGBT rights movement.
In the excerpt below, they recount the first New York City Pride march, which then was called the Christopher Street Liberation Day March.
"The Queer Coffee Table: 10 L.G.B.T.Q. Books to Usher In World Pride"
“We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation (Ten Speed Press, $40), the tallest of the titles, ironically began as a pocket-sized project: the Instagram account @lgbt_history. Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown, the creators of the 400,000-strong account and the book’s co-authors, were compelled to immerse themselves and their readership in a legacy that eludes many of today’s Millennials and Generation Z-ers. In print, this translates to an impassioned photographic tour of an ever-changing, increasingly vocal and insistently resilient L.G.B.T.Q. community and culture, from 19th-century ideology to contemporary conversations around intersectionality.”
"Being denied queer history is a fundamental part of queer persecution; dominant cultures work very hard to diminish the importance of our lives and our stories."
"Our community has only progressed because of those who have refused to assimilate, those who have refused to back down, those who understand that the rights of gays mean nothing nothing without the rights of lesbians, and the rights of gays and lesbians mean nothing without the rights of bisexuals, and none of it means anything without the rights of our siblings in the trans and gender nonconforming communities."
16 Lesbian, Bisexual and Queer Instagram Accounts to Introduce You to Our Herstory
“The problem is that there seems to be a one-sided discussion going on about who gets to decide what content is ‘acceptable’ and there plainly are gaps in the process that have to be fixed,” Riemer and Brown wrote. “If ‘I Want a President’ is subject to censorship by trolls, then so too is our entire account. Queer history is offensive to the dominant culture; the mechanisms that Instagram has put in place to ‘protect’ us are being used to erase us when we don’t stay within the bounds of ‘respectability.’”
The account is a vital documentation of queer activism's rich history, showing the struggle, resilience, and pride of LGBTQ people. Through seeing and learning the roots of queer resistance, Riemer and Brown want to inspire followers to become active in equality movements today.
“Queer history is just sitting out there in albums, shoe boxes, attics, garages, and other nooks and crannies; we need to make sure we capture it.”
“Every queer person in every picture . . . has a story. And too few of them are known.”
Photo series shows powerful connection between generations of LGBTQ activists, Mashable, May 2017
8 Queer History & Culture Instagrams To Follow Right Now, Refinery29, Mar. 2018
A Visual History of NYC Pride in 10 Landmark Images, W Magazine, June 2018
The forgotten milestones: Instagram account spotlights key moments in LGBT history, educating more than 271,000 followers on the most pivotal times in the fight for queer rights, Daily Mail, Sept. 2018