Press

Tyler Oakley Explains 50 Years of LGBTQ History In Under 7 Minutes 


HUFFINGTON POST, JUNE 29, 2019


“Oakley teamed up with authors Leighton Brown and Matthew Riemer for “What Happened After Stonewall: The First Pride March,” which looks back on 50 years of the LGBTQ rights movement beginning with the 1969 Stonewall uprising.”   

Meet the Logo30: LGBTQ History Instagram


LOGOTV, JUNE 29, 2019


“Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown authored the book We Are Everywhere, continuing their mission to share seminal moments in queer history.”  

Instagram Launches Huge Murals Honoring New York’s Queer History


OUT, JUNE 10, 2019


“We hope that our work … always serves as just one step on a long path toward understanding how queer history can inform the queer present and shape a liberated future,” Riemer told Out. “We hope the walls illustrate just how much we all have left to learn about and from our queer foreparents.  Marsha and Sylvia’s impact is constant, and it must always be a living, breathing, radical, militant, disruptive, queer force. We cannot forget that those we deify in death were the most marginalized in life.”


The campaign, as well as the work of Riemer and Brown, reminds us that there is so much undocumented history of queer and trans people that long preceded the Stonewall Riots. “The riots didn’t start at Stonewall and the riots never ended,” Riemer said. “There is so much work to be done. Yes, the queer community has much to celebrate, all of which we’ve earned — the dominant culture hasn’t given us anything, and we have no obligation to thank them or make our spaces more palatable to their tastes. The struggle continues and none of us have the right to be apathetic.”


Instagram Marks Pride Month With Several Initiatives Inside and Outside the App


ADWEEK, JUNE 10, 2019


“The Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network teamed up with @lgbt_history—an account created by Washington, D.C.-based attorney Leighton Brown and former attorney and current writer and lecturer Matthew Riemer, authors of We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation—on #UntoldPride.


“#UntoldPride is a series of 10 large-scale installations that will appear in New York throughout June, spotlighting historic LGBTQ+ pioneers, places and movements that paved the way for today’s queer community—such as GAA, S.T.A.R, Christopher Street Pier and Lesbian Herstory Archives—joined by portraits of LGBTQ+ locals shot by emerging photographer Nicolas Bloise.” 

This Queer History Instagram Is Teaching LGBTQ+ People What We Didn’t Learn in School 


THEM, SEPT. 2018


“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.”

The Historians


OUT100, November 2017


“Washington, D.C., couple Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown are shedding much-needed light on [queer history] with their absolutely essential @lgbt_history Instagram account, which shares addictive, fascinating, and inspiring archival photographs and engaging anecdotes.” 

Amidst women’s marches and one year of Trump, Zoe Leonard’s blunt, anti-establishment anthem displayed publicly in Old Goucher


BALTIMORE BEAT, FEB. 2018


“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.’”  

LGBT History on Instagram


WESTWOOD, JUNE 2017


“Do you remember learning about the LGBT community in your grade school classes? We don’t. The marginalized community’s history has been long overlooked, but @lgbt_history wants to change that. The Instagram account’s founders, Leighton Brown and Matthew Riemer, are two D.C.-based lawyers who are proving that social media can be a powerful tool for spreading knowledge and positivity. On the occasion of Pride LA, we reached out to the curators to hear about the importance of taking pride in history.”