BAY AREA REPORTER, JULY 2, 2019
Further perusal: Post-Pride Reading List
“Arriving in time for the Stonewall 50 festivities, We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation (Ten Speed Press), by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown, tells stories of the LGBTQ community in words and pictures, from 1868 to the present day.”
HUFFINGTON POST, JUNE 29, 2019
Tyler Oakley Explains 50 Years of LGBTQ History In Under 7 Minutes
“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.”
L.A. REVIEW OF BOOKS, JUNE 26, 2019
Queer History Uncovered: A Conversation with Matthew Riemer
“Flipping through the pages of historians-turned-queer-sensations Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown’s opus, We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation, one can’t help but feel chills. Covering a broad historical timeline, the book offers a pictorial and written history of queer life from the mid-1800s to the mid-1990s, sparing the stories that mainstream media and academia have thoroughly canonized and consumed in order to illuminate those stories that have remained buried in the archives, shielded from the public eye.”
L.A. REVIEW OF BOOKS, JUNE 24, 2019
Reading the Rainbow: A Pride Reading List
“We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation by Leighton Brown and Matthew Riemer — Probably the best coffee-table book ever created, the folks behind @lgbt_history recently released this physical volume of photographs, art, interviews, and historical text about LGBTQIA+ civil rights history.”
BBC, JUNE 22, 2019
Stonewall and before: Shedding new light on heroes of gay history
“A new book explores the history of the LGBT liberation movement and places a spotlight on its heroes.
“As the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots approaches, its authors say it's more important than ever that those who fought for gay rights are remembered.”
OUT, JUNE 10, 2019
Instagram Launches Huge Murals Honoring New York’s Queer History
“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.”
ADWEEK, JUNE 10, 2019
Instagram Marks Pride Month With Several Initiatives Inside and Outside the App
“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.”
USA TODAY, JUNE 9, 2019
10 new LGBTQ books to celebrate Pride month
“1. We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation, by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown (Ten Speed Press, nonfiction)
“What it’s about: This large and artful illustrated history of the Queer Liberation Movement comes from the creators of the Instagram account @lgbt_history. Hundreds of photographs and archival materials have been carefully curated to present a fresh view of queer history.”
NEW YORK TIMES, MAY 2019
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, 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.”
WNYC, "ALL OF IT WITH ALISON STEWART," MAY 31, 2019
“Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown join us to discuss their new book, We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation. The book is an expansion on their popular Instagram page, @lgbt_history.”
WASHINGTONIAN, MAY 8, 2019
This DC Couple Started a Queer-History Instagram. Now They Have Almost 400K Followers and a Book Deal.
“Hearing these activists talk about people we didn’t know anything about, events that we never heard of—we felt really isolated and sad and angry because this mattered and we felt it, but we didn’t have any clue what was going on.” That moment eventually led the couple to write the book they wished they’d had when they were younger. Titled We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation, it’s a thoughtfully curated collection of images and words that seeks to capture a woefully undertold story.”
NEWSWEEK, MAY 3, 2019
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.”
WASHINGTON BLADE, MAY 1, 2019
D.C. couple’s new book is spin-off of popular LGBT Instagram page
“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.”
PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, MARCH 2019
“. . . 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.”
"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