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We Are Everywhere: Reviews


Post-Pride Reading List, BAY AREA REPORTER, JULY 2, 2019

“Arriving in time for the Stonewall 50 festivities, We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation, by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown, tells stories of the LGBTQ community in words and pictures, from 1868 to the present day.”    

Queer History Uncovered: A Conversation with Matthew Riemer, L.A. REVIEW OF BOOKS, JUNE 26, 2019

“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.”  

Reading the Rainbow: A Pride Reading List, L.A. REVIEW OF BOOKS, JUNE 24, 2019

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.”  

Stonewall and before: Shedding new light on heroes of gay history, BBC, JUNE 22, 2019

“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.” 

10 new LGBTQ books to celebrate Pride month, USA TODAY, JUNE 9, 2019

1. We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation, by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown . . . 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.”  

The Queer Coffee Table: 10 L.G.B.T.Q. Books to Usher In World Pride, NEW YORK TIMES, MAY 2019

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.” 


“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.”    

This DC Couple Started a Queer-History Instagram. Now They Have Almost 400K Followers and a Book Deal, WASHINGTONIAN, MAY 8, 2019

“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.”  

A Look at the First New York City Pride Parade, NEWSWEEK, MAY 3, 2019

“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.” 

D.C. couple’s new book is spin-off of popular LGBT Instagram page, WASHINGTON BLADE, MAY 1, 2019

“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.” 

Angles on the Revolution, GAY & LESBIAN REVIEW, APR. 17, 2019

“Meticulous research accompanies indelible images depicting ferocious outrage, glorious celebration, and profound mourning, making this an essential reference for generations to come.”  


“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.”  

We Are Everywhere: Errata

We Are Everywhere: Protest, Power, and Pride in the History of Queer Liberation



Steve Zabel, whose photographs appear throughout We Are Everywhere, remains a subject of interest to the authors. At the time of publication, what we knew of Zabel was limited to the information found in the NYC LGBT Center's collection summary, available HERE. Since then, we've discovered bits and pieces of Zabel's story, the most meaningful example of which is from "Target City Hall: An AIDS Activist's Guide to New York City in 1989," written by a collective that included Mark Harrington, Sandy Katz, Zoe Leonard, Ray Navarro, Ann Northrop, and David Wojnarowicz, the dedication of which reads: This handbook is dedicated to Steve Zabel. . . . Steve Zabel's death at the end of February 1989 proves that the virus is far from the only vector of evil and violence coursing through a sick society and a sick city. [Note: Zabel was murdered.] . . . Steve was dedicated to ACT UP in the same way that he was dedicated to gay and lesbian rights and visibility and to justice on the job. Steve could be infuriating because he was so obsessive about these things. . . . Steve knew more than any human I've ever known about the New York City subway system, where he worked for the last 19 years. His mania for logistics and transportation almost single-handedly delivered the noisy ACT UP contingent to Rockville MD last October 11. . . . Steve was dedicated to ensuring that no ACT UP action went undocumented. Through thick and thin he showed up at actions whether there were two others there or two hundred others. . . . Steve was gentle and eccentric and obsessive about justice and visibility. He didn't get enough back for all he gave. And ACT UP got much more from him than it ever gave back. We owe him something incalculable. . . . This handbook is a gesture towards that end.

1. p. 23 – second photo caption should read: Michael Szymanski (right) and his mother, National March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay, and Bi Equal Rights and Liberation, Washington, D.C., Apr. 25, 1993. Photo/copyright © by Lynn Harris Ballen. Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries (Córdova collection; 2008-064).

2. p. 31 – third photo caption should read: Robert Fisch (left) and The Lady Bunny, Heritage of Pride, New York City, June 30, 1985. Photo courtesy of and copyright © Robert Fisch.

3. p. 31 – fourth photo caption should read: AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power/New York (ACT UP/NY) demonstrators (including trailblazing queer poet and artist Assotto Saint (center)) protest an appearance by then-president George H.W. Bush, New York City, July 1990. Photo/copyright © by Dona Ann McAdams.

4. p. 46 – bottom left caption should read: David Thacker (left) and Peter Reichertz (right), Gay and Lesbian Pride Day, Washington, D.C., c. 1982. Courtesy of Peter Reichertz.

5. p. 73 – second photo caption should read: From left to right: Daisy Harrison, Reed Erickson, and Michele, 1963. Photographer unknown. Courtesy of the ONE Archives at the USC Libraries (Reed L. Erickson papers; 2010-001).

6. p. 143 – first sentence of the last full paragraph should read: When the Tactical Police Force stormed Weinstein Hall on June 25, “Sylvia was nuts,” said Bob Kohler.

7. p. 181 – National Gay Rights Lobby (NGRL) should read Gay Rights National Lobby (GRNL).

8. p. 207 – second caption should read: Lead banner (held by, among others, Michiyo Cornell and Audre Lorde, fifth and eighth from left, respectively), National March on Washington for Lesbian & Gay Rights, Washington, D.C., Oct. 14, 1979. Photo by Larry Butler. Courtesy of Botts Collection of LGBT History (Butler collection).

9. p. 236 – first sentence of the first full paragraph should read: In August 1983, New Yorkers June Chan and Katherine Hall established Asian Lesbians of the East Coast (A.L.O.E.C.).

10. p. 239 – National Gay Rights Lobby should read Gay Rights National Lobby.

11. p. 249 – second caption should read: Norma Isaacs, Heritage of Pride, New York City, June 30, 1985. Photo/copyright © by Robert Fisch.

12. p. 259 – second caption should read: Eric Sawyer (center) and other ACT UP members join national gay, lesbian, and bisexual leaders during a protest at the White House, Washington, D.C., June 1, 1987. Photo by Doug Hinckle. Copyright © by the Washington Blade. 

13. p. 281 – second caption should read: Demonstrators (including Victoria L. Smith (left) and Amy Righter (right)), Women’s March, Sixth International Conference on AIDS, San Francisco, June 1990. Photo/copyright © by Rick Gerharter.

14. p. 297 – caption should read: ACT UP members, including David Mager (far left), David Robinson (second from left), and Eric Sawyer (far right), deliver the ashes of loved ones who’d died from AIDS to the White House, Washington, D.C., Oct. 11, 1992. Photo/copyright © by Allan Clear.

15. p. 321 – third caption should read: Mark Garrett (far left) and Stuart Timmons (far right) present a cake to Harry Hay (center) and John Burnside (standing) to celebrate Hay’s ninetieth birthday, San Francisco, Apr. 2002. Photo/copyright © by Rick Gerharter.