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We Are Everywhere: Reviews


ELLE, November 25, 2019

We Are Everywhere among “23 Inspiring LGBTQ+ Books Everyone Needs On Their Bookshelf”  


THE MANUAL, November 6, 2019 

“ . . . highlights and uplifts the trans and POC (people of color) voices that have been leading the movement since day one.”   


FORBES, August 25, 2019

We Are Everywhere named one of 

“10 Books To Help You Foster A More Diverse and Inclusive Workplace”  


ADVOCATE, July 31, 2019

“By honoring and bringing awareness to the past, Riemer and Brown hope to influence others as they shape the future.” 


L.A. REVIEW OF BOOKS, June 26, 2019

“Flipping through the pages of historians-turned-queer-sensations Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown’s opus, 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

“Probably the best coffee-table book ever created . . . ”  


USA TODAY, June 9, 2019

“ . . . carefully curated to present a fresh view of queer history.”  


NEW YORK TIMES, May 16, 2019

“ . . . an impassioned photographic tour of an ever-changing, increasingly vocal and insistently resilient LGBTQ community.” 


NEWSWEEK, May 3, 2019

“In We Are Everywhere, Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown combine exhaustive research with more than 300 meticulously curated photographs to offer a rich and sweeping photographic history of the LGBT rights movement.” 


GAY & LESBIAN REVIEW, April 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. . . . This rich compendium of images, stories, and reflections carries readers into the future of queer liberation.”   

We Are Everywhere: Errata

Note on Steve Zabel

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. 180 – first photo caption should read: Chris Johnson (right) and friend, Gay Pride, San Diego, June 28, 1975. Photographer unknown. Courtesy of Lambda Archives of San Diego (Kehoe collection).

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

9. 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).

10. 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.).

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

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

13. 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.

14. pp. 265, 267 – the date of the National March on Washington for Lesbian & Gay Rights was October 11, 1987.

15. p. 267 – third photo caption (for photo on p. 268) should read: Activist David Robinson observes as police make an arrest during ACT UP's second anniversary action, Wall Street, New York City, Mar. 28, 1989. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah. Copyright © by Getty Images and the Estate of Fred W. McDarrah.

16. 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.

17. p. 286 – first sentence on page should read: More specifically, at the beginning of the 1990s, the community faced what the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force's (NGLTF) Kevin Berrill called "the second epidemic," as incidents of queer-bashing spread "with mind-numbing spread."

18. 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.

19. 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.