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These are the powerful pictures that made Pride history

These are the powerful pictures that made Pride history

A couple from Washington, DC, who had been previously married in Toronto, reacts to the news that DOMA was struck down, 26 June 2013.

Fifty years after the Stonewall riots, The New York Times has opened its photo archives to share the pictures that made history with the world.

That night that radically impacted the LGBTI community unfolds through exclusive content in new book Pride: Fifty Years Of Parades And Protests. But it’s not only about Stonewall: Pride condenses half a century of LGBTI fights and victories printed on coated paper.

Published today (21 May), this book defies the short-lived nature of newspaper copies, celebrating those moments on a longer-lasting medium.

Cover of NYT Pride book
Photo: © 2019 The New York Times

Pride, whose cover is simply effective rainbow flag across a blue sky, contains pictures and articles on the milestones the LGBTI community has reached ever since that night in NYC.

That night that started it all

A woman at NYC Pride.
New York, 26 June 2016. | Photo: © 2019 The New York Times

The police raid at the Stonewall Inn — a bar in Greenwich Village known as a safe haven for queer and trans people — violent demonstrations and protests broke out in response. The Stonewall riots, as they would come to be known, are still a symbol of the modern LGBTI rights revolution.

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the uprising that violently and defiantly sparked the conversation about LGBTI rights. To celebrate, The New York Times has chosen 350 photographs from its archives to create a historic collection.

The book includes an introduction by NYT journalist Adam Nagourney, while former editor David Kaufman introduces the five chapters.

Five decades of LGBTI moving, tragic, beautiful moments

As NYC hosts World Pride this year, the book looks back to Christopher Street Liberation Day.

A protester lies down in front of City Hall, New York, 28 MArch 1989.
A protester lies down in front of City Hall, New York, 28 March 1989. | Photo: © 2019 The New York Times

The rallies during the AIDS crisis, the Supreme Court’s historic ruling in favor of same-sex marriage in 2015 and the tragic aftermath of the Pulse nightclub shooting are also among the historic moments pictured in the book, to name but a few.

Take an exclusive look at some of the most compelling pictures in the book below.

Dancers at Pride in New York in 1991.
New York, 30 June 1991. |
Photo: © 2019 The New York Times
Supreme Court Judge Noach Dear protests against the gay rights bill, 18 March 1986.
Supreme Court Judge Noach Dear protests against the gay rights bill, 18 March 1986. | Photo: © 2019 The New York Times
In front of #575 Castro Street, people gather to pay homage to Harvey Milk and George Moscone, who were gunned down at the spot eighteen years earlier, San Francisco, 27 November 1996.
In front of #575 Castro Street, people gather to pay homage to Harvey Milk and George Moscone, who were gunned down at the spot eighteen years earlier, San Francisco, 27 November 1996. | Photo: © 2019 The New York Times
Police officers in uniform at Pride in 2006.
New York, 25 June 2006. | Photo: © 2019 The New York Times
National Equality March in Washington, DC, 12 October 2009.
National Equality March in Washington, DC, 12 October 2009. | Photo: © 2019 The New York Times

PRIDE: Fifty Years of Parades and Protests from the Photo Archives of the New York Times (Abrams Image, £17.99/$22.85/€20.50)

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