Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, Pride: Photographs After Stonewall has been released; an updated version of Gay Pride: Photographs from Stonewall to Today which was released for the 25th anniversary of the riots in 1994. Fred W. McDarrah’s collection of photographs and quotes taken for Village Voice, an alternative newsweekly in New York, created a documentary of the times. With this release, it shows pictures of before, during, and after the Stonewall Riots. The Stonewall Riots were pivotal not only for the LGBTQIA community in New York, but it sparked a change throughout the country, creating the first pride parades.
The photographs were inspiring to see and the quotes made are still relevant today. People were not only fighting for their rights and safety for being gay, but were also banning together to fight for women, people of color, and civil rights. They pushed for more medical research in the wake of the AIDS epidemic, they fought for their right to love, they fought for their rights to be able to just go to a bar and have a drink, they fought for their rights to love, and they fought for their rights to be seen as human. This was a powerful collection and to see the strength of the community fighting for what they believed in and fighting against discrimination was incredible. A lot of progress has been made since the Stonewall Riots in 1969, but a lot still needs to be done.