Riots at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village revolutionized the lives of gay New Yorkers, paving the way for people to come out and be proud. But in the years before the 1969 riots, secrecy shaped the lives of many people in the LGBT community.
The nuances of that time and place are documented in the new exhibition, "Hooray for Gay: Pre-Stonewall Images from the Collection of Harry Weintraub," at the Boo-Hooray gallery, 265 Canal St., in Manhattan. The exhibition, presented with Cornell University Library, runs March 30 through April 8, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.
The exhibition includes one-of-a-kind items from the Weintraub collection, such as romantic photographs of male couples, pornography from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, erotic images of military men, vintage physique magazines, photographs of drag queens and applications from men seeking jobs as porn models. It also features interesting items on "criminality" related to gay men, such as notices of runaway boys and mug shots for so-called "gay crimes."
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