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Pride 1977 and Other Shenanigans


Meryl Meisler

In the late seventies, public school teacher and photographer Meryl Meisler moved to New York City where she attended her first Gay Pride March. Though she took copious photos, for some reason, the young lesbian developed the film but did nothing with the pictures. Until now.

“In 1977, Anita Bryant, an orange juice–promoting beauty queen, launched a campaign called “Save Our Children” to repeal a Florida ordinance that prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. That really pissed me off, leading me to boycott orange juice and go to my first NYC Pride March, camera in hand. I developed the film and put it in binders, but never looked at it again for 42 years.”

Meryl Meisler

Inspired by her experience photographing the pride parade, Meisler became one of the great chroniclers of the 1970s and 1980s gay club scene. Her vintage photographs look beyond the disco slickness for which the period was known, turning a wonderfully-realistic eye on the underlying sadness and intensity of the era.

You can see all of Meryl Meisler’s wonderful photography on her website and on Instagram. And I recommend you read Meisler’s article for Vice Magazine.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

2 thoughts on “Pride 1977 and Other Shenanigans

  1. That photograph of Marsha P Johnson should become iconic. It’s an incredibly striking portrait. I love the story of this being a rediscovered trove of images. It’s like stumbling across buried treasure. I am going to hit up all those links once I make myself a mug of tea.

    PS The photo of the packed Star Wars party makes me feel all sorts of itchy. I clearly need way more time in which to transition out of pandemic isolation.


  2. Yes, there were some interesting pictures. Hal


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