[Review]. Becoming Visible.

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
James V. Carmichael, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: In a community for which social masks always have possessed special ritualistic value (hence, "camp"), and for which personal subterfuge often has been synonymous with survival, only complete nakedness-physical, emotional, and symbolic-can denote visibility. The aptly titled exhibit "Becoming Visible: The Legacy of Stonewall" held at the New York Public Library (NYPL) from June 18 through September 1994 to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of the legendary Stonewall Riots onJune 28,1969, provided the occasion for not a little bit of ill-natured grumbling from area lesbigay curators, writers, and activists, not least of all from ethnic minorities who felt disfranchised in the "mainstream" gay movement-pace Latino lesbians- but also from librarians to whom NYPL's sudden self-representation as the major regional repository of lesbigay special collections seemed opportunistic. Yes, bickering and infighting constitute a part of the Stonewall legacy, too, one that the lesbigay community may eventually bare without shame, since such divisions characterize every major social movement of our time, including the Civil Rights and Women's movements-precursors, to some extent, of the modern lesbigay rights movement. The introduction to the present volume corrects any remaining impression of ingratitude to the many institutions and individuals who made the exhibit possible, although there will always be people who resent New York city's preeminence in the gay movement-second only to San Francisco-and NYPL's recent ascendancy as a lesbigay research repository: no good deed goes unpunished.

Additional Information

The Library Quarterly 70 (January): 121-22.
Language: English
Date: 2000
Gay and lesbian, Twentieth century, Social visibility, Book review

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