The Stonewall Riots And The Lgbt Rights Movement Into Motion Essay

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The history of LGBTQ+ Rights is, as any other civil rights movement, is a complex one. For decades these marginalized people have fought for their basic human rights not only to get married, but also to be protected in the workplace and use the restrooms in which they feel comfortable. Throughout much of history, they have been dehumanized and referred to as sexual deviants. The Stonewall Riots put the LGBTQ+ Rights Movement into motion. The photo being analyzed today was taken one year later on June 28, 1970, at what is now known as the first ever Gay Pride Parade. The photo is owned by gettyimages, though the watermark suggests that it belongs to a man named Fred W. McDarrah. The photo depicts an unnamed lesbian holding a sign which says “I am a lesbian and I am beautiful” in all capital letters. This paper will analyze both the literal and symbolic meanings behind the photo, as well as the visual cues of shapes and lighting.
In order to analyze this photo properly, one must look at it from both the literal and symbolic angles. The literal is simple. It is a black and white photo of a young woman holding a sign that says, “I am a lesbian and I am beautiful.” She is wearing a long-sleeved patterned shirt and what one can assume to be bell bottom pants. The manner in which she is dressed is extremely important. Firstly, she is the only person wearing a printed shirt. This combined with the fact that she is the only female set her apart from everyone else in the photo.…

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