LIVE from NYPL: Pride of the 80s & 90s

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Originally presented June 23, 2020

Artists and activists including Pamela Sneed, Bill T. Jones, and Toshi Reagon  speak with moderator Kia LaBeija about their reflections on the various stances of their respective generations, the rise of identity politics, and the day-to-day realities of creativity and activism within that environment.

As a generation witnessed the AIDS crisis unfold amid a period of political conservatism, a new wave of direct action groups formed in response, including ACT UP, Queer Nation, and Lesbian Avengers. As these groups came into prominence, some became disillusioned by the mainstream gay rights movement and its failure to address challenges faced by LGBTQ BIPOC. Artists and activists began to take up the complexity of their overlapping social identities through their work.These forbearers set new standards for younger generations that helped them to better center intersectionality and allyship as guiding principles in the evolving fight for liberation today.

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