[Image description: A rectangular image with a gold text banner at the top with black text that reads "Fine Art Galleries". The bottom of the graphic features another gold band. In between is a white background with black text to the left. The text includes the name of the exhibit; the dates of the exhibit and artist reception; and venue name and address" To the right are several images of print materials referenced in this archival exhibit. The Fine Art Galleries at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center logo is in the top center of the graphic in black.]
The Fine Art Galleries at Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center features the exhibit "Pride in Print: Moving Above Ground and Embracing Our Gaydar" from May 3 through June 17 to celebrate our community's history in the Lehigh Valley by exploring curated print materials and how they tell the fabulous story of those who paved the way to share LGBTQ+ voices and stories over the years. You especially won't want to miss out on free music, snacks, and amazing conversation about this exhibit at the reception on Thursday, May 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Pride in Print celebrates two regional publications found in the Lehigh Valley LGBT Community Archive: Above Ground and Gaydar Magazine. Both publications share important stories about our LGBTQ+ community in the Lehigh Valley from the 1990s to through the early 21st century. In particular, the publications highlight national and regional political struggles, describe community events and honor community leaders, provide journalistic coverage of the work of regional LGBTQ+ organizations, and generally serve to inform LGBTQ+ communities about issues and events that matter to us.
In the absence of strong mainstream reportage about our communities, regional LGBTQ+ publications are powerful lifelines that offer positive commentary on vibrant LGBTQ+ events and organizations. Further, they provide urgent news about challenges facing our communities—from public health discrepancies to discriminatory legislation—and strategies to address such challenges. By looking back at two major publications from the Lehigh Valley in this exhibition, we offer insight into the value of the LGBTQ+ press and the value of regional archive for granting us access to local history.
The curatorial team for this exhibition includes Lehigh University faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students: Sky Bela, Mary Foltz, Ph.D., Malaïka Gutekunst, Londyn Keele, and Carolyn Lyon. The Pride in Print team would like to thank the following sponsors for the support of the project: Lehigh University’s Office of Creative Inquiry, South Side Initiative, Muhlenberg College’s Trexler Library and Archives, ACLS, and Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center. Finally, we would like to thank Mitch Hemphill and Stephen Libby for their work in regional publications and support of this project.
- written by Mary Foltz, Ph.D.
Funding for this archival exhibit has been provided in part by PA Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
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