Gay marriage will soon be legal in a total of seventeen American states and a dozen countries across the world, and the Young Museum in San Francisco is holding a fascinating exhibition that looks back at the beginnings of the movement for gay rights. Through photographs by American photographer Anthony Friedkin, a whole state of mind, a whole period of struggles and history comes to the surface. The Gay Essay is a humanist document of the gay communities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, shot by the Californian photographer, then only 19 years old, between 1969 and 1973.
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