Stunning Photos From Albany’s 1971 Gay Rights March

Published March 13, 2016
Updated January 24, 2018

As the 1960s came to a close, many minority groups had begun to organize for political and cultural change, the LGBT community among them. Spurred by New York’s 1969 Stonewall riots, activists increasingly entered into peaceful protests — one of which was the 1971 march on Albany, New York, the first statewide march in America for gay rights.

Thankfully, photojournalist Diana Davies documented this otherwise little-publicized march (the entirety of which can be found in the New York Public Library’s Digital Collection, recently opened for public use).

Gay Rights March 1971 Hat Pins
Gay Rights March 1971 Buffalo
Gay Rights March 1971 Second Class
Stunning Photos From Albany’s 1971 Gay Rights March
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Erin Kelly
An All That’s Interesting writer since 2013, Erin Kelly focuses on historic places, natural wonders, environmental issues, and the world of science. Her work has also been featured in Smithsonian and she’s designed several book covers in her career as a graphic artist.