Digital Special Collections is pleased to announce a new themed collection topic on Calisphere. The topic features images of the 1977 and 1978 Lesbian and Gay Pride Parades in San Francisco. View it now!

Harvey MilkThe images in this topic depict scenes of individuals and groups marching in support of LGBT rights. Inspired by the civil rights movement of the 1960s, Pride Parades were–and continue to be–a potent symbol of LGBT politics and culture. Many of the photographs in this topic show people holding banners and signs reacting to the repeal of gay rights ordinances throughout the country. Some show the growing momentum of the LGBT voting bloc, and others simply show the diverse people out to show their support. The accompanying essay traces the development of the Pride Parade and provides context for the selected images.

The images in this topic were contributed to the OAC and Calisphere by the GLBT Historical Society of San Francisco. The topic has been made available in advance of Harvey Milk Day (May 22nd), an official commemorative day in California.

This topic marks the first of three new topics to be released in the coming months. We will announce these as they become available. Stay tuned!

Image courtesy of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.