Love happens here

Emily Rose England Inside London's Enduring Queer Club Scene, 2016

Just opened: Love Happens Here, an exhibition from The Photographers’ Gallery that’s being shown in a different location to its Oxford Circus home.

Love Happens Here marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, with a show of photography at London’s City Hall until 28th July 2017. Commissioned by the Mayor of London, there are documentary shots of early Pride marches by Ian David Baker (below), candid snaps by Reggie Blennerhassett of the GLC’s Lesbian and Gay Centre, and club photography by Emily Rose England (top).

Ian David Baker l Pride, 1980
Ian David Baker Pride 1980

London’s early pride marches look like a much glummer affair that those in San Francisco – maybe it’s the weather? Daniel Nicoletta’s new photo book, LGBT: San Francisco is an incredibly vibrant collection of photographs documenting forty years of the LGBT civil rights movement in San Francisco (buy it here).

Nicoletta started documenting the gay scene after arriving at Harvey Milk’s Castro Camera shop as a 19 year old. He soon joined Milk’s campaigning team and took many of the historic images associated with gay activism of the time. He also consulted on the Gus van Sant film, Milk, advising on everything from costumes to Harvey Milk’s gestures.

Here’s one of my favourites images from LGBT: San Francisco – Leon Lott, December Wright and Larry Williams at San Francisco’s Castro Street Fair in August 1976. (Should you still be in need of your Pride outfit, Levi’s has a special Levi’s Pride collection with 100% of proceeds being donated to support the work of its partners, the Harvey Milk Foundation and Stonewall Community Foundation…)

Leon Lott, December Wright and Larry Williams by Daniel Nicoletta at San Francisco’s Castro Street Fair in August of 1976. By Daniel Nicoletta

WORDS: Disneyrollergirl/Navaz Batliwalla
IMAGES – TOP TO BOTTOM: Emily Rose England Inside London’s Enduring Queer Club Scene, 2016; Ian David Baker, Pride, 1980 x 2; Leon Lott, December Wright and Larry Williams by Daniel Nicoletta at San Francisco’s Castro Street Fair, 1976
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