New job is cool. Organized an exhibition for Pride that will run through the month. Via the Rainbow History Project, I found a great PDF containing early issues of The Gay Blade and, with permission from The Washington Blade, reprinted them at-size and on paper stock similar to the originals.
A limited run of 100 (free) zines was produced for the exhibition. Hand stamped & numbered, they are waiting for you to grip. Gallery of Ace Hotel at 29th & Broadway, right by Opening Ceremony.
From Ace Hotel Blog:
To kickoff our LGBTQ pride celebrations this June, we’re exhibiting Current Issues: The Gay Blade Vol. 1, No. 1-6, 1969 in the gallery space at Ace Hotel New York. First published in October of 1969 as a single-sheet, hand-distributed newsletter appearing in gay bars around D.C., it’s the longest-running LGBTQ paper in the United States, still running as The Washington Blade and named by the Times as “one of the most influential publications written for a gay audience.” In its early issues, we find reports on civil rights issues and police harassment, roommate and job referral services, invitations to community dinners, legal advice and classifieds ads. Grown from the vitality and perseverance of queer culture and community, The Gay Blade helped citizens organize in their struggle for equality, while both supporting and documenting the mundanities of everyday life and survival.
To see the full selection of early issues, and read more about the Blade (unrelated to Zorro), stop by the gallery and pick up your own copy of our handmade zine featuring some of our favorite issues.
Stay tuned for more on pride this month here.