Guest Blogger: Photographer Cathy Cade © 2012 Cathy Cade

This month’s guest blogger is photographer Cathy Cade, who has been publishing and exhibiting her work on LGBT communities for over 40 years. In this set of photos, ranging from 1972 to 2011, you’ll find Dykes on Bikes, Angela Davis, and Bank of America protests from 1972 and, more recently, the Occupy movement (2011). Mouseover “Notes” to view the captions for each photograph. You can view more of her work on her website.

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  1. Cathy Cade says:

    Hi AJ,
    Thanks for you question. One difference was that originally it was called “The Lesbian and Gay Freedom Day Parade”. I like our expanded LGBT part, but I prefer Freedom to Pride. Pride just doesn’t seem as bit an achievement as Freedom. The biggest difference that comes to my mind is that in the early days there were no barricades along the parade route so that you could enter and leave the march when and where you wanted. This was very helpful for photographers. But it also meant that everyone could come and watch the march for awhile then decide what group to join as they passed by, even march with several different groups, or different friends or “people of interest”. Also you could rest. You didn’t have to choose between being a lesbian mother, supporting the fight against AIDS, or flirting. It cut down our isolation and gave a truer picture of our communities and where our political loyalties lay.
    I wonder what others would answer.

  2. AJ Rosina says:

    Hello Cathy!

    I have a few questions for you and anyone else who happens to be looking at your amazing photos.
    Looking at the older pictures of Pride, I am curious (as a lesbian in my mid-20s) as to how you have seen the march change over the years. What was it like in the early years? How would you compare it to now?
    I definitely enjoy Pride myself these days, but I definitely get the sense that the corporate sponsorship and tourism aspects have really changed the event.
    Please let me know your thoughts!

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