These ghostly figures are volunteers performing for the US photographer and artist Spencer Tunick at Los Senderos Village in San Miguel de Allende, in Mexico on 4 November 2012. Tunick is in Mexico creating the performance to commemorate the Day of the Dead. Photograph: Alfredo Estrella/AFP/Getty Images
From Harvey Milk to Prop 8, in this week’s issue Alex Ross traces the history of the gay-rights movement, interlacing the movement’s milestones with his own memories and experiences as a gay man in America. Ross writes, “I am forty-four years old, and I have lived through a startling transformation in the status of gay men and women in the United States… Around the time I was born, homosexual acts were illegal in every state but Illinois. Lesbians and gays were barred from serving in the federal government. There were no openly gay politicians. A few closeted homosexuals occupied positions of power, but they tended to make things more miserable for their kind.” But, he writes, “Today, gay people of a certain age may feel as though they had stepped out of a lavender time machine…. Gay rights have made such rapid progress that there is an urge to look back and assess what has happened.”
Continue reading Ross on the past and future of gay rights.
An Aerial View of D-Day
A panoramic view of the Omaha beachhead after it was secured, sometime around mid-June 1944, at low tide.
Photo: U.S. Coast Guard Collection in the U.S. National Archives
Kelham’s California Commercial Union Building, San Francisco
"You can sit around and compare ballparks all you want, but no park in baseball compares to Fenway. If you want to see ‘a baseball game’ — that’s a generic term — and have a chance to see everything that baseball can provide then Fenway is the place to see it."
truck day! truck day! I can’t believe it’s truck day! just about a week til pitchers and catchers report and then two weeks until spring training starts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy Truck Day!
When World War I veterans returned from overseas, they were promised a cash bonus for their service — but they wouldn’t get their money until 1945. Desperate for relief, in 1932 a group of veterans from Portland, Ore., went to Washington to demand early payment. (via The Bonus Army: How A Protest Led To The GI BIll)
Photo: The National Archives