Love, Activism, Pride, and Community

Angus Mordant photo for NY Daily News


Good morning, all.

I had a post on new magazines planned to publish today, but I am setting it aside for now. Because of the affinity that FIT has always had for the LGBT community, and the importance of New York City in their struggle for equal civil rights, I feel that Pride Month must be celebrated here as well.

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Offerings in front of the Stonewall Inn, image from NPR


Many of you know that the Gay Pride movement began just down 7th avenue from FIT, June 28, 1969, when the police raided a bar called the Stonewall Inn. This place has become a landmark where people gather to celebrate or commiserate important occasions. The shooting in Orlando, FL, on Sunday June 12, at the Pulse nightclub brought New Yorkers to this spot by the hundreds.

6/27/2016: I think it worthy to add this note: On Friday, June 24, President Obama declared that the Stonewall Inn, Christopher Park across the street, and several of the connecting streets where protests spilled out from the bar itself.

Stonewall Inn Named National Monument (NYT)

Daily Beast coverage of the Vigil at Stonewall Inn

Daily News coverage of Stonewall Inn Vigil

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden place bouquets of flowers at a memorial for the victims of the terrorist attack at the Pulse nightclub, at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Fla., June 16, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden  in Orlando, Fla., June 16, 2016. (Official White House Photo by David Lienemann)


President and Vice President pay Respects in Orlando

Along with the rest of the country, we mourn the deaths of these innocent people.

Vigil at Stonewall the evening of June 12



And what I’ve found myself humming under my breath all week:


If you or your friends need more information about the annual Pride March in Manhattan, you can check it out, as well as other related events here:

We cannot quantify the involvement of the LBGT community with the fashion and arts communities, but a quick look through our catalog suggests the importance of fashion as a means of camouflaging or demonstrating one’s identity. Conversely, involvement of so many LBGT people also suggests that these are the people at the heart of our fashionable identities.

Not surprisingly, then, we have books on homosexuality, transgender, and fashion. The most recent in-depth study remains the exhibition catalog for the Museum at FIT’s 2013 exhibition,

queer fashion book cvr“A Queer History of Fashion”

by Valerie Steele.  5th floor, Main Stacks, TT507 .Q622

But there are others:

Art and Queer Culture, by Catherine Lord. 5th floor, Main Stacks, N72 .H64 L67

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out, by Susan Kuklin. 5th floor, Main Stacks, HQ77.9 K85

The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle, by Lillian Faderman. 5th floor, Main Stacks, HQ76.8 .U5 F33

Hypermasculine Dress: Self-preservations in Queer Male Culture, by George Veale. 5th floor, Main Stacks, HQ1090 .V42. Also available electronically

Queer, edited by David Getsy. 5th floor, Main Stacks, NX180 .H6 Q44

Queer Style, by Adam Geczy, 5th floor, Main Stacks, GT525 .G43

Picturing the Closet: Male Secrecy and Homosexual Visibility in Britain, by Dominic Janes. 5th floor, Main Stacks, N72 .H64 J36

There are more, so please stop by and take a look!

Just to end on a more cheerful note for the beginning of summer, it turns out that Gay Pride playlists have become a Thing. Here are several fun ones:

Time Out New York’s “50 Best Gay Songs”

Popcrush’s “10 Gay Pride Anthems”

Huffington Post’s “Gay Pride Playlist”

A personal favorite to get your weekend going!



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Magazine of the Week

Hi, everyone! Happy first day of summer!

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This week I wanted to talk a bit about Afterall, one of the many art titles we subscribe to. Its focus centers on current artist-rooted theory as well as contemporary artists. The name comes from that of the research and publishing entity that produces it, along with several other titles that concern art, artists, the art market, and exhibitions in historical context.

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“Afterall”, which describes itself as a research center at University of the Arts, Central St. Martins, London, began publishing its namesake journal in 1998. Its focus has always been contemporary art, artists, and the theoretical and physical contexts within which they work. Originally it was designed to cover 3-5 artists per issue, with critical reviews from several reviewers alongside contemporary press reviews. It has expanded its subject matter to include exhibitions that influence art and the art scenes in locales around the world. The center has published books on these topics as well.



The collective “Afterall” has published a variety of books, videos, and online content as well as the journal by their name. The journal Afterall is published twice a year.



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Magazine of the Week

Welcome back, everyone! I hope that you are off somewhere, enjoying the long weekend.

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This week’s magazine is designed to encourage your adventures. Backpacker aims to provide useful information for active people who do stuff in the outdoors such as biking, rock- or mountain-climbing, trail running, fly fishing, cycling, and so on. This is a niche title, but it has taken advantage of the web has to connect its niche across the world. Backpacker’s website includes, besides gear recommendations, trail and trip recommendations and advice, pointers to skills training and checklists, upcoming events, and an extensive, active bulletin boards for readers to share their experiences, plan trips together, and etc.

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The magazine’s founder, William Kemsley, reminisced that it took three years for he and his crew to put the first magazine together, because they weren’t sure that there was enough American interest in a title based on wilderness exploration. However, in spring of 1973, Backpacker was born.

From the beginning, the editors sought to limit advertising because of the amount of gear they reviewed regularly. Kemsley sold the title to publisher Ziff Davis in 1980, and it has changed hands twice since then.


Backpacker grew consistently because it was a great central place for outdoors-people to exchange experience and information before the internet struck. This core group of subscribers has allowed Backpacker to remain solvent despite the financial ups and downs of the 2000s. As then publisher Keith Ebersole said in 2009, “I don’t think people who aren’t enthusiastic about the outdoors have a huge desire to read this magazine.” (Ad Age 2009 (10/19), 15)

Our holdings of this title begin with the January 1985 issue. You can request it at the 6th floor PERS desk.

Come take a look!



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