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Maker: Bruce Reifel; Gay Liberation Front
Date Made: 1970
Place Made: United States: California, Los Angeles
Measurements: 65.5 cm x 55.8 cm; 25 13/16 in x 21 15/16 in
Main Subject: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ)
Materials: paper (fiber product)
Gay-In at Griffith Park merry-go-round April 5 come together... reach out and join hands with your brothers and sisters. Gay Liberation Front
Acquisition Number: 2013-103
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The Griffith Park Gay-In was started in the Los Angeles park of the same name in May 30, 1968 and was an annual event for three years. Griffith Park had long been a cruising area for gay men at night, but by 1968 the gay liberation movement decided to hold a festival during the middle of the day for all GLBT individuals. It was a precursor to gay pride festivals that followed in major cities after the Stonewall riots. The Gay-In festivals suffered constant police harrasment with the April 5, 1970 event including some of the worst with police in riot gear and forming a charging line. The second Griffith Park Gay-In was held in July 1969 and took less of a festival tone and more overtly political in nature- Jeff Auer, OutHistory.org. Center figure with moustache is self-portrait of Reifel.