Celebrate People's History: Harry Hay

Miriam Klein Stahl
GVSU Collection
2 Color Offset Printed Poster
November 2018
Artworks - Height: 17" Width: 11"
This is a white, black, and green poster of a person on the right side of the image in glasses, a hat, collared shirt, and necklaces. There is text over their shoulder on the left side that reads: “Harry Hay composed the first manifesto of the American Gay Rights Movement in 1948. We know how to live through their eyes. We can always play their games, but are we denying ourselves by doing this? If you’re going to carry the skin of conformity over you. You are going to suppress the beautiful prince or princess within you.”
Historical Context:
The Celebrate People’s History posters are rooted in the do-it-yourself tradition of mass-produced political propaganda. These posters embody democracy, inclusion, and group participation in the writing and interpretation of the past. Unlike most political posters, the posters part of the Celebrate People’s History series tell the stories of the underdogs, those individuals and groups helping to move forward the collective struggle of humanity to create a more just world. For 20 years, over 130 different posters have been displayed on the streets of over a dozen cities representing over 150 artists and writers. The Celebrate People’s History Poster Series has been organized and curated by Josh MacPhee since 1998.