An Instagram account shows LGBT history to thousands of people.
The profile, @lbgt_history, shares publications daily highlighting milestones and detailing the work and lives of important leaders and activists who fought for LGBT rights.
Leighton Brown and Matthew Riemer, a couple based in Washington, DC, started the account after realizing they "did not know anything" about the issue, as they explained in an essay on Them.
Knowledge: an Instagram account is educating thousands of followers about LGBT history. In the photo they are supporters of a demonstration for the rights of homosexuals in Marietta, Georgia, in 1993
Explanations: The account often shares detailed publications that relate milestones in LGBT history. The legend shown above explains the context of the Georgia demonstration in 1993
Taking action: Leighton Brown (right) and Matthew Riemer (left), a couple based in D.C., started the account after realizing that they "did not know anything" & # 39; about LGBT history
Brown and Riemer, both lawyers, attended the inauguration of a tombstone for the late activist Frank Kameny and realized how little they knew about him and his life.
Kameny, a gay rights activist who was born in New York City, was fired from the US Army Map Service for refusing to provide information about her sexual orientation.
He famously coined the motto "Gay is good", which he once called the achievement for which he wanted to be remembered.
"We knew very little about Kameny's life, however, during the memorial, we were inundated with details about the man who served as a moral and logical compass in the fight for homosexual rights for almost six decades," the couple, both lawyers , wrote in his essay.
"We were overwhelmed by how much we did not know, isolated by our ignorance and furious with the forces that had hidden history from us, and we set out to learn what we could." There was no real plan, we just wanted some sense of our history & # 39;
Outrage: Among the moments documented on the Instagram account are the riots that followed the conviction for involuntary manslaughter of Dan White, the man who killed Harvey Milk.
Context: A publication in the account explains that White was found guilty of "voluntary homicide, the least serious offense possible" for the homicides
News: Instagram account once featured this cover of the Bay Area Reporter, a free weekly newspaper that has the highest weekly circulation of all LGBT newspapers in the US. UU
History lesson: in an accompanying legend, the Instagram account explained that the reporter from the bay area removed the lid when Pope John Paul II visited San Francisco in 1987.
For months, Brown and Riemer carried out investigations and accumulated images. He pocketed the @lgbt_history account in January 2016, eager to share what they had learned with other people.
In two years and eight months, the account has garnered 270,000 followers. Now he shares new publications on a daily basis, with the aim of giving more visibility to parts of the story that are not usually taught in the classrooms.
Some of the publications consist of photos of marches and previous gatherings, with some information about the context of the images in the title.
Other longer updates focus on significant moments in LGBT history or on the profile of important historical figures such as politician Harvey Milk, artist Keith Haring and activist Marsha P. Johnson.
In May, the account shared a black and white portrait of Haring on the sixtieth anniversary of his birth.
The caption shows a biography of the artist, from his rise to fame in the early 1980s to how he helped raise awareness about the AIDS crisis through his art.
Featured: artist Keith Haring (photographed in 1984 with one of his paintings) appeared on the bill
Message: The caption shows a biography of the artist, from his rise to fame in the early 1980s to how he helped raise awareness about the AIDS crisis through his art.
Work: Among the activists listed on the account is Marsha P. Johnson, one of the fathers of the queer liberation movement. (in the photo left distributing flyers in the city of New York in 1970
Activist: The account listed several of the movements and organizations that Johnson was part of
That same month, another publication marked the 39th anniversary of the conviction of Dan White, the man who killed San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and supervisor Harvey Milk.
The publication told the story of the verdict that saw White convicted of voluntary manslaughter, not murder, which led to the riots of the 1979 White Night in San Francisco.
On May 21, 1979, thirty-nine years ago, six months after Dan White assassinated San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and City Supervisor Harvey Milk, the jury was predominantly white, straight, middle-class and middle-sized. Age found White guilty of voluntary involuntary manslaughter, the less serious offense available, with a sentence of seven years and the possibility of parole, "reads the post.
"Even White's attorneys were surprised that the" Twinkie defense ", in which they argued that White's mental state at the time of the murders had decreased due to an increase in sugary foods, had worked."
Looking back: on September 11 of this year, the account shared this magazine cover highlighting the heroic acts committed by homosexuals after the September 11 attacks
Telling the stories: Among the people featured in the message was Father Mychal F. Judge, a chaplain who died at Ground Zero.
Milestones: The Octogenarians Del Martin (second from the left) and Phyllis Lyon (right), represented on their wedding day in 2008, have appeared on the Instagram account.
Fighting for their rights: the couple got married twice. His first wedding, which took place in 2004, was canceled. They were married again in 2008 after same-sex marriage was legalized in California
Among the activists listed on the account is Marsha P. Johnson, one of the fathers of the gay liberation movement & # 39;
Johnson is described in a publication as "part of the Stonewall Riots, one of the first members of the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance, and co-founder (with Sylvia Rivera) of the Transvestite Street Action Revolutionaries, the first organization dedicated to assisting homeless drag queens, trans women and survival workers.
The message also explains how Johnson's death at the age of 46 was initially suicide, and how activists and friends successfully fought to get the case reopened.
Riemer and Brown will soon launch their first book, We Are Everywhere, dedicated to LGBT history.
With that, they hope to show & # 39;that the strength of the queer community is its diversity and that assimilation is spiritual erasure & # 39;