LGBTQ* Art, Graphics and Advertising History
How the (Zebra) Got Its Spots
Mattachine Society Inc, of New York 1966
Poster reads: Homosexuals are different…. but… we believe they have the right to be. We believe that the civil rights and human dignity of homosexuals are as precious as those of any other citizen… we believe that the homosexual has the right to live, work and participate in a free society.
Mattachine defends the rights of homosexuals and tries to create a climate of understanding and acceptance.
(note: The Mattachine Society was one of the first public support/ally/equality resource groups in the United States. )
LGBTQ* Allies You Should Know
(and probably never heard of)
(following text from ADVOCATE)
The fearless contributions of one tough “mother”.
Back in 1984, when the mere mention of aids induced panic, Poltergeist actress Zelda Rubinstein did something truly brave by lending her face to one of the first state-funded safe-sex campaigns directed at gay men.
Posters depicting Rubinstein as a caring mom urging her “sons” to play safe were plastered all over Los Angeles’ buses and buildings before going national and then international. (They were spotted on phone booths as far away as Madrid.)
"I paid a very big price career-wise," Rubinstein says of the attention, which predated Elizabeth Taylor’s and Madonna’s AIDS involvement by at least a year.
A quarter century after their debut, Rubinstein’s posters have found a second life — no séances required. Physician Irene Adams, an AIDS specialist in Brazil, is bringing Mother’s lessons to her nation as part of a new youth outreach initiative.
The 76-year-old Rubinstein is ready to help once again: “I would do a fund-raiser for this cause anywhere in the world.”
(Rubinstein passed in 2010)