Rink Foto has been photographing the LGBT community since 1969. He started during the counter-culture era and ventured into politics when he met Harvey Milk. His 1974 Gay Parade display in Harvey Milk's Castro Camera windows was the first public display of same-sex couples. These same windows were broken in 1977 by homophobes angered by a similar display. Rink has worked with many historic activist groups over the years. He has presented and documented visuals of the LGBT community as a regular contributor to newspapers, magazines and newsletters since the early 1970s.
Rink Foto covers 10-15 events a week, over 600 events a year, including theater events, protests, parties, benefits, film festivals, parades, street fairs, leather, drag, transgender, intersex, people of color, bisexuals, youth, AIDS (since its emergence), women's health issues, and just about every aspect of the LGBT community.
The Rink Foto archive includes over 400,000 photographs and negatives, and hundreds of important items of memorabilia and artwork (some of which were featured in the movie “Milk”).
Links: rinkfoto.com | flickr.com/rinkfoto | youtube.com/rinkfoto | queerculturalcenter.org/Rink |