ASSIGNMENT: Design a four-stamp US postal service series that is rooted in and celebrates American history, culture and/or diversity.
PROCESS/TASKS: Research, conceptualize, illustrate, write copy, layout in US postal service format (1x1.5 inch)
LGBTQ LANDMARKS The movement for LGBTQ+ rights in this country is often cited to have begun on June 28, 1969, at The Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village where police violently raided on the basis of arresting anyone who was not cisgender and heterosexual — and patrons fought back. After the raid, the community was enraged, and thus began the modern gay and trans rights movement. Only four years later, San Francisco’s Harvey Milk was sworn in as the first openly gay politician at City Hall. He would be assassinated four years later in the same building. In 1975, the first same-sex marriage took place at the First Unitarian Society of Denver, but not until 2015 would marriage equality be guaranteed for all 50 states. The first museum to house artwork solely by LGBTQ+ artists, the Leslie - Lohman Museum of Art, opened in New York City in 2016, further developing a platform for queer Americans.
OUTCOME: A colorful, optimistic and unexpected take on critical sites of this rights movement