In celebration of Pride Month 2017, the Fales Library & Special Collection is highlighting some pieces of their collection that come to us from the LGBTQ community. Every Wednesday for the rest of the month of June, we will be posting curated selections of our materials.
Today, we’re featuring the Alan Klein Papers. Alan Klein is a founding member of ACT UP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power), and a co-founder of Queer Nation. Queer Nation was founded in 1990, in response to the prevalence in New York of homophobia and violence against the LGBTQ community.
Queer Nation is an LGBT activist organization founded in New York City in March 1990 by AIDS activists from ACT UP New York (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power). The four founders (Tom Blewitt, Alan Klein, Michelangelo Signorile and Karl Soehnlein) were outraged by the escalation of violence against LGBT people in the streets of New York, and the continued existence of anti-gay discrimination in the culture at large. Our mission throughout our history has been to eliminate homophobia and increase LGBT visibility. — Queer Nation NY
What makes ACT UP and Queer Nation so successful is that both organizations are full of incredibly intelligent, media-savvy members like Alan Klein (who still works in PR). Among their members are exceptional orators, graphic designers, writers, and PR experts. They know how to make themselves heard.
These items from the Alan Klein Papers showcase Queer Nation’s PR expertise: they are effectively designed, eye-catching stickers and flyers which convey the group’s core message of resistance to currents of homophobia in American society. Also pictured is a t-shirt, made to be worn during Queer Nation rallies, and a news clipping covering one such rally.
Fales proudly acquired the Alan Klein Papers in 2001.
Special thanks to the staff at Fales, especially Librarian Nicholas Martin and student worker Lexi Kennard, for their amazing work on this series!