RISE UP

Historic gay magazine on display at Brooklyn Museum

In 1956, the first subscription-based lesbian magazine The Ladder made its debut; at the time, it was legally considered lewd material. One of its faithful readers who was vocally grateful to have a publication that spoke to her was A Raisin in the Sun playwright, author, essayist, and activist Lorraine Hansberry. “Twice Militant: Lorraine Hansberry’s Letters to The Ladder” honors the historic legacy of this publication with 27 issues on display along with Hansberry’s handwritten lists to herself on her birthdays, typewritten essays on “the homosexual question,” a poem titled “Le Masque,” and a self-portrait. There is also a listening station with Hansberry’s interview with Studs Terkel.
Wednesdays-Sundays, 11 a.m. Starts: Nov. 22. Continues through March 8, 2013

 
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