Press Photographs: The Military Ban

Press Photographs: The Military Ban


Linda Eber, two photographs with the same date and caption “Washington DC. Gay and lesbian Americans and supporters rally in Washington DC celebrating right to be homosexual and demanding freedom from discrimination. US Park Police estimated 300,000 marchers while organizers estimated at least twice that figure. The ban on homosexuals in the military was an issue that dominated a large part of the demonstration. Gay veterans marched chanting “End the Ban Now!” April 25, 1993. 

An image of two men—one an officer “Modesto” in full military uniform—holding hands and holding up American flags. In the background the crowd holds up banners of Uncle Sam’s image and the text “Campaign for Military Service/ I Want You to End the Military Ban.” The second photo has two older men with signs “48 Yrs. Together” and “WWII VET.” Both photos are crisp and clean in very good condition.

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This photograph comes from the collection of Impact Visuals, a New York-based cooperative photo agency dedicated to documenting social justice movements, including the anti-apartheid movement in both the United States and South Africa, and the independent movement in Namibia. Impact Visuals was founded by Michael Kaufman and operated from 1980s until its closure in 2001. These seven photos span the height of Impact Visuals’ activity, between 1987-1994, and document protestors in New York, Washington D.C., San Francisco, and even a protest of one in New Hope, Pennsylvania. Each photograph has contact information for Impact Visuals, and details about its photographer, subject, and date of creation, taped to it as is usual for the collections of photo agencies.