How One Man’s ‘Innocent Photo Snapping’ Became A Massive Archive Of New York Gay Life

I was working a lot within safer sex outreach and a lot of Act Up-like communities and different queer outreach groups. I do double Dutch as a hobby, and I really enjoy going down to the Christopher Street piers and doing it because you have a large population of LGBT youth of color. One day an older gentleman approached me and said, “You know, I’ve never seen anything like this ― you’re a white guy amongst all these young people of color,” and asked to take my picture. We would see each other at marches, rallies, protests, gay pride events ― Stanley was always there taking pictures. We would always start chatting and that evolved. I interviewed Stanley for my blog in 2006 at his house to get his perspective on the history of gay culture, and after that I enjoyed having what I called a “Tuesdays with Morrie” type of relationship ― we would have tea, hang out, sometimes get stoned, shoot the shit.

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