Search or Navigate

Top of Page

Early Gay Liberation Movement at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, 1971-1978
Lambda Line

Photographs, #10

Early Iowa State University and Ames, Iowa Gay Liberation Photographs: Since 1980

The 1980s was a decade of woe for many of us because of the sudden AIDS epidemic and the horror that befell our lives. Some 30,000 people, almost exclusively gay men, died in San Francisco of the epidemic. Still, life and living did go on in the 1980s, 1990s, and up to today. Almost all the photographs in this section are taken in San Francisco, others in nearby or fairly distant Northern California locations, and a number in my Haight Street apartment, where I moved in May 1980 and still reside today.

Compiling this and re-compiling it now in 2011, I realize how fortunate I am to have known a number of the folks here for over thirty years, and how fortunate we are to still be here to remember the "good old days," when often really do seem like yesterday to me.

I have tried to give credit to people who have helped by providing their cache of photos. If I have neglected anyone or mis-credited anybody, please notify me, as it is an oversight or error, not intentional. Some of these location photographs were taken on a return trip I made to Ames from San Francisco in 1980. The locations were still very similar to the 1970s then. I am told many of these buildings no longer exist.

Clicking on a photograph thumbnail below will expand it. Controls are available once you have an expanded photo to continue through more of the pictures in this particular grouping.

Intersecting Symbols Line