ARTWORK > I Was a 20th Century Lesbian

Chapter opener for "I Was a 20th Century Lesbian," image of pink triangle sewn over blue and white stripes
Woodblock print and cotton thread
14.5" x 20.5" (37 x 52.4 cm)

The second Chapter of "I Was a 20th Century Lesbian" is called "Counterspells" and is a celebration of some of the groups and organizations that helped move GLBT rights forward in the U.S. from the middle of the 20th century to the present day. In World War II Nazi concentration camps, a downward-pointing pink triangle was sewn on the uniforms of imprisoned gay men and other sexual offenders to identify them to the guards as well as to other prisoners. In the 1970s, the gay community claimed the pink triangle as an international symbol of gay pride, so I have based these Counterspells prints on the shape of the triangle.