Detail from: Columbia fun maps, Mapping the Gay and Lesbian World, Manhattan (1992)
Seen = Community
Living a closeted life can be isolating, and even after a person begins to identify as LGBTQ+ to other people, finding friends, dates, and safe spaces can be challenging. Finding, building, and celebrating community are some of the most important ways that LGBTQ+ people have sought to be seen.
Items in this section demonstrate how LGBTQ+ communities have been rendered visible to themselves. From travel maps that highlight queer bars and bookstores to magazines that facilitate communities of shared readership, these pieces provide ways to find accepting, accommodating, and affirming places and people.