|Since the 1980s, photographer Marilyn Humphries has been documenting progressive movements. Her camera has brought Bay Windows readers to the front lines of the fight for LGBT equality from the early days of the AIDS epidemic to the advent of civil marriage rights. The photos of the latter â€” her award-winning photographs of the struggle for marriage equality in Massachusetts â€” have been collected in the recently published book Courting Equality from Beacon Press. With a history of the movement written by Patricia A. Gozemba and Karen Kahn to accompany Humphries’s historic photos, the book is a moving and invaluable time capsule. Humphries found some time between the book launch and photo assignments to talk with Bay Windows about sharing her eyes with the world. An excerpt appears below. For the full interview.Q: You must be very busy these days.
A: It’s really nice to have a few moments to just think about things instead of the next task. I feel like ever since November of 2003 I’ve been on the hamster wheel from hell, as so many of us have been. And adding the book on to that was like, how much more can you take?
Q: Covering the Constitutional Conventions must be a real marathon.
Q: How do you get through it?
Q: You’ve had a unique view of the marriage fight.
Q: Is it hard to cover, when you have a personal stake?
Q: What about happier events, like the first marriage licenses? I remember I was at Cambridge City Hall when they had the first registrants for gay marriage licenses, and I was just overwhelmed. I couldn’t imagine having to work, too.
Q: How did the book come about?
Q: Is there another boo coming?
Q: And hopefully the book will have a ripple effect across the country.
Q: How did you get started?
Q: And lucky to have someone to record them.
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