Pride & Joy

Taking the Streets of New York City

A celebration of the New York City Pride Parade documented in a dazzling series of photographs, with a major introductory essay by comedian and activist Kate Clinton

“Captures the five-alarm sensory blast that is the NYC Gay
Pride March.” —from the introduction by Kate Clinton

More than forty years have passed since members of the LGBTQ community took to the streets of New York City on the first anniversary of the Stonewall Riots for the world’s first march for gay rights. From its modest, though ambitious, beginnings, the annual event has grown into an all-encompassing celebration of queer culture, drawing more than a million people. It has also come to mean many things to many people. For some, Pride has become too commercial or irrelevant as queer culture has become mainstream. To others, the festivities should be less about the politics of the gay rights movement and more about a joyful celebration of what it means to be queer.

But for anyone with a passion for freedom and for vivid, thoughtful photography, Pride & Joy—by noted photographer Jurek Wajdowicz with an introduction by the nationally known satirist and activist Kate Clinton and published in the wake of the historic U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage—is an ode to this New York institution. Energetic, colorful, and irreverent, these images are a playful confirmation of equality. Incorporating portraits of marchers and bystanders and leading figures in the LGTBQ community, these photographs revel in the rich diversity of the parade. Exquisitely presented, the book includes interviews with members of the queer community about their relationship to the march, offering a startling variety of responses to this integral part of New York life. Pride & Joy is an inspiration not only to the queer community but to all those still fighting for their basic human rights.

The fourth in a major new series of LGBT-themed photography books, Pride & Joy is a visual treat for photography lovers, an inspiration for the global queer community, and a singular tribute to New York City.

Pride & Joy was designed by Emerson, Wajdowicz Studios (EWS).

Praise

Pride and Joy is both an exuberant portrait of Pride, and a celebration of New York City. Jurek Wajdowicz’s rich collage of individual portraits forms a collective we call community. Remarkable for such a public event are the private moments captured in text and image. A pensive expression, a flirtatious glance, a burst of unselfconscious joy, sexy, raunchy, irreverent moments. Two children compare drawings, a son reaches for his father’s hand, families, pets and kids. Personal memories evoke the meaning of the parade over the decades, expressing strength, disappointment, resilience, alienation, survival. Pride and joy. A timeline reminds us where we were and how far we have come. Through beautiful, captivating, evocative portraits Wajdowicz has done what no amount of writing about intersectionality, diversity, struggle or resilience could do. The book is about that one day of the year, the day when even the Empire State Building turns rainbow. It is also a vision of what might be possible not just one day, but every day.”
—Graeme Reid, director of the LGBT rights program at Human Rights Watch