October 7, 2011 at 1:21 pm EST | by Phil Reese
News Channel 8: Washington Blade’s photo archive traces gay community

News Channel 8 did a great piece on the new digital photo archives and our printroom storefront where you can view many of our best photos.

The Washington Blade is launching an extensive photo archive documenting the history of the gay community and the gay rights movement.

“It’s a slice of American history. It’s truly a one-of-a-kind collection,” Michael Key said.

As photo editor at the Blade, Key had what he calls a dream job: organizing and digitizing the newspaper’s archive of photos. Spanning 42 years, the pictures trace the gay rights movement back to its origins.

‘The Blade was covering our community long before the (Washington) Post or anyone else was paying attention. It’s not like you can go somewhere else and find these images,” said the paper’s editor Kevin Naff.

Read more of the post at the TBD blog.

We’ve been working very hard here at the blade to get these archives up and you’ve been seeing previews throughout the year, from our giant prints on this year’s Pride float to teasers on Facebook and the website. Check out our storefront and take home a little piece of LGBT history today.


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