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Washington Blade Archiving Decades Of Gay Rights History In Photos

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Blade Editor Kevin Naff says staff members have just begun the process of digitally archiving all those images to preserve them. He says there are joyful photos of early pride celebrations in the '70s as well as more serious ones.

"There's one of a gay man who had died of AIDS and activists carried his open casket to the White House," he says. "Those photos are very powerful."

Naff says these images are important historical documents.

"The early days of the gay rights movements in Washington were ignored by the mainstream media," Naff says. "So in many cases the images we have are the only images that exist."

Naff says he hopes to complete the project this fall, and then they will begin digitally archiving their print editions.

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