historic lesbian photo

The Southern California Women for Understanding gather for a group photo.

A rare exhibit of photographs called "Out of the Box: Rare and Unseen Photos" from the June Mazer Lesbian Archives will be at Long Beach's The Center for the next month.

The show will have pieces from more than 20 of the collections housed at the archives, according to Angela Brinskele, director of communications for the Archives and a member of the curating team for this show. Those collections include pictures from Marie Cartier and her wife Kimberly Esslinger, as well as historic photographs from Pat Larson and Jenny Meyer. Meyer was in the Air Force when she met Larson, went AWOL to be with her, was captured and court-martialed — with pictures documenting the journey.

Southern California Women for Understanding (SCWU), called the most successful organization in history, is represented in the show. SCWU was an educational group from 1976 to 1999 offering support to lesbians in the area.

Cartier, Esslinger, Larson and Meyer all are expected to attend an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 22, at The Center, 2017 E. Fourth St. The show will be on exhibit during The Center's regular business hours — 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

For more information on The June Mazer Lesbian Archives and to make an appointment to visit, email contact@mazerlesbianarchives.org or call (310) 659-2478. For more about The Center, call (562) 434-4455 or go to www.centerlb.org.

Harry has been executive editor of Gazette Newspapers for more than 26 years. He has been in the newspaper business for more than 35 years, with experience on both weekly and metropolitan daily papers in Colorado and California.

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