Museum embraces gay pride in honor of Victorian photographer

A museum dedicated to a Victorian-era photographer who challenged gender roles is expanding its mission by championing tolerance and sending a contingent to New York’s gay pride parade.

The Alice Austen House on Staten Island has celebrated Austen’s work as a pioneering female photographer since the site opened to the public in 1985.

Austen, born in 1866, took photos that included women cross-dressing and embracing, and she lived for decades with another woman, Gertrude Tate.

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