“Sheridan Square”, lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken
Not written for any particular show or film, but rather documenting the feeling that was pervading the gay community in NYC at the start of the AIDS crisis. Sheridan Square, for those that don’t know, is the area in the West Village where Stonewall is located.
I’m not sure the exact date of the song, but I believe it’s from the time when the disease was known as GRID (gay-related immune deficiancy, changed for obvious reasons).
Howard Ashman would, of course, go on to write the lyrics for The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin before dying of AIDS himself in 1991.


“Sheridan Square,” composed by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman,
performed at Howard’s funeral

“Sometime in the early ‘80’s, Howard and Alan wrote a song called ‘Sheridan Square.’ Sheridan Square is in Greenwich Village, not far from the Stonewall Bar–the emotional center of the Gay Rights movement. It was where men–I’m not sure about women–who were gay and different could go to be gay and not-different-at-all.

"Howard was funny about the song 'Sheridan Square,’ a little uncomfortable. It wasn’t his favorite song. I think the emotions and concerns were maybe a little too raw and certainly too personal. I think maybe he didn’t want to make art out of what was happening. But it’s a good song and, given all that happened then and has happened since, one worth listening to.”

– Howard’s sister, Sarah, “March 14, 1991, Twenty Years Ago Today

“STONEWALL MEANS…FIGHT BACK! SMASH GAY OPPRESSION! GAY CAUCUS OF Y.A.W.F.”, Youth Against War & Fascism (Y.A.W.F.) members, Christopher Street Liberation Day Parade, New York City, June 30, 1974. Photo © Fred W. McDarrah. #lgbthistory #lgbtherstory #lgbttheirstory #lgbtpride #queerhistorymatters #haveprideinhistory #stonewallmeansfightback (at Sheridan Square)

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Women through the lens of photojournalist and social movement documentarian Bettye Lane: 

  1. Ella Baker, civil rights activist and founder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (August 10, 1980).
  2. Three participants in the All-Craft Foundation’s program offering training in the trades to poorer women (September 6, 1981).
  3. Lesbian women in a bar in Sheridan Square (August 23, 1974).
  4. Angela Davis, speaking from behind bulletproof glass at “An Evening with Angela Davis,“ Madison Square Garden (June 29, 1972).
  5. Earth goddess workshop (December 5, 1980).
  6. Homeless women’s shelter, New York (August 19, 1987).
  7. Women discuss strategies for opening their own businesses (June 26, 1976).
  8. Karen Galloway (Beathea-Shields), one of Joan (Joann) Little’s attorneys, speaking at a Union Square demonstration (July 12, 1975).
  9. Hat factory workers (October 9, 1980).
  10. Women in Central Park after the second Women’s March down Fifth Avenue (August 26, 1971).

Coco, Miniature Australian Shepherd (5 y/o), Sheridan Square, New York, NY • “I adopted her at 18 months old. She’s baby # 1, and my son is baby # 2. She was the ring bearer at our wedding, in an olive grove in Italy.” (See next photo)

It took until 1938 for there to be a truly desegregated nightclub in New York.

Cafe Society, a basement lounge at 1 Sheridan Square, was created by a former shoe salesman with leftist leanings named Barney Josephson.