Henry Gerber

Henry Gerber by Jeremy Sorese

Now available online!

Current Shandaken: Governors Island resident Jeremy Sorese's Henry Gerber was available this fall at information booths throughout Governors Island, but if you missed it in person, you now have a chance to read it online!


This broadsheet, developed as part biographical essay part personal narrative, aims at weaving together the life of Henry Gerber, the founder of the first gay rights organization in the United States, with that of the artist, in an effort to fill in the gaps missing from Gerber’s own history. In his attempt to honor someone whose life he can’t fully grasp, Sorese offers up his own: his personal biases as a gay man, the fear of losing one’s livelihood due to unforeseen circumstances, the struggle to comprehend how short and fraught lives are. Printed as a broadsheet not dissimilar from Gerber’s own short-lived newsletter Friendship and Freedom, of which no copies still exist, Henry Gerber is Sorese's attempt to pay tribute to a figure otherwise lost to history in the hope that someone may, one day, do the same for him.

Jeremy Sorese is an artist who paints, draws short-form comics, long-form queer science fiction, and illustrated autobiographical prose based in Brooklyn, NY. His first book, Curveball, was published with Nobrow in 2015 and was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. From 2012–2013, he lived and worked as a resident at La Maison des Auteurs, a comics-specific residency program in Angoulême, France. His second book, For The Short While, will be published with Archaia in 2021. He is currently a professor at Parsons School of Design and a Shandaken: Governors Island resident for 2019–2020.