That's the Stonewall.
The Stonewall Inn.
History walks through that door.
In 1969, being gay in the United States was a criminal offense. It meant living a closeted life or surviving on the fringes of society. People went to jail, lost jobs, and were disowned by their families for being gay. Most doctors considered homosexuality a mental illness. There were few safe havens. The Stonewall Inn - a Mafia-run, filthy, overpriced bar in New York City's Greenwich Village - was one of them.
Police raids on gay bars happened regularly in this era. But one hot June night, when cops pounded on the door of the Stonewall, almost nothing went as planned. Tensions were high. The crowd refused to go away. Anger and frustration boiled over.
The raid became a riot.
The riot became a catalyst.
The catalyst triggered an explosive demand for gay rights.
Ann Bausum's riveting exploration of the Stonewall Riots and the national Gay Rights movement that followed is eye-opening, unflinching, and inspiring.
©2015 Ann Bausum (P)2015 Listening Library
An interesting history of Stonewall. Though it had much less about the actual riots than I thought it would - interviews & perspectives of folks that were there, etc.
I got this book to learn more about what happened at the Stonewall Inn. I already know the repercussions and changes that it caused/gifted. Don't get me wrong; later on down the line when LGBT issues aren't a problem (hopefully) this may be a good record for young (LGBT) adults wanting to know more about their history... But a little too current (odd to say that, I know) to have a huge impact today.
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