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That's the Stonewall.

The Stonewall Inn.

Pay attention.

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

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Not Enough of the Topic

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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lgbt people and straight cisgender need to read

this is a quick read and is a good read for stepping through the door of learning about lgbt history. i can easily see this as a starter lgbt history book. I also liked the narrirator.

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Powerful, important read

Whether you are an ally, like myself, or whether this subject speaks directly to you personally, I highly recommend that you read/listen to this title. It’s moving, upsetting, encouraging, and essential. I highly recommend it! I think you’ll be glad if you read it!

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Our history is important

This powerful story reminds me over and over how important it is to share queer history with you. Tim Federle also does an amazing job narrating this story. This should be required in high schools and I will definitely listen again and again.

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Well written & narrated

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.

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  • Rikki Arundel
  • 07-01-19

Well written account of the night

i have read a lot of accounts of the night of the riots and this is the most detailed providing an excellent account of the background to the police activities that were the real cause of the conflict.

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  • Christopher Kennedy
  • 07-05-19

Excellent

I loved this book ! It details the struggles the LGBTQ communities faced and how far we as a society have come and how far we still have to go in terms of acceptance.
Well done !
Love is love ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜