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The Stonewall Reader
The Stonewall Reader | New York Public Library
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For the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, an anthology chronicling the tumultuous fight for LGBTQ rights in the 1960s and the activists who spearheaded it, with a foreword by Edmund White. June 28, 2019 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, which is considered the most significant event in the gay liberation movement, and the catalyst for the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States. Drawing from the New York Public Library's archives, The Stonewall Reader is a collection of first accounts, diaries, periodic literature, and articles from LGBTQ magazines and newspapers that documented both the years leading up to and the years following the riots. Most importantly the anthology spotlights both iconic activists who were pivotal in the movement, such as Sylvia Rivera, co-founder of Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (STAR), as well as forgotten figures like Ernestine Eckstein, one of the few out, African American, lesbian activists in the 1960s. The anthology focuses on the events of 1969, the five years before, and the five years after. Jason Baumann, the NYPL coordinator of humanities and LGBTQ collections, has edited and introduced the volume to coincide with the NYPL exhibition he has curated on the Stonewall uprising and gay liberation movement of 1969.
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balletbookworm
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A small but very diverse anthology centered on LGBTQ+ experiences before, during, and after the Stonewall riots of 1969. It took a bit to read because the structure of some pieces wasn‘t straightforward (there is a long, dense stream-of-consciousness piece by Jill Johnston that is a prime example). But the collection highlights how Stonewall came about, how far we‘ve come as a society in the intervening 50 years, and how far we still have to go.

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amma-keep-reading
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The multiple perspectives of the major event was great but what I enjoyed most was the various voices of the movement. A great place to learn about the movers and shakers of the movement.

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Lylah
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This is really good so far!

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brandybear22
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I‘ve read through the first and second sections (pre and during stonewall), Mostly yesterday on my plane ride, 50 year anniversary.

Pictured are several books/magazines referenced in the Stonewall reader, seen at the Museum of American history in DC yesterday as well.

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Skygoddess1
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Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. In recognition of this pivotal moment in the gay rights movement I listened to The Stonewall Reader on audio (would highly recommend the audiobook and this book in general). Full review up on my blog: https://readingstewardess.wordpress.com/2019/06/28/the-stonewall-reader-review/

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ontheBL
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The Stonewall Inn was run by the mafia and a haven for the poorest and most persecuted among the LGBTQIA community. 50 years ago, a momentous event began which would shift cultural attitudes and launch gay rights into the public view. The Stonewall Reader is a moving and brilliant collection of stories from before, during, and after the Stonewall Riots curated by The New York Public Library.
https://onthebl.org/2019/06/28/the-stonewall-reader/

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Leftcoastzen
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On this day 50 years ago,a raid ignited a movement.

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Naominats
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As we acted upon our society, we acted upon ourselves; as we changed the world we changed our minds... We moved in a brief span of time from a sense that there was something wrong with us to the realization that there was something radically wrong with the society that had done its best to destroy us... We experienced the present as history, ourselves as history makers.

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Lylah
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Pride month is almost over but I‘m gay year-round 🌈✨

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brandybear22
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Book club selection this month, ready for discussion, but I‘m behind on the reading. Too much going on. I‘m in to keep going, it‘s a great anthology. Everyone agrees about the first 2/3, mixed reactions about the last bit. (Wearing my stonewall pride t shirt @kgriffith )

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kgriffith
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Feeling very on brand for a certain segment of my identity Venn diagram today. Happy #Pride, Littens! Tagged book is this month‘s #queerbookclub pick; I won‘t be there for the discussion, but I‘m going to still try to read at least a few of the stories during my travel this Saturday.

sprainedbrain LOVE that shirt! 3mo
JoScho 🌈🌈🌈 3mo
Bookladylinda Cute chucks!!!! 3mo
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Soubhiville Yay! I got Pride chucks for my bday! The silver, blue, and pink ones 💕 3mo
Fridameetslucy Happy pride !!!! - this year I have to go to an unveiling so can‘t go to NYC pride 3mo
kgriffith @Soubhiville I wanted the glittery silver but they only offered it on the high tops!!! Happy pride to you 💜 3mo
kgriffith @sprainedbrain isn‘t it great?? I couldn‘t resist 3mo
kgriffith @JoScho 🤗🏳️‍🌈🙌🏻 3mo
kgriffith @Bookladylinda Thank you! 🏳️‍🌈💃🏻 3mo
kgriffith @Fridameetslucy Aw, and what a year to miss NYC Pride, too 😔 I hope the unveiling is wonderful! 3mo
readordierachel Love everything about this 👍🏼🌈 3mo
Fridameetslucy @kgriffith omg I feel like an idiot. I have been home on a work injury since mid May and has lost track of time. An Unveiling in Judaism is when a gravestone is put on the burial site. In this case my friends 20 year old daughter who died a year ago. Nyc Pride is the weekend after - so I can go. Are you coming for pride in nyc ? (edited) 3mo
kgriffith @Fridameetslucy oh goodness, I didn‘t think to ask for context, apologies for the inappropriate wishes; I was thinking something art related. 3mo
kgriffith @Fridameetslucy and no, I‘m going to be in PR, but many friends of mine are heading to NYC for the Stonewall anniversary 3mo
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Dorianna
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From my “You rushed to get this why haven‘t you read it yet?” pile. I figured now was certainly an appropriate time to read it.

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kgriffith
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My doodling turned out to be a pretty accurate visual representation of discussion about this year‘s pride events. #translivesmatter

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brandybear22
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My next book club read, just released!

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