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Would definitely recommend the audiobook if you plan on reading this because you ll get to hear a lot of the interviews from their original recordings I m glad I listened to this right before Pride month because let me tell you I am now ready to start a revolution As someone who s read a lot of academic work about Stonewall in the past nothing in this book was particularly new or eye opening for me, but it s always nice to hear directly from primary sources If you re someone who s newer to queer history this could be a good one to pick up because it pulls from a wide range of sources and viewpoints surrounding the event. THE STONEWALL READER is an anthology that draws from the New York City Public Library s archive of personal accounts, interviews, and publications by and about folks involved with the LGBTQ movement before, during, and after the Stonewall riots This book small, but it s packed with invaluable information and insights from folks on the front lines of gay liberation I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about queer history and still there were events, groups, and people I didn t know about featured here I really appreciated the broad scope of included voices This is not a book that puts wealthy cis white men at the center of the story It spotlights the contributions of people of color, drag queens and trans people It also openly discusses racism and bigotry within the movement in a way we often try to erase, especially during Pride month This book showed me how much things have changed, but also how much they stay the same No one today would be unable to find a gay bar in NYC, but it s still hard for trans people to access healthcare One step forward, two steps back. Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced reader copy ARC of this book If you only read one book this Pride season Stonewall 50 , let it be the amazing stories in The Stonewall Reader edited by Jason Baumann NYPL This is the real deal Primary source material on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender heroes before, during, and after Stonewall Each chapter is an essay or a piece of a chapter or interview So even slow readers like me make progress quickly Every voice is strong, powerful, and diverse Outstanding selections from Baumann and Ed White We already have The Stonewall Reader in our library s collection Must have Must read. No star rating because it s an anthology LGBTQ history is not something I was taught in school, and it s only through reading THE STONEWALL READER that I ve discovered my hunger for learningabout the movements that fought for the rights freedoms I enjoy today.Chronicling LGBTQ history faces many challenges the HIV AIDS crisis that decimated our community, copyright questions of gay lesbian zines the primary source of spreading knowledge discussing queer identity before the internet , and the fact that history is always written by the victor White, cis gay men have always been the primary face of the LGBTQ movements, obscuring the countless contributions of queer people of color, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender folks THE STONEWALL READER attempts to rectify that though whether they are successful in their attempt is open for debate.This anthology is split up into 3 sections Before Stonewall, During Stonewall, and After Stonewall I read through the first section very slowly, but reading during after was thrilling, empowering informative History is confusing there can be multiple, contradictory truths from witnesses who were at the same event, and by creating this collection rather than writing a history book the nypl penguinclassics are holding space for all those truths of queer experience, queer history queer radical agendas I m so grateful I read this book excited to continue educating myself about LGBTQ history this Pride month beyond Highly recommend The fact that you re curious enough about this book to read the reviews means you should give it a go The choice to frame the story in terms of before, during, and after, is immensely powerful The editors do an outstanding job of including as many different LGBTQ voices and perspectives as possible I don t love the use of oral history excerpts because I find that removing the story from the greater context of the interview severely weakens it But on the whole, as someone who had a basic understanding of Stonewall and all it embodies, I loved learning key names and really taking in the good and bad of LGBTQ experiences. As the strong women explained winning, the faggots were surprised and then excited The faggots knew about surviving for they had always had and this was going to be just plain better That made ass kicking different Getting your ass kicked and then winning elevated the entire enterprise of making revolution This book has made me sad, and this book has made me strong It has made me sad to see that we are continuing the same conversations of racial inclusion and misogyny within the community It s tough to think you are the group finally addressing an issue only to realize your forebears talked about it as well It means you are not a part of the revolution but a part of stagnation.But it has also made me stronger Realizing that you are stuck prompts you to action And that s where we are as a country This book has helped me to realize that there is strength in difference and that the problem arises when you start to believe assimilation is the best process In the words of Martha Shelley, And now I will tell you what we want, we radical homosexuals not for you to tolerate us, or to accept us, but to understand us But the two things I loved most about this book were, first and foremost, the inclusivity of voices across the Kinsey, sexual and gender spectrums AND this pretty pink dust jacket I mean, just look at it |Read ♠ The Stonewall Reader ♷ For The Fiftieth Anniversary Of The Stonewall Uprising, An Anthology Chronicling The Tumultuous Fight For LGBTQ Rights In The S And The Activists Who Spearheaded It, With A Foreword By Edmund WhiteJune ,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 S The Anthology Focuses On The Events Of , 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 What a wonderful and educational book It furthered my knowledge and importance of Stonewall My full review is up on my blog at An excellent rendering of American queer culture before, during and after Stonewall This collection is not merely a catalogue of the riots technicalities like who threw the first brick are not given much attention here, thank God , but a breathing document that collects all the first loves, incarcerations, housing crises, brutalities, personal epiphanies and gender adventures that gave the movement radical desire and, ultimately, real power Collected are the words of drag queens and lesbians, gay men and trans women, archivists, sex workers and homeless queers, their stories documented in a range of essays, interviews and speeches What is so remarkable about this book is that it captures not only the tension and immense promise that marked the Stonewall riots, but also the early fissures that divided the movement along the lines of race, gender identity and class, and which still stymie LGBTQIA collective action today This book gave me pride in our history happy June and made me angry It made me want to throw bricks, especially at a certain conveniently shaped bullseye icon that signifies the corporate shit show Pride has become Our forebears demanded . This is a really fascinating and diverse collection of first hand writings and interviews from the Stonewall era I listened to the audio, which I recommend, especially since it comes with a PDF of who wrote and read each piece The audio is great because it s got a lot of different narrators, and some of the pieces are archival audio interviews with Eric Marcus, so it s like having extra episodes of Making Gay History within the book While many of the perspectives presented here are dated, that s kind of the point It s fascinating to hear read primary source material from such an important moment in queer history Not everything in here is about the riots, or even about Stonewall itself, but it s all from the same chapter of queer history in the US mainly in NYC, which was a hub of LGBTQIA activism at the time There are articles, excerpts, and interviews from so many icons of the movement, including Marsha P Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, and some folks I d never heard of I was angered about a lot of things, including some of the writers TERF y ideas, sexism, racism, etc , fascinated, uplifted, and overall moved by this book I highly recommend it.