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Queer Editorial

stonewallbook19.jpg Not just for young readers!
 

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots this year and a new book, ‘The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets’ – which is principally aimed at younger readers – has much to recommend it to anyone interested in this era-defining event.

The Stonewall Riots were a series of spontaneous, often violent, demonstrations carried out by members of the gay community in reaction to a police raid that took place in the early hours of 28 June, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of Manhattan. The acclaimed author Gayle E. Pitman describes American gay history leading up to the riots, the riots themselves and the aftermath, and includes interviews with some of the people involved. There has been many accounts of these events over the years, some of them a bit dry and academic, but this book is brimming with news clipping, photographs, buttons and other period objects and is an entertaining read, not just for teenagers, but for anyone interested in understanding the beginnings of the modern LGBTQ+ movement.

The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets has just been published by Abrams Books.