June 28 marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, a series of violent protests in New York’s Greenwich Village by members of the gay community who were tired of living an underground life. Sparked by a police raid at the Stonewall Inn, the multi-day uprising is credited as the beginning of the gay liberation movement, one of many social movements to come out of the turbulent 60s.
Love and Resistance: Out of the Closet into the Stonewall Era (2019) is a new collection of candid photographs from the New York Public Library archives by Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies chronicling the early days of the gay liberation movement into four chapters: visibility, love, pride, and protest.
The Stonewall Reader (2019) is a collection of narratives (also from the New York Public Library archives) by activists, writers, and eye witnesses at the time, journaling the Stonewall era and painting a vivid picture of the environment of persecution that gave birth to the gay rights movement.
Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights (2015), written for teens by Ann Bausum, tells the story of the raid and subsequent riot while exploring the context from which the LGBTQ+ movement erupted and its rocky path over the decades since.
A children’s book, Stonewall: A Building, an Uprising, a Revolution (2019), by Rob Sanders, tells the story from the perspective of the Stonewall Inn as it witnesses history. Families wanting to share this story with their kids will appreciate the gentle approach which emphasizes the bravery of participants. At the back, the book concludes with photos and an interview with a participant, Martin Boyce, who describes the unifying effect that the uprising had for the gay community.
This month, Kanopy is featuring PBS’s documentary Stonewall Uprising as well a number of films celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month. If you haven’t signed up for Kanopy yet, simple instructions will get you started so that you can stream up to five films per month.
You can access all of the LGBTQ material in our collection by simply typing “LGBTQ” into the search box of our catalog. If we are missing something you would like to read or view, let us know!
You can access the New York Public Library’s photo collection online.