Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights

Book - 2015
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
"A dramatic retelling of the Stonewall riots of 1969, introducing teen readers to the decades-long struggle for gay rights"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Penguin Group USA 2015
New York : Viking Books for Young Readers, 2015
ISBN: 9780670016792
Branch Call Number: J 307. 7660 BAU
Characteristics: 128 p.


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This is the Stonewall Inn. Pay attention. History walks through that door. In 1969 being gay in the United States was a criminal offense. This is the story of how the riots that broke out turned into the civil rights movement. Ages 10+

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Feb 28, 2016

This is a quick, interesting read about the history of LGBT movement and Stonewall riots. While the book gives an intense account of the raid that led to the riots, it still seems incomplete. The author focuses on a reporter and police officer during the original riot, and doesn’t draw as complete a picture of the protesters. The best parts of the book are about the aftermath of the riots and protests, and all the ground covered by the LGBT movement since then.

Nov 10, 2015

A quick and delightful read, this book reveals the brave and heroic path LGBT people and our allies have forged on the way toward equality. I found this account of the Stonewall riots to be impressively clear, concise, entertaining, and heart-felt. The book has its flaws: some of its language was uncomfortably out of date, especially when it comes to referring to transgendered people. I also would have liked to have seen more of the story focus on lesbians, transgendered people, and people of color. Both intentionally and unintentionally, this book makes it clear that equality is a work in progress.

ALEX FALCK Jun 12, 2015

I was very disappointed. This book erased the role of transgender people in the Stonewall Riot and the activism that followed.

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