The Stonewall Riots : Coming Out in the Streets
Coming Out in the Streets
This book is about the Stonewall Riots, a series of spontaneous, often violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBTQ+) community in reaction to a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. The Riots are attributed as the spark that ignited the LGBTQ+ movement. The author describes American gay history leading up to the Riots, the Riots themselves, and the aftermath, and includes her interviews of people involved or witnesses, including a woman who was ten at the time. Profusely illustrated, the book includes contemporary photos, newspaper clippings, and other period objects. A timely and necessary read, The Stonewall Riots helps readers to understand the history and legacy of the LGBTQ+ movement.
Gayle E. Pitman is a professor of psychology and women and gender studies at Sacramento City College. Her research, teaching, and writing focuses heavily on gender, sexual orientation, intersectionality, and social justice. Her first children's book This Day in June won the 2015 ALA Stonewall Award. She has four other published books for children and young adults. She lives in Rio Linda, CA.