The Stonewall Riots Coming out in the streets

Gayle E. Pitman

Book - 2019

"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, a...nd 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 among other period objects. A timely and necessary read, The Stonewall Riots helps readers to understand the history and legacy of the LGBTQ+ movement"--

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Published
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers [2019]
Language
English
Physical Description
xi, 196 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-188) and index.
ISBN
9781419737206
1419737201
Main Author
Gayle E. Pitman (author)
Other Authors
Fred Sargeant (writer of foreword)
  • Before the riots
  • The riots
  • Aftermath
  • Liberation
  • Epilogue.
Review by Booklist Reviews

Pitman serves as a thorough tour guide through the history of the Stonewall riots of June 1969. Beginning with a description of what it was like to be gay in America before the riots, she then covers the events during the riots and the aftermath that grew into the gay rights movement. The narrative is presented through a series of objects: photographs of places, people, or items, such as a police officer's nightstick, a parking meter, a matchbook, or a protest leaflet. Though each object only reveals a small part of the story, together they reveal a powerful picture and offer rich historical context. The story of the riots is retold in quite a few segments, but each narration provides a slightly different perspective. Pitman also describes how groups within the gay liberation movement, such as lesbians and transgender people, found that they were still marginalized. They were galvanized, however, to establish themselves as equals. A time line, notes, and a thorough bibliography round out this inviting, engaging, and well-researched approach to history. Grades 7-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Pitman takes a unique narrative approach to the Stonewall riots by introducing a series of meaningful objects associated with the historical event. The first of the objects is the Jefferson Livery Stable on Christopher Street, which eventually became the Stonewall Inn. Subsequent items of focus include a photograph of protestors; a statement of purpose from the Daughters of Bilitis, a gay women's organization; an NYPD nightstick ("officers were dressed in full riot gear" during the event); and a New York Times article reporting the raid. Many of the objects are symbolic cultural artifacts, such as Judy Garland's dress from The Wizard of Oz: "many people in the LGBT community see themselves and their experiences reflected in The Wizard of Oz." Pitman's fresh storytelling brings emotion and depth to the history of a movement and the establishment that served as an epicenter for social change. Back matter provides a timeline, significant notes on each object, and lists of additional resources. Ages 10–up. (May) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 6–9—A thorough if somewhat disjointed examination of the events before, during, and in the aftermath of the Stonewall Riots gives young readers an overview of the LGBTQ+ activism of the 1950s and 1960s. Pitman traces meeting places, social clubs, and the rise of organizations and activist groups as well as the many police raids of gay establishments, focusing on the June 28, 1969, raid on the mob-owned Stonewall Inn. Due to a lack of documented accounts, use of pseudonyms, and conflicting reports, controversies remain over the actuality of events at Stonewall. Post-Stonewall, readers learn about the increase in radical groups and visibility that challenged negative attitudes and discrimination. Pitman occasionally expands the narrative focus to examine what was happening in various places around the country and to consider other issues and movements of the time, including weaknesses and missteps in the movement for LGBTQ+ rights. The unique approach of using various objects (matchbooks, leaflets, buttons, arrest records, photographs, and more, with many reproductions too small or low resolution to read) to guide, inform, and reconstruct the story of the riots prevents a smooth narrative flow and makes the text feel repetitive as it moves back and forth in time. Back matter includes a time line, notes, bibliography, and an index. VERDICT An important look at a major moment in American history. Readers will come to understand why the iconic Stonewall Inn is now on the National Register of Historic Places, a National Historic Landmark, and a National Monument.—Amanda MacGregor, Parkview Elementary School, Rosemount, MN Copyright 2019 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"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 among other period objects. A timely and necessary read, The Stonewall Riots helps readers to understand the history and legacy of the LGBTQ+ movement"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A chronicle of gay history in America draws on news clippings, firsthand testimonies and other period sources, in a 5th anniversary account of the Stonewall Riots and other pivotal events that shaped the beginning of the LGBTQ+ movement. 1, first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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.