June is National LGBT Pride Month, in addition to that this year marks the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots which took place in June 1969. Here’s a brief summary of the riots thanks to an online exhibition curated by Columbia University’s library:
On Friday evening, June 27, 1969, the New York City tactical police force raided a popular Greenwich Village gay bar, the Stonewall Inn. Raids were not unusual in 1969; in fact, they were conducted regularly without much resistance. However, that night the street erupted into violent protest as the crowds in the bar fought back. The backlash and several nights of protest that followed have come to be known as the Stonewall Riots.
Prior to that summer there was little public expression of the lives and experiences of gays and lesbians. The Stonewall Riots marked the beginning of the gay liberation movement that has transformed the oppression of gays and lesbians into calls for pride and action. In the past twenty-five years we have all been witness to an astonishing flowering of gay culture that has changed this country and beyond, forever.
If you’re interested in learning more, check out their exhibit or you can check out some of the resources here in the SCC Library which include:
- American Experience: The Stonewall Uprising [DVD]
Call #HQ 76.8 .U6 A447 2011
- Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution
Call # HQ 76 .C315 2004
We also have a small display celebrating LGBT Pride Month on the first floor of the library between our New Books and Popular Books bookshelves. Feel free to check out any of the titles we’ve put out.
You also might want to take a minute and read Barack Obama’s Presidential Proclamation about LGBT Pride Month.
AND if you haven’t been before, check out PrideFest in St. Louis this June 🙂