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Beyond Stonewall:The Push for LGBT Civil Rights


We go back to the night in June 1969 at the New York City Stonewall Inn that sparked the LGBT rights movement. On today’s show we’ll hear about the day that galvanized a generation and the continued fight for LGBT civil rights. The first Pride parades took place in June 1970 marking the 1st anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Michael Schirker and David Isay bring us an oral history Remembering Stonewall: The Birth of a Movement. Editor at large of the Huffington Posts’ Gay Voices Michelangelo Signorile says while there have been a series of recent wins for the LGBT rights movement, bigotry remains a daily reality for many. At a  New America NYC forum Signorile spoke with June Thomas, Culture Critic and Editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ Section about what he calls “victory blindness”. It’s a central theme in his new book, titled “It’s Not Over, Getting to Beyond Tolerance Defeating Homophobia and Winning True Equality.”

Special thanks to Pacifica Radio Archives for “Remembering Stonewall: The Birth of a Movement” produced by David Isay for Pacifica Radio

Special thanks to New America NYC for It’s Not Over: Winning True Equality

Featuring: President Barack Obama, Geane Harwood, Bruce Merrow, Sylvia Rivera, Deputy Inspector Seymor Pine, Red Mahoney; Joan Nestle, founder of the Lesbian Herstory Archive; Randy Wicker; Jim Fouratt, yippie leader and helped found the Gay Liberation Front; Howard Smith, reporter for the Village Voice; Martin Boyce aka Miss Martin, Rudy; Mama Jean; Michelangelo Signorile host of the Michelangelo Signorile Sirius XM, editor at large of the Huffington Posts’ Gay Voices, and author of It’s Not Over, Getting Beyond Tolerance Defeating Homphobia and Winning True Equality; and June Thomas, Culture Critic and Editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section.

More information:

Remembering Stonewall: a radio documentary on the birth of a movement / narrated by Michael Schirker and produced by David Isay.

Soundportraits: Remembering Stonewall full transcripts

Brain Pickings: After Stonewall: The First-Ever Pride Parades in Vintage Photos

Columbia: Stonewall and Beyond: Lesbian and Gay Culture

The Pacifica Radio/UC Berkeley Social Activism Sound Recording Project: Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transsexual History

New America NYC: It’s Not Over: Winning True Equality

Huffington Post, Gay Voices: Michelangelo Signorile On ‘It’s Not Over’ And The Future Of The LGBT Movement

Think Progress: 9 States With Anti-Gay Laws That Aren’t That Different From Russia’s

Time: How Gay Rights Won in Indiana

The Leadership Conference: LGBT Civil Rights

HuffPost, Gay Voices: As the Wedge Turns: Is a Federal LGBT Civil Rights Act Actually Feasible in the Near Future?


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