Mtn. Talk: Remembering Stonewall
For the month of June we’re celebrating LGBTQ+ history month! Every Monday in June we’ll bring you a full hour focused on national, regional and local queer histories, as well as stories about queer life in our region today.
This episode is the first in our month-long series, and we’re starting with national LGBTQ history by remembering Stonewall. The Stonewall Inn was a gay bar in New York City, where in June of 1969, after a commonly occurring police raid, the queer folks at the bar fought back. The riots were led by trans women of color including Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, and this historic event marks the beginning of the modern gay rights movement.
In this show, we’ll hear two audio histories of Stonewall. The first from Making Contact was produced in 2015. It includes excerpts from an oral history project about the Stonewall Riots and includes an interview with Editor at large of the Huffington Posts’ Gay Voices Michelangelo Signorile. The second from Outcasting, an LGBTQ youth podcast, which was produced in 2017, and features an interview with Dr. Karla Jay, a longtime activist and author. She was involved in the second wave of feminism and was the first female chair of the Gay Liberation Front, an early post-Stonewall activist group. She is also a retired Distinguished Professor of Queer Studies and Women’s Studies at Pace University in New York City.
Over the past decade issues affecting LGBTQ+ rights have changed a whole lot, and they continue to change today. Because of the rapidly changing nature of these issues, some of the information in these episodes is outdated. Nonetheless, we’re proud to begin our Pride Month programming celebrating the historic Stonewall uprising.