June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month which, as defined by the Law Library of Congress, "commemorates the events of June 1969 and works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for LGBT Americans." June was established as Pride Month in 1994, hence the title and description refers only to people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender. Today, the more inclusive abbreviation LGBTQ+ is used to refer to the community Pride celebrates.
For legislation, Presidential Proclamations, and Executive Orders pertaining to this commemoration, visit the Law Library of Congress' Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month page.
June 28, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the events at Stonewall. Read Teaching Tolerance's piece about what happened at Stonewall, why it matters, and why it is important to note that while Stonewall is often cited as the start - of Pride, of LGBTQ+ activism, of the community's fight for civil rights - "Stonewall wasn’t a beginning. It was a culmination."
Stonewall Forever Created in collaboration with the National Park Service to extend "the reach of Stonewall National Monument beyond its physical location," this web site provides personal accounts and memorabilia to "tell the diverse stories of the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and the surrounding years of activism from 1968-1971."
The Night the Stonewall Inn Became a Proud Shrine NYT article published on the 50th anniversary recounts the events of June 27, 1969. (Current SJR State students, faculty & staff can get free, unlimited access to the New York Times - here's how to register.)
When Resistance Became Too Loud to Ignore This NYT article discussing current exhibits that "celebrate Stonewall and the movement’s charismatic personalities" provides links to those exhibits, related NYT articles, and informative sites about the "personalities," organizations, and events surrounding Stonewall. (Current SJR State students, faculty & staff can get free, unlimited access to the New York Times - here's how to register.)
"Wrong, plain and simple": NYPD apologizes for raid that led to Stonewall riots The apology was issued on June 6, 2019.
American Experience: Stonewall Uprising from PBS is currently streaming for free:
Books at the SJR State Library about Stonewall
Books may be checked out by community patrons as well as SJR State students faculty and staff. If a title is located at another campus, the book may be sent to another campus upon request.
Books at the SJR State Library about LGBTQ+ History
Books may be checked out by community patrons as well as SJR State students faculty and staff. If a title is located at another campus, the book may be sent to another campus upon request. These titles provide general information about the topic. For books by or about individuals, specific events, or related subjects, search the Library catalog.
Book list updated 10/10/19