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The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2019-05-31 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1419737201
LANGUAGE:English

"This book should be in all schools; it provides a clear and detailed description of the events leading up to and following the Stonewall Riots bringing to life not just the historical events but the emotions and issues surrounding them. The characters involved are vividly realised and engaging without sentimentality or hero worship - the struggle is real and detailed in its breadth of concerns . Gayle Pitman manages to give meticulously researched historical detail whilst retaining the strong narrative and also provides further fascinating notes at the end. I thought I was fairly well informed about the riots but learned a lot from this reading and gained a greater depth of understanding. Highly recommended." said.

" I admit to knowing not a lot about the history of LGBT+ activism. This book is a great introduction to one of the main events that led to the movement gaining traction. It included a brief history of what led up to the Stonewall Riots in New York and eyewitness accounts of what happened on those nights and a timeline of main events in history (across the 60s and 70s) that moved the activismfrom the shadows and into the spotlight, explaining why we have pride today. " said.

" I need more queer history books, and this one looks fantastic. Also, the cover is incredible. " said.

"Pitman’s newest nonfiction foray is timely as the Stonewall Riots celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. Within, Pitman has done copious research, conducted interviews, and collected various primary resources to support the context of the Stonewall Riots. However, it seems, from this eARC, that it is a first draft and not well organized. The timeline jumps around, introduces people multiple times, and overall is a mess. Hopefully, this can be corrected before publishing in May. Additionally, it is quite dry. I didn’t ever feel very invested in the people portrayed, despite many of them being ripe for empathy and characterization. Nevertheless, I did learn a lot about the Stonewall Riots and the birth of the LGBTQIA+ movement. " said.

"In The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets, Gayle Pitman gives younger readers (middle grade and up) a history of LGBTQ discrimination and the fight for equal rights, with Stonewall as the pivot point.

In an age-appropriate but non-reductive way, Pitman conveys how dangerous it was for people to be gay in the 1950s and 1960s, as well as how widespread internalized homophobia was. She also puts the gay liberation movement in context with other movements going on in the '60s, giving readers a sense of how quickly and dramatically these movements arose, and how people had to utilize direct action because traditional forms of political activity (naturally) weren't effective. She shows the complexity of everything leading up to the Stonewall Riots, and how everyone in the LGBTQ community was affected, not just cis white gay men. The liberation movement had to be a collective effort, and the book reflects that by including people from all walks of life, such as Stormé DeLarverie, Marsha P. Johnson, and Sylvia Rivera. I was disappointed that Miss Major was not included, though, and would have liked to have seen just a bit more time spent on the T in LGBTQ.

A variety of sources are included so readers can get as big a picture as possible: Here's what we have concrete evidence of. Here's where there's no official record, and people who were there have conflicting accounts. Here are their accounts, regardless. She puts that conflicting information out on the table, without judgment, without favoring one over the other. The Stonewall Inn's history and role in LGBTQ community is more complicated (and contradictory) than we often hear. This haven wasn't exactly what you'd call a "safe haven." History is more complicated (and contradictory) than we might realize, too. The Stonewall Riots asks readers to stretch their minds, to think critically, and to remember that, even when precise historical information isn't available, we can still find overall themes and learn from the information we do have.
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" This is an excellent overview of an important piece of queer history. I am confident that schools will soon be using excerpts (if not the whole text) from this book in humanities classrooms. I intend to utilize this book in my own classroom this June! " said.

" I received an e-arc from Edelweiss plus in exchange for an honest reviewThis book is really engaging and important, managing to capture the atmosphere at the time, as well as what happened before and after the riot.Full review to come! " said.

" This is a good history of the Stonewall Riots, appropriate for tweens and anyone older. The book contains lots of photographs of artifacts from the time and utilizes primary sources whenever possible. This is an excellent book that belongs on every library's shelf.I received a complimentary copy of this book through Netgalley for the purposes of review. " said.

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