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Shout It Out: The Stonewall Uprising at 50

GUEST HOST: DENIS O'HARE

Stonewall At 50

In 1969, an uprising in response to a police raid at a gay bar in New York City became the turning point for LGBTQIA+ rights in America.

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Guest host Denis O’Hare joins us in celebrating the landmark event that helped give birth to the modern movement for LGBTQIA+ rights in America. On this special program, we first hear eyewitness accounts of the riots drawn from The Stonewall Reader, published by Penguin Classics and edited by The New York Public Library. Memoirs by Jayne County, Mark Segal, Lucian Truscott IV, and Holly Woodlawn are read by Ivory Aquino, Kate Bornstein, Michael Early, and Beth Malone. Next, we hear about the origins of the Gay Pride March one year after the riots when Ivory Aquino and Kate Bornstein perform Perry Brass’s “We Did It.”

In addition to honoring and remembering Stonewall, we're featuring works that highlight changes that have occurred over the past 50 years since the riots, with comments by Tobin Low and Kathy Tu, hosts of the Nancy podcast from WNYC Studios, fierce and touching poems by trans artist Kay Ulanday Barrett, and a short story by Gary Eldon Peter, “The Wedding,” in which a gay man at a straight wedding imagines a possible wedding of his own. The story is performed by John Benjamin Hickey.

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