For the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, an anthology chronicling the tumultuous fight for LGBTQ rights in the 1960s and the activists who spearheaded it, with a foreword by Edmund White.
As Jason Baumann explains in his introduction, Stonewall 'has become the stuff of queer legend and debate.' The Stonewall Reader beautifully dives into that legend and debate, and its strength lies in its queer messiness ... His carefully curated volume also dispels the myth of white leadership surrounding the events at Stonewall, itself an important contribution ... Baumann accomplishes this by not only diversifying the contributors to the volume–which include figures like Marsha P. Johnson, Audre Lorde, and Sylvia Rivera alongside Samuel Delaney and Mark Segal–but also by deploying a useful teleological organization to the essays, accounts, and interviews ... The book wonderfully reflects how revolutionary moments rarely get portrayed accurately through single voices, and Baumann has produced here a history worth revisiting again and again.
[A] generous and eclectic assortment of writings about the historic event ... This significant book does welcome justice to an event that author Edmund White, who wrote the foreword, says sparked 'an oceanic change in thinking.'
...expansive ... [A] vital and dynamic narrative of the early days of gay liberation through the words of activists, writers, and other eyewitnesses ... This collection is significant for its inclusion of essays and selections from memoir that provide a more intimate understanding of the movement’s history ... This window into the daily lives of activists and ordinary people fighting passionately against injustice is illuminating and inspiring.