STONEWALL by Ann Bausum
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STONEWALL

Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights
Age Range: 13 - 16
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Pennies, glass bottles, a parking meter, and a kick line: how a police raid became a community’s symbol of freedom.

June 28, 1969: the night the gay bar Stonewall was raided by the police for the second time in a week to stop a blackmail operation. What began as a supposedly routine police raid ended with over 2,000 angry, fed-up protesters fighting against the police in New York’s West Village. Bausum eloquently and thoughtfully recounts it all, from the violent arrest of a young lesbian by the police to an angry, mocking, Broadway-style kick line of young men protesting against New York’s Tactical Control Force. Bausum not only recounts the action of the evening in clear, blow-by-blow journalistic prose, she also is careful to point out assumptions and misunderstandings that might also have occurred during the hot summer night. Her narrative feels fueled by rage and empowerment and the urge to tell the truth. She doesn’t bat an eye when recounting the ways that the LGBT fought to find freedom, love, and the physical manifestations of those feelings, whether at the Stonewall Inn or inside the back of a meat truck parked along the Hudson River. Readers coming of age at a time when state after state is beginning to celebrate gay marriage will be astonished to return to a time when it was a crime for a man to wear a dress.

Enlightening, inspiring, and moving. (Nonfiction. 13-16)

Pub Date: May 5th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-670-01679-2
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 2015




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