Love & Resistance: LGBTQ Memoirs

By Gwen Glazer, Librarian
February 4, 2019

After the riots at the Stonewall Inn in June 1969, the LGBTQ civil rights movement went from a few dozen pioneering activists to a national movement that mobilized thousands. In 2019, The New York Public Library commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.

And as we continue to look back at the legacy of Stonewall, we wanted to recognize some LGBTQ writers talking about their own experiences, in their own words. 

To learn more about the riots specifically, and the history of LGBTQ activism in general, check out the core reading list from the Library’s collections. You can also find amazing archival photographs by Kay Tobin Lahusen and Diana Davies and more in our Digital Collections, plus a specialized Stonewall 50 research guide and extensive electronic resources for a deeper dive into our archives. 

Have trouble reading standard print? Many of these titles are available in formats for patrons with print disabilities.

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