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    We Are Everywhere Book Cover Picture
    We Are Everywhere Book Cover Picture

    We Are Everywhere

    by Matthew Riemer and Leighton Brown

    A rich and sweeping photographic history of the Queer Liberation Movement, from the creators and curators of the massively popular Instagram account @lgbt_history, released in time for the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
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    We Are Everywhere Book Cover Picture

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    Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution Book Cover Picture
    Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution Book Cover Picture

    Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution

    by Rob Sanders

    Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising with the very first picture book to tell of its historic and inspiring role in the gay civil rights movement.
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    The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later Book Cover Picture
    The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later Book Cover Picture

    The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later

    by Moises Kaufman, Tectonic Theater Project, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti and Andy Paris

    On October 7, 1998, a young gay man was discovered bound to a fence outside Laramie, Wyoming, savagely beaten and left to die in an act of brutality and hate that shocked the nation. Matthew Shepard’s death became a national symbol of intolerance, but for the people of the town, the event was deeply personal. In the aftermath, Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project went to Laramie and conducted more than 200 interviews with its citizens. From the transcripts, the playwrights constructed an extraordinary chronicle of life in the town after the murder.
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    What Was Stonewall? Book Cover Picture
    What Was Stonewall? Book Cover Picture

    What Was Stonewall?

    by Nico Medina and Who HQ

    How did a spontaneous protest outside of a New York City bar fifty years ago spark a social movement across America? Find out about the history of LGBTQ rights in this Who HQ title.
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    What Was Stonewall? Book Cover Picture

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    Stonewall Book Cover Picture
    Stonewall Book Cover Picture

    Stonewall

    by Martin Duberman

    In Stonewall, renowned historian and activist Martin Duberman tells the full story of this pivotal moment in history. With riveting narrative skill, he re-creates those revolutionary, sweltering nights in vivid detail through the lives of six people who were drawn into the struggle for LGBTQ rights. Their stories combine to form an unforgettable portrait of the repression that led up to the riots, which culminates when they triumphantly participate in the first gay rights march of 1970, the roots of today’s pride marches.
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    Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag Book Cover Picture
    Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag Book Cover Picture

    Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag

    by Rob Sanders

    In this deeply moving and empowering true story, young readers will trace the life of the Gay Pride Flag, from its beginnings in 1978 with social activist Harvey Milk and designer Gilbert Baker to its spanning of the globe and its role in today’s world.
    Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag Book Cover Picture
    Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag Book Cover Picture

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    The Stonewall Reader Book Cover Picture
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    The Stonewall Reader

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    The Stonewall Reader is a collection of first accounts, diaries, periodic literature, and articles from LGBTQ magazines and newspapers that documented both the years leading up to and the years following the riots. Most importantly the anthology spotlights both iconic activists who were pivotal in the movement, such as Sylvia Rivera, co-founder of Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (STAR), as well as forgotten figures like Ernestine Eckstein, one of the few out, African American, lesbian activists in the 1960s.
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    Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights Book Cover Picture
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    Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights

    by Ann Bausum

    In 1969 being gay in the United States was a criminal offense. It meant living a closeted life or surviving on the fringes of society. People went to jail, lost jobs, and were disowned by their families for being gay. Most doctors considered homosexuality a mental illness. There were few safe havens. The Stonewall Inn, a Mafia-run, filthy, overpriced bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village, was one of them.
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    A Queer History of the United States Book Cover Picture
    A Queer History of the United States Book Cover Picture

    A Queer History of the United States

    by Michael Bronski

    A Queer History of the United States Book Cover Picture
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    Hidden from History Book Cover Picture
    Hidden from History Book Cover Picture

    Hidden from History

    by

    This richly revealing anthology brings together for the first time the vital new scholarly studies now lifting the veil from the gay and lesbian past. Such notable researchers as John Boswell, Shari Benstock, Carroll Smith-Rosenberg, Jeffrey Weeks and John D’Emilio illuminate gay and lesbian life as it evolved in places as diverse as the Athens of Plato, Renaissance Italy, Victorian London, jazz Age Harlem, Revolutionary Russia, Nazi Germany, Castro’s Cuba, post-World War II San Francisco.
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