This week on Making Contact, we go back to the night in June, 1969 at the New York City Stonewall Inn that sparked the LGBT rights movement. On today’s show, we’ll hear about the day that galvanized a generation and the continued fight for LGBT civil rights.
The first Pride parades took place in June, 1970, marking the 1st anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Michael Schirker and David Isay bring us an oral history, Remembering Stonewall: The Birth of a Movement. Editor-at-Large of the Huffington Post’s Gay Voices Michelangelo Signorile says while there have been a series of recent wins for the LGBT rights movement, bigotry remains a daily reality for many. At a New America NYC forum, Signorile spoke with June Thomas, Culture Critic and Editor of Outward, Slate‘s LGBTQ Section, about what he calls “victory blindness”. It’s a central theme in his new book, titled It’s Not Over, Getting to Beyond Tolerance Defeating Homophobia and Winning True Equality.
Special thanks to Pacifica Radio Archives for Remembering Stonewall: The Birth of a Movement, produced by David Isay for Pacifica Radio http://www.pacificaradioarchives.org
Special thanks to New America NYC for It’s Not Over: Winning True Equality https://www.newamerica.org/nyc/its-not-over-2/
Host: Laura Flynn
Producers: Andrew Stelzer, George Lavender, and Jasmin Lopez
Contributing Producer: David Isay and New America NYC
Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
Web Editor: Kwan Booth