Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights
Written by Ann Bausum
Narrated by Tim Federle & Ann Bausum
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Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights
Written by Ann Bausum | Narrated by Tim Federle & Ann Bausum
In 1969, there were few havens for the gay community — and the Stonewall was one of them. But what started as a routine gay bar raid would go on to spark the LGBTQ rights movement. With narration that “wrings all the emotion from this gripping history” (AudioFile), this short yet powerful audiobook is “comprehensive in its coverage, filled with important information, and compassionate in its tone” (Booklist).


That’s the Stonewall.The Stonewall Inn.Pay attention.History walks through that door.

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.

Police raids on gay bars happened regularly in this era. But one hot June night, when cops pounded on the door of the Stonewall, almost nothing went as planned. Tensions were high. The crowd refused to go away. Anger and frustration boiled over.

The raid became a riot.

The riot became a catalyst.

The catalyst triggered an explosive demand for gay rights.

Ann Bausum’s riveting exploration of the Stonewall Riots and the national Gay Rights movement that followed is eye-opening, unflinching, and inspiring.

Categories: Nonfiction
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Run time: 3 hours and 6 minutes
Unabridged Audiobook

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