The Stonewall Legacy: Activism and Identity - Oral Histories

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The Stonewall Legacy: Activism and Identity - Oral Histories


Stonewall Rebellion and the Emergence of the Gay Liberation Movement


The Stonewall "Activism and Identity" oral history interviews were undertaken to document and archive the voices of those involved in the LGBT rights movement and to engage the public in the history of the movement.

Those who would like to contribute to the conversation should submit a contributor form with your thoughts and indicate whether you would like to be interviewed, send a written response or submit an image or document supporting the topic. All of the above may be published on the site in the future pending review.


Christopher Gioia




Christopher Gioia




Michael Bettinger, John D'Emilio, Bruce Monroe, Felice Picano, Mark Segal, Martha Shelley,Wendell Walker, Rich Wandel


Copyright, Christopher Gioia, 2016


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Felice Picano Interview
Felice Picano, a gay author and memoirist who lived through and participated in the early gay liberation movement, shares his memories about Stonewall Inn, the West Village and Gay culture in the sixties. He provides insights into the riots and their…

John D'Emilio Interview
Historian John D’Emilio shares his memories of growing up in New York City in the 1960’s and being introduced to the “gay world” of the Village, including visits to The Stonewall Inn in 1968. John’s experiences reflect his upbringing and his…

Martha Shelley Interview
Martha Shelley is an activist, writer and poet (as well as an English teacher in a "former life" as she explains). Martha was a member of the Daughter's of Bilitis, an early homophile organization for lesbians. At the time of the Stonewall…

Wendell Walker Interview
An interview with Wendell Walker concerning the gay liberation movement, the 10 year anniversary of Stonewall, march on Washington and other topics related to the experience of being gay in New York City.

Rich Wandel Interview
Rich Wandel, the founder of the LGBT Community Center National History Archive, discusses his coming out, his role in the Gay Activists Alliance and Mattachine Society and the legacy of Stonewall and the Gay Liberation movement.

Michael Bettinger Interview
Michael Bettinger, a pioneer in queer family therapy, discusses his experience with the Stonewall rebellion and the Gay Liberation movement as well as his memories of activism and milestones in gay history in both New York and San Francisco.

Bruce Monroe Interview
Bruce Monroe remembers a visit to the Stonewall Inn in 1969 as well as his memories of New York City gay life in the 1970's.

Mark Segal Interview
Mark Segal, journalist and the founder of Philadelphia Gay News discusses the night of the Stonewall riot and the creation of the Gay Liberation Front as it relates to the broader gay rights movement.
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