Essential Reads About the Stonewall Uprising

This year marks the 51st anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. While the fight for queer liberation began long before Stonewall, it remains a crucial piece of queer history and an important moment in the history of LGBTQ+ activism. Stonewall is also an essential part of American history. More than any other event, it brought the lives and struggles of LGBTQIA+ people into the mainstream American consciousness. And while we’ve come a long way since 1969, understanding what happened at Stonewall, the events leading up to the uprising, and the movements it helped spark

Happily, there are dozens of queer history books about Stonewall that celebrate its legacy. The six books on this list are only some of many, but they represent some of the best writing about Stonewall out there. They include LGBTQIA+ history books that provide context for the uprising, exploring gay life before 1969 and the history and importance of gay bars. Some of them are anthologies that tell he story of Stonewall in the words of the people who were there. Others look at how LGBTQIA+ activism has changed in the decades since Stonewall. Pride Month may be ending, but reading about queer history should be a year-round project for all of us. Whether you’re a member of the LGBTQIA+ community or not, you’ll want to pick up one (or all) of these incredible books. I guarantee they’ll not only teach you something new, but move and inspire you as well.