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Beyond Stonewall: The Push for LGBT Civil Rights


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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 Posts’ 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, “It’s Not Over, Getting to Beyond Tolerance Defeating Homophobia and Winning True Equality.”


  • President Barack Obama
  • Geane Harwood, Bruce Merrow, Sylvia Rivera, Seymor Pine, Red Mahoney, Joan Nestle, Randy Wicker, Jim Fouratt, Howard Smith, Martin Boyce aka Miss Martin, Rudy, Mama Jean, participants in Remembering Stonewall oral history project
  • Michelangelo Signorile, host of the Michelangelo Signorile Sirius XM
  • June Thomas, Culture Critic and Editor of Outward, Slate’s LGBTQ section


  • Host: Laura Flynn
  • Producers: David Isay and New America NYC
  • Special thanks to Pacifica Radio Archives for “Remembering Stonewall: The Birth of a Movement” produced by David Isay for Pacifica Radio,  New America NYC for “It’s Not Over: Winning True Equality.”

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