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images from the American Experience film...

William N. Eskridge, Jr.,
author and professor at Yale University

Virginia Apuzzo, former executive director of the
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Martin Boyce, Stonewall Riots participant

John O'Brien, Stonewall Riots particip ant,
cofounder Gay Liberation Front

Dick Leitsch, former president of the Mattachine Society of New York

Doric Wilson, Stonewall Riots witness, playwright and founder of The Other Side of Silence theater company and TOSOSII

Yvonne Ritter, arrested first night of Stonewall Riots

David Carter with Doric Wilson and Dick Leitsch

all images © eric marcus













The Advocate Gay Pride issue
Read my feature story on the Stonewall Riots

June 11, 2009
Pioneering Protests for Civil Rights
Frank Kameny exhibition, Washington, DC

June 16, 2009
Stonewall National Historic Landmark
A Panel Discussion at the
The LGBT Center

June 16, 2009
AARP: TV interview
click on text to watch the video

June 17, 2009
Stonewall: Myth, History & Symbol
Lecture at the
New York Public Library

June TBA
Stonewall: Why an Event Became a Symbol
Article in The Gay & Lesbian Review

June 22, 2009
American Experience film excerpts (pdf download)
film & panel discussion, New York Public Library, 6:30 PM

NEW!  June 23, 11 AM                   
Brian Lehrer Show
WNYC 93.9 FM and AM 820
Stonewall 40th Anniversary Program
live video stream here
after Tuesday's live broadcast: go here

July 16, 2009
Fresh Fruit Festival
Reading at the Lincoln Center Barnes & Noble

June 30, 2009        
Listen Now!
documentary on the Stonewall Riots for which I was the
consultant will be broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC2.

October 3, 2009
Gerber/Hart Library Annual Benefit, Chicago
Keynote Speaker

April 2010
Anticipated broadcast date for the American Experience film on the
Stonewall Riots,  based on Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay

























the BBC Stonewall Documentary


Title: Stonewall : the riots that triggered the gay revolution

Date: 30/06/09     Time: 2230 - 2330

Producer : Joby Waldman

In June 1969 a police raid on a gay bar in Greenwich Village exploded into a night of violent protest. What followed was a week of rioting with pitched battles between the New York gay community and riot police. It was a watershed in gay history– inspiring a new militant phase in the gay rights movement. Forty years on, We revisit the story and ask why the word Stonewall still has such a powerful resonance for gay people around the world.

During the 1960's homosexuality was still classified as a mental illness in the US, with 'sufferers' subject to frequent victimisation from the police, and society at large. As a private members bar the Stonewall offered a refuge of sorts where gay people were allowed to dance freely together. When police entered the bar shortly after midnight on a hot and humid Friday night in 1969, it exploded in unprecedented fashion.

We'll hear from Seymour Pine, the policeman who led the raid and Howard Smith, the journalist stuck inside when the riot began. We'll also hear from the New York gay community about the rebellion and how the rallying in subsequent months led to a sea change in gay rights activism and the establishment of the annual Gay Pride parade to mark the riots. We'll return to the Stonewall Inn as it is today to find out what resonance the word Stonewall has for the next generation of gay people. In 2009 has the battle been won?

This is the first in depth BBC documentary in any medium on the Stonewall Riots.
The programme will feature previously unheard archive interviews with late activists Craig Rodwell and Barbara Gittings, plus freshly recorded eye witness interviews.
The programme consultant is David Carter, author of the 2004 book Stonewall, widely celebrated for providing a rigorous account of the riots and debunking many of the myths surrounding the rebellion.
This 60 minute documentary will broadcast first on the BBC on 30th June 2009.
Stonewall : the riots that triggered the gay revolution is a Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 2. All rights remain with Somethin' Else.

A sound clip from the documentary as a work in progress:
Seymour Pine, who led the raid on the Stonewall Inn, and Howard Smith, a Village Voice reporter trapped inside the Stonewall Inn with the police, recall the Stonewall Uprising.