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In the Shadow of Stonewall

On the mixed legacies of Pride and queer liberation.

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June is Pride Month—a celebration born out of the 1969 Stonewall riots, when the patrons of the Greenwich Village gay bar took up action against a police raid. 

This week’s list features essays from our vast archive on the mixed legacies of Pride and queer liberation, featuring writing on the state of queer and trans rights today, essays on gay and lesbian fiction and criticism, and the relationship between radical queer movements and the institutional victories they made possible. 

Two prominent litigators discuss decades of progress, the backlash today, and the road ahead.

Shannon Price Minter, Jennifer L. Levi, Paisley Currah

Our ideas about sexuality and gender have changed before, and now they’re changing again.

Hugh Ryan

A sharp uptick in challenges to U.S. antidiscrimination laws threatens decades of progress in extending civil rights to all.

Louise Melling

Companies are unreliable allies in the fight for queer rights and social justice.

Joanna Wuest

In the fight for LGBTQ equality, the law is often the last thing to change.

Mary Bernstein

Gender rarely lives up to our expectations, and a lot of what we think of as gender actually has more to do with race and money.

Kathryn Bond Stockton

On the successes and agonies of a legalistic approach to gay activism.

Samuel Clowes Huneke

Adhering to a particular sexual or gender identity may mean abandoning the things that make us most unique.

Mark D. Jordan

During the AIDS crisis, different contingents of the LGBTQ movement set aside their differences to prioritize mutual care.

Amy Hoffman

On the world gay liberationists hoped to create.

Micki McElya

Novelist Andrea Lawlor talks trans identity, the origins of Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl, and the future of queer literature.

Spencer Quong, Andrea Lawlor

Did the success of gay marriage erode the radical potential of queer politics?

Hugh Ryan

“I’m known as a sex radical, but the fact is I felt there was a world of experience that had been slipping away.”

Samuel R. Delany

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Jodi Dean responds to Ayça Çubukçu’s “Many Speak for Palestine.”

Jodi Dean, Ayça Çubukçu

So many simply leaving.

Daniel Halpern

Is partition the only path to self-determination?

Leila Farsakh

Can the nation-state serve social justice?

Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò leads a forum with Thea Riofrancos, Mariame Kaba & Andrea Ritchie, Ishac Diwan & Bright Simons, and others. Plus Leila Farsakh on Palestinian statehood, Astra Taylor and Leah Hunt-Hendrix on a “solidarity state,” Joshua Craze on rule by militia, and much more. 

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