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On June 28, 2014, the 45th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, StoryCorps inaugurated OutLoud, a three-year project to capture the experiences of LGBTQ people. In particular the project will seek stories from young people, minorities, and those who lived before the uprising, which was a response by gays to a police raid on the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village and helped precipitate the gay rights movement.
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By D. Richardson on 06-20-16
This was a really nice listen. It did fee like listening to an NPR segment. In retrospect, Ari Shapiro doing the narration was probably the reason. Now whether you agree or disagree with their lifestyle is not the point. At least it wasn't for me. The people who shared their life stories for StoryCorps are brief, but they are important stories of fear, shame, triumph and most importantly love. With the recent attack in Orlando, I think it's important to recognize how much hate (and love) is still directed to members of the LGBTQ community.
Apart from the StoryCorps oral interviews is a history of the Stonewall Riots. Also mentioned is the story of Kitty Genovese. I recognized the name but didn't realize until listening that there is more to her story. Both are brief, but they encouraged me to have a Wikipedia moment. Ultimately I was able to recognize that there's no big difference between their voices and mine. No gulf. Just people.
Even a day later I remember the stories of "the adoptive parent", "the war widow" and the really old lady and her f bombs! Very moving.