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From Stonewall to today: LGBTQ+ moments of resilience

A gay and lesbian pride parade marches through the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston in 1975.
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A gay and lesbian pride parade marches through the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston in 1975.

This hour, we take a deep dive into LGBTQ+ Pride and history. We’ll talk about Stonewall, but also other moments in the LGBTQ+ rights movement that don’t get as much attention.

Pride month began 54 years ago today, June 28. Historian Marc Stein describes LGBTQ+ movements that happened before the Stonewall Uprising and two protests that occurred in Bridgeport .

Archivist, Frank Perez and documentarian Sheri Wright tell the tragic story of The Upstairs Lounge, a popular New Orleans gay bar in the 1970’s.

Beau Lancaster is an LGBTQ+ historian currently working on a documentary about Blues Bar - a popular New York City bar among the Black LGBTQ+ community.


  • Marc Stein: Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Professor of History at San Francisco State University; director of the OutHistory; coeditor of Queer Pasts, a digital history project.
  • Frank Perez: Co-founder and Executive Director of LGBT+ Archives Project
  • Sheri Wright: Visual artist and producer of Tracking Fire: Finding Hope in the Aftermath of Hate, a documentary in production about the Upstairs Lounge and Pulse Nightclub.
  • Beau Lancaster: LGBTQ+ historian and content creator; Adjunct Professor at The City University of New York; producing the documentary Gay, Black, and Blue: The Raid on Blues Bar.

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Wayne Edwards is a freelance producer at Connecticut Public contributing to multi-platform productions, including ‘Disrupted’, ‘Where Art Thou?’, and ‘Cutline in the Community’.<br/><br/>
Kevin Chang Barnum is a producer for Connecticut Public Radio’s weekly show Disrupted. Kevin grew up in Connecticut and started his radio work at his graduate university’s radio station, KUCI. He has also worked for HRN, a network of food and beverage podcasts.
Dr. Khalilah L. Brown-Dean is an award-winning scholar at Wesleyan University, author, and host of 'Disrupted' on Connecticut Public.
Meg Dalton is the director of audio storytelling and talk shows for Connecticut Public where she oversees the station’s talk shows and podcasts, including the limited series 'In Absentia'.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.