the book

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book summary

In June 1969, police raided New York gay bar the Stonewall Inn and the LGBTQ equality movement was born. Pride charts the events of that night in New York, the days and nights of rioting that followed, the ensuing organization of the LGBTQ community - and the 50 years since in which activists and ordinary people have dedicated their lives to reversing the global position. PRIDE documents the milestones in the fight for equality, from the victories of early activists, to the gradual acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community in politics, sport and the media and the passing of legislation barring discrimination.

Covering the key figures and notable moments, events and breakthroughs of the movement through the reproduction of rare images and documents, and featuring personal testimony essays from notable figures, Pride is a unique and comprehensive account of the ongoing challenges facing the LGBTQ community, and a celebration of the equal rights that have been won for many as a result of the sacrifices and passion of this mass movement.

Includes personal testimonies from: Travis Alabanza, Bisi Alimi, Georgina Beyer, Jonathan Blake, Rabbi Deborah Brin, Maureen Duffy, David Furnish, Nan Goldin, Asifa Lahore, Paris Lees, Lewis Oakley, Reverend Troy Perry, Darryl Pinckney, Jake Shears, Judy Shepard and Will Young.


about the author

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matthew todd

Matthew Todd is the author of Straight Jacket (2016), which was awarded Boyz magazine Best LGBTQ Book of 2017. He is Editor-at-Large of Attitude, the UK’s bestselling gay magazine - in 2016 he secured Prince William as a cover star, the first time a member of the British Royal Family has featured on the cover of a gay magazine. Matthew writes for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Observer and Newsnight.

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