Tuesday, April 27 @ 6:30 pm
Join us for a virtual event with Jay Toole, a featured contributor to The Stonewall Reader, a selected pick for April's Books Through Bars book drive. Toole will be in conversation with Bill Goldstein, author of a forthcoming biography of Larry Kramer.
In support of our ongoing book drive for NYC Books Through Bars, Freebird is hosting another virtual event around a featured book. This month we focus on The Stonewall Reader, an invaluable collection assembled by the New York Public Library's Jason Baumann of firsthand accounts, diaries, periodic literature, and articles from LGBTQ magazines and newspapers.
Amongst the voices documenting the riots and the gay liberation movement it sparked is Jay Toole. A longtime friend of NYC Books Through Bars and a formerly incarcerated reader herself, Toole was 21, openly queer, and homeless when riots broke out at the Stonewall Inn in 1969.
Outspoken since then in drawing attention to LGBTQ rights, Toole helped found Queers for Economic Justice, a non-profit promoting economic justice in a context of sexual and gender liberation. There she pioneered the Shelter Project, a program to address homelessness within the New York shelter system.
Jay Toole will be in conversation with Bill Goldstein, author of a forthcoming biography of Larry Kramer, as well as of The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster and the Year that Changed Literature. He reviews books and interviews authors for NBC's "Weekend Today in New York," and was the books editor of nytimes.com.
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