NYC Pride and Stonewall Inn with Bryan Pirolli - Context Travel

NYC Pride and Stonewall Inn with Bryan Pirolli


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Many people have heard of Stonewall Inn, but this conversation will explore the build-up of how this lowly gay bar became the epicenter of the modern gay rights movement in 1969. We will focus on the social and historical factors that made New York City the hotbed of social activism, while addressing some of the myths surrounding the events at Stonewall on June 28 and beyond. Gay liberation didn't necessarily start in New York, but the city made the movement a household name. This conversation takes a brief look at the history of LGBTIQ+ lives in New York City. The goal will be to understand why the Stonewall riots happened at all, and why it became a National Monument in 2016.

We'll start by setting the scene with a brief overview of the curious queer culture from the Dutch settlers all the way to early 1900. From there, we'll discuss the changes brought by World War II, which set the stage for New York to become a gay metropolis of sorts. We'll then take a more focused look at the events that led up to the often-disputed events at Stonewall in the 1960s, commemorated each year during Pride Month. This conversation will introduce the laws, events, characters, places (that still exist!), and colorful stories that define New York City as the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement.

Led by an expert on LGBTIQ+ history and media, Bryan Pirolli, this interactive seminar will address the historical underpinnings of Stonewall Inn and its world-famous riots in 1969. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of New York City's role in LGBTIQ+ culture.

Bryan is a dual national who spent years touring and writing about France as a journalist and researcher in Paris, where he completed his PhD at the Sorbonne. He launched The Gay Locals in 2015, offering LGBTQ services for travelers after writing countless articles and guidebooks that seemed to ignore this segment of history and culture.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.