Bathhouses offered places where gay men could actually have sex--that was the bathhouses' sole purpose--but socializing there was largely incidental to sexual activity. Highly recommended. Trivia About Stonewall: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Friend Reviews. I would like to note that a PBS documentary Stonewall Uprising was based on Carter's book, but does not do it justice.
Was Judy Garland's death connected to the riots?
Carter leads the reader through the whole gamut of emotions, first sadness and powerlessness as he lays the background for the riots, and just what a shitty situation LGBT people lived in before the riots, then anger and joy as the rioters get the best of the cops, and finally, satisfaction, as the GLF and GAA seize the moment, force the hand of politicians in their favor and organize dances that were, finally, not Mafia-controlled. Carter gives and excellent telling of the climate of LGBT in and out of politics and the riots, but once the riots are over, it leaves the reader wanting to know how specifically they changed society other than inspiring the LGBT revolution and liberation. Martin's Griffin.