June commemorates the Stonewall uprising of 1969, when gays, lesbians, and transgender people fought back against a police raid, demanding fair treatment. Prior to Stonewall, patrons of gay bars were frequently arrested for wearing fewer than three pieces of “gender appropriate” clothing, beaten, photographed, and fired. From Boston marriages to McCarthyism to the Compton’s Cafeteria protest to AIDS to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” to marriage equality and beyond, the history of LGBTQ people is a history of the struggle for personal freedom in America. Join us as the Watershed Reading Series at Arts + Literature Laboratory celebrates Pride Month with a reading from Joey Belonger, Bridget Birdsall, Lissa McLaughlin, Ali Muldrow, Alaura Seidl, Abigail Swetz, and Tobias Wray--seven poets who examine not only what it means to be LGBTQ in Wisconsin today, but also what it means to be human.
The Watershed Reading Series is supported by Dane Arts with additional funds from the Endres Mfg. Company Foundation, The Evjue Foundation, Inc, charitable arm of The Capital Times, the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation, and the Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation.