The first history of gay rights for teen readers, written by award winning nonfiction author Ann Bausum Thats the Stonewall The Stonewall Inn Pay attention History walks through that door Inbeing gay in the United States was a criminal offense It meant living a closeted life or surviving on the fringes of society People went to jail, lost jobs, and were disowned by their families for being gay Most doctors considered homosexuality a mental illness There were few safe havens The Stonewall Inn, a Mafia run, filthy, overpriced bar in New York Citys Greenwich Village, was one of them Police raids on gay bars happened regularly in this era But one hot June night, when cops pounded on the door of the Stonewall, almost nothing went as planned Tensions were high The crowd refused to go away Anger and frustration boiled over The raid became a riot The riot became a catalyst The catalyst triggered an explosive demand for gay rights A riveting exploration of the Stonewall Riots and the national Gay Rights movement that followed is eye opening, unflinching, and inspiring