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  • What happened at Stonewall 50 years ago? And why did it matter?

    Illinois history professor Kevin Mumford says historians debate how much the Stonewall riots were a watershed moment for the gay rights movement, but for those involved, “everything seemed to change overnight.”

    Illinois history professor Kevin Mumford says historians debate how much the Stonewall riots were a watershed moment for the gay rights movement, but for those involved, “everything seemed to change overnight.”

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  • Editor’s note:

    To reach Kevin Mumford, email kmumford@illinois.edu.

    Mumford also is the author of “Not Straight, Not White,” a 2016 history of black gay men, and was the guest editor of a recent special issue on LGBT themes for the Journal of African American History.