Hugh Ryan at Brooklyn Community Pride Center

Author photo of Hugh Ryan with book cover of The Women's House of Detention. Brooklyn Community Pride Center logo and Greenlight Bookstore logo featured on flyer.Live at Brooklyn Community Pride Center 
Thursday, November 17, 6:30PM ET
Hugh Ryan presents
The Women's House of Detention

Today, approximately 40 percent of the people in women’s prisons identify as queer; in earlier decades, that percentage was almost certainly higher. Historian Hugh Ryan explores the roots of this crisis and reconstructs the little-known lives of incarcerated New Yorkers, making a uniquely queer case for prison abolition—and demonstrating that by queering the Village, the House of D helped define queerness for the rest of America. From the lesbian communities forged through The Women’s House of Detention to the turbulent prison riots that presaged Stonewall, this is the story of one building and much more: the people it caged, the neighborhood it changed, and the resistance it inspired.

Event location: Brooklyn Pride Community Center Crown Heights

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Thursday, November 17, 2022 - 6:30pm

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1561 Bedford Avenue
Suite Ground A
Brooklyn, NY 11225
The Women's House of Detention: A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison By Hugh Ryan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781645036661
Availability: Not In Store / Available To Order (allow for shipping time to bookstore or direct-to-home)
Published: Bold Type Books - May 10th, 2022

When Brooklyn Was Queer: A History By Hugh Ryan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250621405
Availability: Available In Store Now (while supplies last)
Published: St. Martin's Griffin - June 23rd, 2020

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