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