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May 18 2020
Prominent Gay Historian & Author David Carter Dies @ 67 Comments (0)

Stonewall-david-carter-boycultureCarter's book is a highly regarded work of nonfiction on the topic of gay rights. (Image via Macmillan)

David Carter, historian and author of Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution (2004), died May 1 of a heart attack, The New York Times reports.

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Carter's work on the subject of the riots helped secure the Stonewall Inn its spot in the National Register of Historic Places, a first for an LGBTQ site.

Among Carter's assertions following his exhaustive research: Judy Garland had nothing to do with it, and the riots were a family affair:

I think it is worth noting that during the Uprising participants were not thinking in the neat categories we employ today.

He did, however, also argue:

All available evidence leads us to conclude that the Stonewall Riots were instigated and led by the most despised and marginal elements of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community.

This included a lesbian dressed in traditionally male clothing (whose identity is not definitively known, trans people and local homeless youths.

His book was a Randy Shilts/Publishing Triangle Award finalist.