Today, approximately 40 percent of the people in women’s prisons identify as queer. Hear from bestselling author and historian Hugh Ryan as he shares insights from his new book, The Women's House of Detention: A Queer History of a Forgotten Prison.
This singular history of a prison, and the queer women and trans people held there, is a window into the policing of queerness and radical politics in the twentieth century. From the lesbian communities forged through the Women’s House of Detention to the turbulent prison riots that preceded Stonewall, this is this story of one building and much more: the people it caged, the neighborhood it changed, and the resistance it inspired.
Join Hugh Ryan for a book talk and conversation with the Very Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Trinity’s Theologian-in-residence, and take part in audience Q&A and a book signing. Books may be purchased here.