StoryCorps Releases Hopeful, Pre-Stonewall Story for National Coming Out Day

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As part of StoryCorps’ OutLoud initiative to gather LGBTQ stories across America, Patrick Haggerty recalls talking with his father about being gay in rural Dry Creek, Washington, in the late 1950s.

The groundbreaking oral history project StoryCorps released the animated short “The Saint of Dry Creek” in partnership with the It Gets Better Project today as part of the OutLoud initiative to document the stories of LGBTQ people across America. In the story, Patrick Haggerty remembers the advice his father, a dairy farmer in rural Dry Creek, Wa., gave him when, in the late 1950s, he realized his son was gay.

OutLoud documents the powerful, varied experiences of LGBTQ people. The initiative honors the stories of those who lived before the 1969 Stonewall uprisings, celebrates the lives of LGBTQ youth, and amplifies the voices of those most often excluded from the historical record.

“We’ve recorded 700 interviews with 1500 people in the last year,” Isay tells Out. “I am surprised again and again how important these interviews are to the participants, and how powerful the stories are, and how little there is in the public record about life pre-Stonewall, especially in small towns and red states, like in this recent story. They rip my heart out—and inspire me—again and again. “

The end result of OutLoud will be a diverse collection of stories that will enrich our nation’s history.StoryCorps launched OutLoud in 2014 on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the riots, in memory of StoryCorps founder Dave Isay’s father, the renowned psychiatrist and early advocate for marriage equality Dr. Richard Isay, who came out to Dave when he was 22 and Richard was 52. More information about OutLoud, and interviews collected for the initiative, can be found

StoryCorps and the It Gets Better Project released this animated story for National Coming Out Day. See more



Stonewall Book Awards 2015

Three Honor Books for Children and Young Adults were selected:

    • Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out,” by Susan Kuklin, photographed by Susan Kuklin.
    • I’ll give you the sun,” written by Jandy Nelson, published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) LLC.
    • Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress,” written by Christine Baldacchio, pictures by Isabelle Malenfant, published by Groundwood Books / House of Anansi Press.


The Stonewall Book Awards – Barbara Gitting Literature Award was presented to “Prelude to Bruise” by Saeed Jones  and published by Coffee House Press.

Four Honor Books in Literature were selected:
  • Frog Music” written by Emma Donoghue and published by Little, Brown and Company.
  • Bitter Eden” written by Tatamkhulu Afrika and published by Picador.
  • The Two Hotels Francforts” written by David Leavitt and published by Bloomsbury.
  • My Real Children” written by Jo Walton and published by Tor Books.

The Stonewall Book Awards – Israel Fishman Non-Fiction Award was presented to “Living Out Islam: Voices of Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Muslims” written by Scott Siraj al-Haqq Kugle and published by New York University Press.

Four Honor Books in Non-Fiction were selected:
  • Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love and So Much More” written by Janet Mock and published by Atria Books.
  • Gay Berlin: Birthplace of a Modern Identity” written by Robert Beachy and published by Knopf.
  • Hold Tight Gently: Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS” written  by Martin Duberman and published by The New Press.
  • Charity and Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America” written by Rachel Hope Cleves and published by Oxford University Press.