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Stonewall Riots and Eminent Gay Historian David Carter Dies at 67

Stonewall Riots and Eminent Gay Historian David Carter Dies at 67

David Carter, author and gay historian who is credited with writing the definitive book about the 1969 Stonewall riots, died on May 1 at his Greenwich Village apartment in New York City. He was 67.

Via the Washington Blade:

David Carter’s 2004 book “Stonewall: The Riots That Sparked the Gay Revolution” thrust Carter into the limelight as a leading expert on the June 1969 riots triggered by the now infamous police raid on the Stonewall gay bar in Greenwich Village in which the patrons fought back.

Carter’s book was the basis for the PBS American Experience film “Stonewall Uprising,” which won a Peabody Award. He also played a key role working with the U.S. National Park Service to have the site of the Stonewall bar and surrounding streets designated as a national monument and an historic landmark.

Carter is known as one of the few Gay and LGBT historians who thoroughly researched the events of what really happened over the 4 nights of the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village and despite pushback presented the facts without any fictionalization or bending to any political or social agenda.

For the past 10 years David Carter had been working on – a definitive biography of gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny, the co-founder of the Mattachine Society of Washington, D.C. in the early 1960s.

There is no word if Cater’s unfinished work on Frank Kameny will be published.

Rest in Peace David.