Yesterday marked the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, which most people cite as the starting point of the modern gay rights movement. Here’s a terrific piece from Democracy Now! to mark the occasion. It includes comments from historians, as well as a terrific radio documentary that features several “Stonewall vets” who recall gay life in NYC before the riots and offer memories of the uprising itself.

As a bonus, here’s the Bowery Boys’ podcast on Stonewall; this year they added a profile on a pre-Stonewall gay bar called Julius’