STAR's work addressed a wide range of needs. The group focused on survival -- offering shelter, free food, and collective space at STAR House and the Gay Community Center on 3rd Street. STAR also developed a powerful platform to address institutional violence. Members organized for incarcerated queer people, advocated for GAA's gay rights bill, worked with the Young Lords, and published articles for the gay liberation press
Journals, zines, and chapbooks were critical sites for conversation in the Gay Liberation Front. Learn how STAR fit into it all and find original articles and interviews from STAR members by requesting these journals through Pratt's Interlibrary Loan Service
Independent Voices is an open-access digital collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines, and journals, drawn from the special collections of participating libraries. These periodicals were produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBT activists, the extreme right-wing press and alternative literary magazines during the latter half of the 20th century.
The purpose of the Digital Transgender Archive (DTA) is to provide an online hub for digitized historical materials, born-digital materials, and information on archival holdings throughout the world. Their collections is text searchable and yields results if you search STAR.
As a central party in the Stonewall Rebellion and the Gay Liberation Front, STARs work has been reported on by local news. Both these titles have searchable archives that may reveal useful material in researching STAR. Trigger Warning: In some articles, journalists misgender members of S.T.A.R and use language that is violent, antiquated and offensive
Many scholars in this area make the important point, that although Stonewall was a pivotal point in LGBTQ history, there were significant LGBTQ movements leading up to this event, as well as afterwards. If you are interested in researching LGBTQ history, The New York Public Library provides excellent electronic resources to expand your knowledge.
STAR books @ Pratt Libraries