Stained Glass Windows: The Life and Death of Jimmy Zappalorti

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Stained Glass Windows: The Life and Death of Jimmy Zappalorti

The hate crime that shocked a city and changed the law

Authored by Robert Zappalorti

In January 1990, two Staten Island men, Michael Taylor and Philip Sarlo, brutally murdered Jimmy Zappalorti - not for money, not for revenge, but out of prejudice and hatred: Jimmy was a gay man. Beaten. Stabbed. His body thrown in the Arthur Kill to hide the crime. But Jimmy was found - and
humanity rallied around the inhumanity. Taylor and Sarlo tried to silence Jimmy for being gay - but they only succeeded in giving a voice to change. Jimmy's killing fanned a firestorm of outrage among citizens groups, politicians and the LGBT community that led to the signing on July 10, 2000, of The New York State Hate Crimes Bill - the first of its kind in the state.

Mr. Zappalorti tells Jimmy's story in his own voice: that of a brother who was Jimmy's protector in life and champion after his death, whose efforts continue to keep Jimmy's legacy alive to help maintain the fight for LGBT rights. It is a profoundly personal and universal a story, as the struggle for LGBT rights and equality continues in the face of ignorance, prejudice and, sadly, violence.

Publication Date:
0692291776 / 9780692291771
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Biography & Autobiography / LGBT

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