COMMEMORATES A TIME WHERE RIOTS AND PROTESTS CREATED AWARENESS OF DEEP-SEATED PROBLEMS AND ENERGIZED PEOPLE TO TAKE ACTION TO CREATE SUBSTANTIAL CHANGE
On June 28th, 1969, eight officers from the New York City’s Public Morals Division, a unit NYPD, raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in NYC’s Greenwich Village. This raid wasn’t unusual. Back then, the Public Morals Division enforced all laws for vice and gambling, including prostitution, narcotics and homosexuality. Cops could arrest and even force hospitalization of gay people.
On this particular evening, however, the bar patrons fought back.
Hundreds of people resisted arrest and fought against police oppression.
NYC’s Tactical Patrol Force intervened, but even they were run out by the rioters. Things eventually calmed down. But once the word got out about the riots, thousands returned the next night to continue the protest.
The protest lasted six days , with black and brown queer and trans folks, like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, leading a revolution.
The rage and fervor caused by the Stonewall riots helped catapult the LGBTQ movement to a new level.
The following year, the anniversary of the riots was marked by demonstrations in multiple cities.
The parades were a mix of politics and celebration. They also served as a huge megaphone for LGBTQ needs and rights — like protection against harassment, raising awareness of the AIDS epidemic or fighting for marriage equality.
President Obama officially declared June as LGBT Pride month. Today the LGBTQ community can get married and legally adopt children in all 50 states.
adapted from words by Brian Thompson
ACCOUNTS TO FOLLOW
MOVIES AND DOCUMENTARIES TO WATCH
THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON
As she fights the tide of violence against trans women, activist Victoria Cruz probes the suspicious 1992 death of her friend Marsha P. Johnson.
THE DANISH GIRL
In 1920s Denmark, married artists embark on a journey of unconditional love when the husband announces his intentions to live life as a woman.
The Justin Fashanu Story. This documentary chronicles the tragic, true story of Justin Fashanu, the first -- and only -- openly gay man to have played professional soccer.
a treasure trove of a website full of LGBTQ asian films
PODCASTS TO LISTEN TO
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MAKING GAY HISTORY
Making Gay History documents the oral history of those on the frontlines of the LGBTQ movement from 1945-1990
Officially, the show is about pop culture and the complicated lives of the people who create it. Unofficially, it also serves an on-air therapy session for two friends trying to adjust to growing up.
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