Andrew Christian

Stonewall Anniversary June 28th, 2012

If the patrons of the Stonewall Inn had not fought back on June 28th, 1969, who knows where we would be today. The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. The demonstrations are frequently cited as the first instance in American history when people in the homosexual community fought back against a government-sponsored system that persecuted sexual minorities, and they have become the defining event that marked the start of the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world.

Be Proud.


1 comment:

  1. Let's not forget the riots of New Year's 1967 in Silverlake at the Black Cat Tavern (the now closed for a straight bar even though it is on the National Gay Historic Register - Le Barcito). Plain clothes officers witnessed gay men kissing at New Year's and began beating and arresting patrons. Riots spilled into the streets, and hundreds demonstrated for days to come. 1968 brought the raid of the gay bar The Patch in Wilmington. The Advocate and the MCC church were born out of these two riots, as well as other gay rights groups. Stonewall Inn definitely was not the first time the community fought back, but often is credited as such. Not to dismiss the significance of Stonewall, but let's not get history twisted and let's remember all of those who fought for our rights even before Stonewall.


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