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#72136 - 12/13/03 07:14 PM A refresher
brian-z Offline

Registered: 07/11/02
Posts: 770
Loc: Western USA
Normaly I post this at the end of June.

On the night of June 27th 1969, the usual crowd gathered at the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village. New York Beverage Control Board agents and NYC police officers raided the bar to enforce an alcohol control law that was seldom enforced anywhere else in the city.

Raids on gay establishments, however, were common at the time and were conducted regularly with little or no resistance, as fearful gay patrons were physically forced out of their gathering places, sometimes beaten, and often arrested with no just cause. In fact, this raid was the second such raid at the Stonewall Inn that week.

On the night of June 27th, lesbians and gay men spontaneously fought back against police harassment for the first time. The crowd inside and outside the bar erupted into violent resistance against the officers as they singled out patrons to load into waiting paddy wagons. More police reinforcements were called in as local gays and lesbians united in enraged confrontation.

Word spread quickly about the confrontation and large, outraged crowds gathered on ensuing nights to protest the mistreatment historically inflicted on the gay community. These protests came to be known as the Stonewall Rebellion, and the uprising was the catalyst for the modern political movement for gay and lesbian liberation - calling for gay pride and action to secure their basic civil rights.

The event since then has been commemorated by an annual parade held each year in New York City and Los Angeles on the last Sunday in June, a tradition starting with marches on June 28,1970 marking the anniversary of the Stonewall Rebellion.

The Stonewall Inn was declared a national historical landmark in March 2000, cited as the birthplace of the modern gay and lesbian civil rights movement.

Never let SA make you ashamed of who you are.

#72137 - 12/14/03 12:11 AM Re: A refresher
Lloydy Offline
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Registered: 04/17/02
Posts: 7071
Loc: England Shropshire
Just look at Stonewall now, one of the most effective pressure groups worldwide - rightly so as well.


ps - have you emptied your mailbox yet ? ;\)

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined. As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler.
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#72138 - 12/14/03 06:34 PM Re: A refresher
crisispoint Offline

Registered: 09/24/03
Posts: 2154
Loc: Massachusetts
I believe that it was Sir Ian McKellan, when he was playing Magneto in X2, who said, "you are a God among insects. Never be ashamed about what you are!"

Stonewall forever. Pride forever. Diversity forever.

Peace and love,

Scot \:D

There are reasons I'm taking medication. They're called "other people." - Me, displaying my anti-social tendancies


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