It all started at the well-known gay bar on Christopher Street named Stonewall Inn. During the 1950s-1970s it was practically illegal to openly be proud of diverging from the more popular orientation of heterosexuality for many reasons like religion politics etc. During the sixties, cops would raid gay bars routinely in hopes to arrest the rebels not abiding the anti-gay laws that banned homosexual acts. On June 27, 1969, cops did their usual rounds of gay bar invasions and the patrons were fed up and began fighting back. June 28,1969 the following morning, a “war” was started when cops invaded Stonewall Inn. “Stonewall Inn was registered as a type of private “bottle bar,” which did not require a liquor license because patrons were supposed to bring their own liquor.” (Editors, 2017).While resisting arrest a lesbian was hit over the head while being shoved in a paddy wagon and yelled at onlookers to retaliate. Marsha P. Johnson, a black transgender-woman sex-worker threw a brick at a cop and seconds later began a full-blown riot. The riot continued as protests for a few more nights after.
“The crime syndicate saw profit in catering to shunned gay clientele, and by the mid-1960s, the Genovese crime family controlled most Greenwich Village gay bars. In 1966, they purchased Stonewall Inn (a “straight” bar and restaurant), cheaply renovated it, and reopened it the next year as a gay bar,” (Editors, 2017).
This was one of many riots that led to the progression of of the gay rights movement. The following year, On Sunday, June 28, 1970, at around noon, in New York gay activist groups held their own pride parade, known as the Christopher Street Liberation Day, to recall the events of Stonewall one year earlier. On November 2, 1969, Craig Rodwell, his partner Fred Sargeant, Ellen Broidy, and Linda Rhodes proposed the first gay pride parade to be held in New York City by way of a resolution at the Eastern Regional Conference of Homophile Organizations (ERCHO) meeting in Philadelphia. A proposition was made to anually commemorate the 1969 riots and be called Christopher Street Liberation, with no dress or age regulations, which would follow worldwide.
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“In 2016, President Barack Obama designated the site of the riots—Stonewall Inn, Christopher Park, and the surrounding streets and sidewalks—a national monument in recognition of the area’s contribution to gay and human rights,” (Editors, 2017).
Editors, History.com. “Stonewall Riots.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 31 May 2017,www.history.com/topics/gay-rights/the-stonewall-riots.
Lopez, German. “Police Used to Raid Gay Bars. Now They March in Pride Parades.” Vox, Vox, 14 June 2017,www.vox.com/identities/2017/6/14/15768274/police-lgbtq-pride-stonewall.
Tran, Chrysanthemum. “When Remembering Stonewall, We Need To Listen to Those Who Were There.” Them., Them., 24 June 2019,www.them.us/story/who-threw-the-first-brick-at-stonewall.
Solomon, Andrew. “The First New York Pride March Was an Act of 'Desperate Courage'.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 27 June 2019,www.nytimes.com/2019/06/27/nyregion/pride-parade-first-new-york-lgbtq.html.