Stonewall gay rights movement

The raid sparked a riot among bar patrons and neighborhood residents as police roughly hauled employees and patrons out of the bar, leading to six days of protests and violent clashes with law enforcement outside the bar on Christopher Street, in neighboring streets and in nearby Christopher Park. The Stonewall Riots served as a catalyst for the gay rights movement in the United States and around the world. The s and preceding decades were not welcoming times for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT Americans. For instance, solicitation of same-sex relations was illegal in New York City. For such reasons, LGBT individuals flocked to gay bars and clubs, places of refuge where they could express themselves openly and socialize without worry.

Stonewall: A riot that changed millions of lives

'Grandfather of the gay rights movement' gets his due in 'The Deviant's War'

Protesters took to the streets in the aftermath of the Stonewall riots in lower Manhattan in the summer of Stonewall marked a turning point in the gay rights movement. Date June 27, July 1, In truth, the crowd that day numbered about , at least at first.

'Grandfather of the gay rights movement' gets his due in 'The Deviant's War'

By Huw Lemmey. Among the stories of the ongoing war, specialist Henry Baird noticed an unusual headline. I thought about what I had read frequently, but I had no one to discuss it with. And secretly within myself I decided that when I came back stateside, if I should survive to come back stateside, I would come out as a gay person. After Stonewall, things could never go back to how they were before.
The story is well known : A routine police raid of a mafia-owned gay bar in New York City sparked three nights of riots and, with them, the global gay rights movement. What was different about Stonewall was that gay activists around the country were prepared to commemorate it publicly. Those nationally coordinated activist commemorations were evidence of an LGBTQ movement that had rapidly grown in strength during the s, not a movement sparked by a single riot.
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