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Monday, June 30, 2014

Stonewall: A Civil Rights Movement

45 Years Ago, A Movement Was Born: Why The Stonewall Riots Matter: We remember the Stonewall Riots 45 years later, talking to those who were there and those whom it affected today.


Excerpts:

"But as the LGBT community and their allies continue the fight for full equality, today is a cause to look back on the moment that helped pave the road to where we are today."

"There was a time when LGBT people were forced to hide in the shadows, their way of life criminalized – marriage wasn’t even a consideration. Police would raid gay bars (if they weren’t getting paid off by the owners) and arrest people on the spot if they didn’t have identification, or if they were in drag."

"But in 1969, came the biggest moment in the history of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement: the Stonewall Riots in New York City."

"On Saturday, June 28, police raided the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village. This was routine at the time, but this raid would be like no other before. As police they were lining bar-goers up for inspection, all hell broke loose."

"The riots became national news the next day, and what was just one night of chaos turned into an organized movement with LGBT groups popping up around the city, and soon, around the country."
“To me, Stonewall is an act from people who were tired of being pushed into the shadows of society, taking a stand for their human dignity,” said Susanna Aaron, a volunteer working for Stonewall’s 45th anniversary. “There was a moment of fury which was these riots at this bar but this community turned it into a real political movement with very clear goals.”

"For Autumn Young-Tsan, the Stonewall Riots gave her the legal ability to get married — her whole life, she told us, tearing up."

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