IT’S THE HOME OF STONEWALL (AND HENCE GAY LIB­ER­A­TION)

DNA Magazine - - THE USA ISSUE -

In Amer­ica, the Stonewall Ri­ots are con­sid­ered the most in­flu­en­tial event lead­ing to the Gay Lib­er­a­tion move­ment.

The peace­ful and gen­teel Mat­ta­chine So­ci­ety had been po­litely lob­by­ing for recog­ni­tion of ho­mo­sex­u­als in law since the ’50s, and the establishment had been po­litely ig­nor­ing them.

But when queers took a stand against po­lice bru­tal­ity and cor­rup­tion at the Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, it sparked a riot that con­tin­ued over three nights. It dragged the is­sue of gay and les­bian civil rights kick­ing and scream­ing and blood­ied onto the front pages at a time when even The Vil­lage Voice wouldn’t use the term “gay” to re­fer to ho­mo­sex­u­als. Gay Lib­er­a­tion was born, not just in the USA, but around the world.

Since then, LGBTIQ he­roes and our al­lies have protested tire­lessly for equal­ity. There are count­less peo­ple to thank and hon­our – and with Stonewall’s 50th an­niver­sary ap­proach­ing in 2019, we look for­ward to that cel­e­bra­tion.

Pres­i­dent Trump’s at­tempts to ban trans peo­ple from the mil­i­tary, and the anti-LGBTIQ stance of Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence and Sec­re­tary Of Ed­u­ca­tion Betsy DeVos are as close as the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion has come to rolling back our rights… so far. How­ever, with the in­cum­bent’s known ap­petite for racism, misog­yny, trans­pho­bia and xeno­pho­bia, we’d bet­ter stay vig­i­lant!

Vi­sions Of Stonewall (Right) The inn at the time of the ri­ots in 1969; (above) and more re­cently; (top) the gay lib­er­a­tion marches that the Stonewall ri­ots in­spired.

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