Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Today in Gay History!!

On Friday, June 27th, 1969, late in the evening, New York City police made a planned raid on The Stonewall Inn, which was a gay dance bar at 53 Christopher Street in Greenwich Village.

What began simply for the police department as a routine "fag-bar" raid quickly escalated into five nights and early morning hours disturbances during which LGBT people decided literally to fight back.

Leading the fight were transgender people and people of color. On the first night, employees were arrested. Some customers were told to leave. Others were detained. But the raid turned ugly around 2 a.m. Saturday morning when angry LGBT people and others started yelling "GAY POWER!" and throwing stones, coins, and bottles.

The cops barricaded themselves inside on one of the nights, and the place was attacked from outside by as many as 300-400 people. The police, trapped inside, called for reinforcements. Not all onlookers were pleased, and some threw bottles at the LGBT people.When police reinforcements arrived, some of the rioters dispersed for awhile, but regrouped.

For the next several evenings, and after the media reported the eye-catching, escalating incident, they and hundreds of others returned. The word got around fast.

The last week of June 1969 became known as the time of the Stonewall Rebellion, which inspired the start of US Gay Pride Week.

(plus, there's that whole Judy Garland death thing, and the Tate/LaBianca murders commited by the Manson family a month later, but that's a history lesson for another day, chirrenz!)
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Blogger Bedazzler said...

y'ALL I've got totes RESPECT for those bitchuz. " If I could live my life the way I do today" well I do and thank dog, gurls!

7:53 AM PDT  

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