Friday, 12 June 2020

51 Years Since the Stonewall Riots

To this day, the Stonewall riots are widely considered to be one of the most important events leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT+ rights.

On the morning of June 28 1969, police raided an underground gay bar in New York city called Stonewall Inn. The raid wasn’t unusual but that morning the response was.

This time, as the police got violent, the people in the Stonewall Inn fought back.

Marsha P. Johnson, a black trans woman, threw the first brick. Stormé DeLarverie, a black lesbian woman, threw the first punch. And so began the Stonewall riots.

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