Friday, June 26, 2009
Stonewall and Beyond: Lesbian and Gay Culture From a '70s Gay Liberation Front Poster (Used on the jacket cover of: Duberman, Stonewall, 1993.) The Stonewall Riot and Its Aftermath Guest Curator (Cases 1 & 2): Ken Harlin, Starr East Asian Library, Columbia University On Friday evening, June 27, 1969, the New York City tactical police force raided a popular Greenwich Village gay bar, the Stonewall Inn. Raids were not unusual in 1969; in fact, they were conducted regularly without much resistance. However, that night the street erupted into violent protest as the crowds in the bar fought back. The backlash and several nights of protest that followed have come to be known as the Stonewall Riots. Prior to that summer there was little public expression of the lives and experiences of gays and lesbians. The Stonewall Riots marked the beginning of the gay liberation movement that has transformed the oppression of gays and lesbians into calls for pride and action. In the past twenty-five years we have all been witness to an astonishing flowering of gay culture that has changed this country and beyond, forever. Featured here are clippings from the local New York City press reporting the "melee" in 1969, along with firsthand accounts published in later years about that night.
Posted by De Sube at 6/26/2009 10:04:00 AM