40 Years Ago...
June 27, 2009 2:05 PM Subscribe
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In the heart of Greenwich Village, New York City at 1:20 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, 1969 eight New York City police raided a gay bar, the Stonewall Inn
(later deemed a National Historic Landmark
). "As the police raided the bar, a crowd of four hundred patrons gathered on the street outside and watched the officers arrest the bartender, the doorman, and a few drag queens [see: police arrest reports
]. The crowd, which eventually grew to an estimated 2,000 strong, was fed up."*
Thus began three days of rioting
and the advent of the modern gay rights movement. In honor of the Stonewall Riots, many gay pride
celebrations around the world are held during the month of June, including this week(end)'s NYC Pride
, celebrating 40 years of Stonewall's impact on seeking to bring civil rights to all, including the LGBT community. Happy Pride
Charlie Rose: The Legacy of the Stonewall Riots of 1969 [video | 57:21].
Remembering Stonewall [radio documentary | 38:50]
Jim Fouratt talks with Stephen Colbert the significance of the Stonewall riots for the gay rights movement and his frustration with Barack Obama [video | 06:00].
And ...rawrrr... Love Ball Marks 'Stonewall 40' with Skin and Hippies in Times Square.