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
! [more inside]
posted by ericb
on Jun 27, 2009 -
Warning: Explicit sexual content.
"These firefighters dedicated their lives to save the lives of others. They did not sign on to become unwilling props to a controversial political and social agenda," says Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, representing a group of brave men in uniform who were subjected to "vile sexual taunts" at a San Diego gay pride parade
. Via Gawker
posted by digaman
on Aug 8, 2007 -
Can gay sex succeed where Colin Powell failed?
Great story about Jerusalem's first gay pride parade, planned for June 7. Orthodox deputy mayor Shmuel Shkedi is incensed: "The very existence of these people is a provocation, their existence is uncivilized...This thing must be condemned." Meanwhile, the organization behind the march, Jerusalem Open House
, continues to host meetings of Israeli and Palestinian gays and lesbians on the same street where suicide bombers killed 11 and injured 188 last Dec. And here's a report of Arik Sharon telling g/l leaders, "I think everybody should live their lives as they choose to"
at a Feb. 26 meeting -- the first-ever between an Israeli Prime Minister and representatives of the lesbian/gay/bi/transgender community. Commence group hugging now. (more links inside)
posted by mediareport
on May 6, 2002 -
a relatively complete listing of gay pride days around the world. just in case you're proud only once a year.
posted by patricking
on Jun 17, 2000 -