aviewfromthebrink.typepad.com > Pride '09: 40 years since Stonewall

On June 28, 1969, in Greenwich Village, New York City, what is known as the first uprising by homosexuals against police repression happened at an establishment called the Stonewall Inn. It was a defining event that marked the start of the "Gay rights" movement in the U.S. *** In the 1960s police routinely raided bars catering to homosexuals, however, the normal roust turned into a melee that night, as police reportedly got rougher than usual with the patrons and it reached a flash point, inciting a riot. Simmering resentment between the Gay community of NYC and that city's police exploded and protests followed the next evening and a few nights afterward. In the following weeks activist groups were organized to focus on establishing places for gays and lesbians to practice their sexual orientation openly without getting arrested. *** Forty years later, homosexuals in five states of the Union now have the right to marry but California is not one of them, as that state's Supreme Court recently upheld Prop. 8, a state voter initiative that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. That decision has now been challenged in federal court and both sides of the issue are waiting to see if the state court's decision will be overturned. *** So while 40 years have given homosexual men and women much to celebrate, this community is also looking at future battles for full acceptance. *** All photos by Thomas K. Pendergast, copyright 2009

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