The 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots – In 1969, the very existence of queer people was illegal in America. They couldn’t drink. They couldn’t gather publicly. They couldn’t show affection without facing a nightstick. Outside of a sliver of Greenwich Village — the famed Christopher Street — to be completely invisible was considered a matter of survival in New York City. Thus, Greenwich Village’s Stonewall Inn — a dimly lit dive bar, which operated under mob control — was a refuge, the one place where a true rainbow of LGBTQ folks came together to celebrate themselves with (watered-down) drinks in hand and music pulsating through their veins. That’s 50th Anniversary Stonewall 1969 The First Pride Was A Riot Vintage shirt.
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“You could dance!” one patron recalls. “It was the only place you could dance.” And when the cops tried to take that away? A movement was born. A pivotal moment in civil rights took place the week of June 28, 1969. That day, police raided a gay bar called the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The move was a clear condemnation by law enforcement officials of the city’s gay population. The volatile riots that followed sparked a new sense of urgency about demanding tolerance for persecuted communities. On the 50th anniversary of what became known as the Stonewall Riots, take a look back at some of the motivations, experiences, and consequences stemming from this seminal turning point in the fight for equality.
2019 is the 50th Anniversary of The Stonewall Riots in 1969. This is why The Gay Pride Parade is important and why the battle effort for all of us, that means “All Citizens” is far from over. Thank you Robin Taylor! WELL WORTH WATCHING! To our LGBTQ colleagues, clients, friends, and family, we salute the valuable contributions you have made to culture, industry, and community. “June 1, 2019, marks the first day of Pride Month, which celebrates the everyone in the LGBTQ community. The month also honors the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, otherwise known as the Stonewall Uprising, which saw members of the LGBTQ community fight back against harassment from the police in Greenwich Village in June 1969.”