Stonewall – was it a riot, an uprising or a rebellion?

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28 June is the anniversary of the Stonewall riots (also referred to as the Stonewall uprising or the Stonewall rebellion) – a series of spontaneous, violent demonstrations by members of the LGBT community in response to a police raid that began in the early morning hours of 28 June 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of Manhattan, New York City.

Patrons of the Stonewall, other Village lesbian and gay bars, and neighbourhood street people fought back when the police became violent. The riots are widely considered to constitute one of the most important events leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights.

“Who threw the first brick at Stonewall?” has become a rally cry, a cliché and a queer inside joke – never mind the fact that it’s not clear whether bricks were ever thrown during the riots at all.

What we do know is that Marsha and Sylvia gave their lives fighting for LGBT+ rights.

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Four members of Out In The City recorded podcasts “My Story, My Music” which are out now and available to listen to 24/7:

David

Gary

Patrick

Pauline

They will also soon be broadcast weekly on sonderradio.com !

If you would like to contribute your own “My Story, My Music” please feel free to contact us here

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Some research which may be of interest:

Coronavirus and the social impacts on older people

Lockdown could leave next generation of retirees poorer and sicker than the last

Mental health and coronavirus

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Lockdown restrictions mean the traditional Pride celebrations have been cancelled for 2020. But we can celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with the release of a collection of powerful audio works on BBC Sounds, covering a wide range of experiences ranging from 20th Century LGBTQ+ history to explorations of what it’s like to be LGBTQ+ in today’s world. Click here

 

One thought on “Stonewall – was it a riot, an uprising or a rebellion?

  1. Good radio show by David Rhodes – I enjoyed his music selection.

    Happy Pride

    David Austin (Rev) Oldham

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