Saturday, June 27, 2009

Stonewall Riots

Gay Pride Pride Festivals are scheduled in June because that is when the Stonewall Riots were waged.

In the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, a group of 8 New York police raided the Stonewall Inn, a Greenwich Village bar. While these types of raids were fairly common at the time, on this day, no one was having any of it. There are many possible reasons given. From the fact that a legal victory had been won the previous month, to the fact that people were in fact mourning the death of Judy Garland. Whatever the reason, this raid sparked 3 days of riots, and marked the beginning of the modern Gay Rights Movement. It wasn't the beginning of the struggle for gay rights, that had started long before, but this rebellion against the status quo is what is celebrated around the world in Gay Pride events in June.

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